Super Rugby

Reds itching for opener

Queensland Reds captain James Slipper is ready for the Super Rugby season to begin.

The Queensland Reds are done talking the talk. It's time to walk the walk.

Beauden Barrett on bench

Manawatu's Otere Black gets the nod at first five-eighth for the Hurricanes. Photo: WARWICK SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ.

All Blacks stars Beauden Barrett and Dane Coles will start on bench for the Hurricanes.

Our men on a mission

It wasn't the happiest of times for Aaron Smith by the end of 2016. But can he turn things around back with his beloved ...

 Marc Hinton looks at the Kiwi players with points to prove this Super Rugby season.

Stevenson eyes ABs jersey

Shaun Stevenson was named MVP as the Chiefs won the Brisbane Global Tens.

Shaun Stevenson is oozing confidence and he's targeting the top ahead of a big year with the Chiefs.

Super Rugby: Tipped to win


Wondering who to tip this weekend? Six Stuff rugby writers make their picks for the round ahead.

Forget SBW, Pulu's the man

Blues halfback Augustine Pulu could prove a valuable player this season.

Livewire No 9 could be the circuit-breaker the Blues need as they begin Super Rugby 2017, tonight.

Razor sharpens new Crusaders era

New captain Sam Whitelock (left) and coach Scott Robertson will guide the Crusaders into a new era following the ...

It turns out the appointment of new coach Scott Robertson was just the start of a dramatic overhaul at the Crusaders.

Time to stop quoting Quade

Hopefully Aaron Cruden will remember rugby's a game and he should be happy to be well paid to play it.

More Highlanders and less of the rest should be right Super Rugby recipe.

Chiefs to let Karpik loose

Mitch Karpik will finally get his chance in Super Rugby.

Mitch Karpik gets his Super Rugby chance in Sam Cane's absence, with a 'mini Ma'a Nonu' also lined up for the Highlanders.

Super Rugby: Who's hot at start?

The Blues have the best record of all New Zealand Super Rugby sides in season-opening matches - just.

Kiwi teams throw up some interesting numbers when it comes to their efforts in first-up matches.

Highlander's mystery illness

The Highlanders don't know what's keeping Shane Christie from playing.

Club puzzled as they still don't know what's wrong with flanker Shane Christie.

Milner-Skudder out for Canes

Nehe Milner-Skudder has been ruled out of the Hurricanes' opening match against the Sunwolves.

All Blacks utility ruled out of the Hurricanes' opener in Tokyo, opening the door for Jordie Barrett.

Brumby's brave return to rugby

Wallabies and Brumbies star Christian Lealiifano looks to have beaten leukaemia and is involved in rugby again.

Christian Lealiifano hopes to play again, but will coach in the meantime after successful cancer treatment.

Be bold, Horan implores Aussie teams

Quade Cooper returns to the Reds this season, signalling a more attacking approach.

Only way to close gap with NZ Super Rugby teams is by playing like them, says Wallabies great.

Canes lose flanker to Glasgow

Callum Gibbins on the charge for the Hurricanes.

Another blow for NZ Rugby with Callum Gibbins lured north by Manawatu connections at Scottish outfit.

Super Rugby: Need to know

Augustine Pulu could provide the spark to turn the Blues' fortunes around this Super Rugby season.

All the Super Rugby squads, fixtures, prospects and players to watch, from a Kiwi perspective.

Main men face Lions factor

Aaron Smith and TJ Perenara will showcase their All Black aspirations on the Super Rugby stage in 2017.

History suggests New Zealand's Super Rugby challenge won't be compromised by the Lions visit, writes Marc Hinton.

Hurricanes now the hunted

Winning back-to-back Super Rugby titles is beyond many teams.

Success could be the Hurricanes' biggest Super Rugby enemy.

Garden-Bachop gets Rebels debut

Jackson Garden-Bachop played for the New Zealand Under 20s in 2014.

Kiwi Jackson Garden-Bachop to debut for Rebels against Blues, but league convert Marika Koroibete ruled out.

Haylett-Petty re-signs with Force

Dane Haylett-Petty made his Force debut in 2008.

After a breakthrough 2016, Wallabies outside back Dane Haylett-Petty has committed his future to the Force

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