Super Rugby

Dixon ready for another epic

Elliot Dixon in action for the Highlanders.

Highlanders loose forward Elliot Dixon ready to be pushed to the limit in showdown with Crusaders in Dunedin.

Karpik has qualities like Cane

Chiefs flanker Mitch Karpik (with the ball) impressed on his Super Rugby debut in Dunedin.

Their hairstyles might differ, but Chiefs coach Dave Rennie sees a lot of Sam Cane in Mitch Karpik.

Sunwolves on borrowed time

Julian Savea and the Hurricanes made short work of the Sunwolves in Tokyo in the opening round of Super Rugby.

How soon before Sanzaar wonders about the wisdom of its decision to expand into Japan, writes Marc Hinton.

Barrett plays the wrong tune

Jordie Barrett's choice of music has come into question from his Hurricanes team-mate Julian Savea.

Hurricanes rookie Jordie Barrett's taste in music has The Bus fuming.

ABs watch: Duo impress

Israel Dagg celebrated his 100th Super Rugby game with a standout performance for the Crusaders.

Israel Dagg and Rieko Ioane among the best performing All Blacks in Super Rugby's opening weekend.

Kieran Read's mystery replacement

Whetu Douglas is mobbed by his new Crusaders teammates.

Crusaders followers flummoxed as man not in the official squad scores a try.

10 questions for Crusaders

Richie Mo'unga surveys his attacking options during the Crusaders' 17-13 win over the Brumbies on Saturday night. ...

Losing Richie Mo'unga could kick the Crusaders where it hurts most. On the scoreboard.

Toulon chase All Black lock

Sam Whitelock's contract with NZ Rugby expires after the All Blacks play the British and Irish Lions. Here he competes ...

Toulon are reported to be asking All Black lock Sam Whitelock to join former test team-mate Ma'a Nonu at the French club.

Crusaders lose key player

Crusaders right wing Seta Tamanivalu, with assistance from midfielder Ryan Crotty (right), tries to step through the ...

Crusaders' play director has a broken hand, faces six to eight weeks on sidelines.

Five key lessons for Crusaders

Fullback Israel Dagg, who made his 100th Super Rugby appearance against the Brumbies on Saturday night, was the ...

Crusaders: Here's what we learned from their effort against the Brumbies.

Rennie: We need to be better

Dave Rennie wants more from his Chiefs with the Blues next up in Hamilton.

Chiefs coach wants vast improvement for the Blues after accepting they rode their luck in beating the Highlanders. 

Positive Plumtree sings praises

Blade Thomson, seen here winning a lineout, was the Hurricanes' major casualty on Saturday.

Lots for Hurricanes coaches to enthuse over.

Ardie: Last year is last year

Flanker Brad Shields scoots away to score for the Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes are determined to look ahead in 2017.

Super Rugby: Round one wrap

Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara fires off a pass during his side's 83-17 romp against the Sunwolves in Tokyo.

Ben Smith out with concussion, yellow cards dished out against the Jaguares (what's new?) and the Sunwolves were more like toothless pups.

Stormers too strong for Bulls

The Stormers profited from a superb first-half as they went into the sheds up 24-0.

Stormers send out a warning of their potential with a pulsating 37-24 win in a South African derby.

Van Rensburg double lifts Lions

Rohan Janse van Rensburg scored two tries for the Lions against the Cheetahs.

Lions centre scores a brace as last year's beaten Super Rugby finalists began new campaign with victory.

Recap: Stormers v Bulls

Stormers lock Eben Etzebeth.

South Africa grudge match concludes the epic opening round of Super Rugby.

Give Smith the time he needs

Ben Smith receives medical treatment during the Highlanders v Chiefs game on Friday.

OPINION: There should be no rush to get the Highlanders fullback into action, writes Phil Gifford.

Rennie wants fitting finish

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie is embracing many challenges facing him in his final season at the franchise.

Dave Rennie is determined to sign off on a high with the Chiefs before departing for Scotland.

Tahs hold off Force

Curtis Rona of the Western Force (left) accidentally hits Waratahs lock Will Skelton in the face as he attempts to make ...

Ex NRL back Reece Robinson produces a near-perfect kicking display as Waratahs slogged way to win.

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