Veteran All Black Ellis could return to Crusaders

THE AGONY: Crusaders halfback Willi Heinz lies prone on the turf after breaking a leg against the Highlanders.

Losing Willi Heinz with a broken leg has left the Crusaders preparing for Super Rugby without an experienced halfback.

Highlanders prove too sharp for Crusaders

TRY TIME: Southland's Scott Eade scores a try while playing for the Highlanders in their pre-season game against the Crusaders in Timaru on Saturday.

The Highlanders notched up a win but more importantly got through their pre-season match with the Crusaders relatively unscathed.

Will Heinz's injury opens door for Billy Guyton

PUSH OFF: Crusaders wing Jone Macalai puts a fend on his Highlanders opposite Waisake Naholo in Saturday's Super Rugby pre-season match at Alpine Energy Stadium.

A season-ending leg injury to Willi Heinz propels South Canterbury oldboy Billy Guyton into the Super Rugby spotlight.

Super Rugby faces foreign recruiting blitz

MAN MOUNTAIN: Hurricanes winger Julian Savea may opt to play sevens.

Tough credibility test for Super Rugby as European clubs pursue the cream of the southern hemisphere crop.

Crusaders send Ellis SOS after Heinz breaks leg

HORROR BREAK: Willi Heinz lies stricken on the ground after snapping his leg in Timaru.

An SOS call from the Crusaders to Andy Ellis is imminent after back-up halfback Willi Heinz broke his leg.

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