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Karmichael Hunt feared sporting career was over

KARMICHAEL HUNT: "I've been sitting in a pretty vulnerable place for the last couple of weeks. I don't want to lie and say I didn't fear the worst."

A contrite Karmichael Hunt has vowed to repay the faith shown in him by Australian rugby in the wake of his drugs scandal.

Keane denies Blues approach to replace Kirwan

AMBITIOUS: Tasman coach Kieran Keane would jump at the chance to manage a Super Rugby franchise.

Tasman coach Kieran Keane has quashed reports he has been approached to replace Sir John Kirwan at the Blues.

Reds players will welcome back Karmichael Hunt

JAMES SLIPPER: "We've always supported Karmichael, we always wanted to make sure his welfare was looked after. He's obviously made poor choices and to his credit he's put his hand up, admitted it and copped everything."

Reds captain James Slipper says his team is "comfortable" with the sanctions handed down to Karmichael Hunt.

Opinion: Super Rugby's three burning questions

UPBEAT: Blues coach John Kirwan says his team just need little things to go right for them.

OPINION: Fairfax Media’s leading rugby scribes tackle the three burning questions of the week.

Karmichael Hunt suspended, fined but career saved

FINED AND SUSPENDED:  Karmichael Hunt arrives at Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday.

It was the "misguided post-season celebration" that may haunt Karmichael Hunt for the rest of his life.

Prop Reggie Goodes makes super start to season

BACK TO HIS BEST: Reggie Goodes of the Hurricanes.

Hurricanes prop Reggie Goodes has rebounded from concussion problems to star for the franchise.

Highlanders keen to convert lineouts into points

KEY MAN: Highlanders lock Tom Franklin is hoping to build on an excellent rookie season in 2014.

The Highlanders are the best leapers in the competition, with a success rate just over 94 per cent.

Ngatai sees win over Highlanders as key to season

CENTRE OF ATTENTION: Charlie Ngatai, in action against the Brumbies in New Plymouth, is in his sharpest form.

The Chiefs will need another big performance from their backs against the Highlanders.

Chiefs frontrower Graham goes full circle

NEW JOB: Mitchell Graham has moved from being a petroleum engineer to a professional rugby player for the Chiefs.

Mitchell Graham has moved from being a petroleum engineer to a professional rugby player for the Chiefs.

Kieran Read makes successful return

HIT-OUT: After sitting out the first three weeks of Super Rugby, Kiernan Read successfully got back on the park for the Crusaders development side today.

ABs No 8 emerges unscathed from hit-out for Crusaders development side against Hurricanes counterparts.

Hunt suspended, fined by Reds and ARU video

DAY IN COURT: Media greets Karmichael Hunt as he arrives at Southport Magistrates Court.

Code-hopping sports star Karmichael Hunt won't be sacked after pleading guilty to four charges of possessing cocaine.

Brumbies name an unchanged side to face Force

OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: Stephen Moore will captain the Brumbies for the first time in Canberra, against the Western Force.

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham has opted for stability over rotation by naming an unchanged side to take on the Force.

Horwill, Tapuai back for the Queensland Reds

LOCKING IN: James Horwill returns to the Queensland Reds' second row to face the Waratahs.

The Queensland Reds have been boosted by the return of experienced pair James Horwill and Ben Tapuai.

Waratahs' Ashley-Cooper out of clash with Reds

NOT SO HAPPY CHAP: Injury has kept Adam Ashley-Cooper out of the Waratahs lineup for their Australia derby against Queensland.

Injury has ruled Wallabies centre Adam Ashley-Cooper out of the NSW Waratahs' Super rugby clash with traditional rivals Queensland on Saturday night.

Kirwan gives Blues' Halai, Saili chance to impress

BACK IN BLUE: Frank Halai will start on the right wing for the Blues side to face the Lions at North Harbour Stadium.

Former ABs Frank Halai and Francis Saili get chance to provide much-needed punch to the Blues backline.

Highlanders make six changes to face Chiefs

OPENING MOTIONS: Southland's Elliot Dixon will play on the openside flank for the Highlanders against the Chiefs tomorrow night.

Elliot Dixon will start on the openside flank for the Highlanders against the Chiefs tomorrow night.

Hunt, Titans pair due in court on drug charges

OFF TO COURT: Karmichael Hunt faces drug charges related to an Australian sports cocaine scandal.

Queensland Reds star and NRL players to face charges in court today related to cocaine scandal.

Crusaders Knights hit-out for Kieran Read

READ’S RETURN: All Blacks No 8 Kieran Read will play for the Crusaders Knights development team today.

ABs No 8 should be in line for instant Super Rugby return if he emerges unscathed from development clash in Wellington.

Highlanders desperate to turn chances into tries

LOOKING FOR ACCURACY: Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph.

Execution has been a key word for the Highlanders as they prepare to take on the red-hot Chiefs.

Live rugby: Chiefs vs Highlanders

KEY MAN: Sonny Bill Williams in action for the Chiefs against the Crusaders last weekend.

Join us for Super Rugby action as the Chiefs host the Highlanders at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.

Chiefs lock Matt Symons has big call to make

TOWERING PRESENCE: Matt Symons leads the Chiefs’ lineout in Brodie Retallick’s absence.

Impressive second-rower weighing up whether to make himself available for ABs or country of his birth, England.

Retallick ruled out of Chiefs clash with Highlanders

RULED OUT: Brodie Retallick is likely to miss the Chiefs' next three matches with a shoulder injury.

Brodie Retallick has been ruled out of the Chiefs’ Super Rugby match against the Highlanders in Hamilton on Friday night.

Small frame, huge heart for record-breaker Mealamu

WARHORSE: The ever-smiling Keven Mealamu has endured his share of setbacks in a record-breaking career.

Blues and ABs hooker reflects on how far he's come as he prepares to run out for record-breaking 163rd Super Rugby game.

London Irish lure Blues and Hurricanes assistant coaches

OFF TO OLD BLIGHTY: Blues assistant coach Grant Doorey has signed up with London Irish.

Blues and Hurricanes assistant coaches poached for roles at ambitious English Premiership club.

Kirwan remains optimistic despite Blues' poor start to season

LONG WAY TO GO: Blues coach Sir John Kirwan says his team just need little things to go right for them.

Sir John Kirwan has remained steadfastly positive despite the Blues’ trials and tribulations so far this season.

Prop Benn Robinson set for Waratahs milestone

TOP OF THE LIST: Benn Robinson will overtake Phil Waugh as the Waratahs' most-capped player when he takes the field for his 137th match, against the Queensland Reds.

Benn Robinson can barely believe he will become the NSW Waratahs' most-capped player in Saturday night's Super Rugby derby against Queensland.

Ranger to leave French rugby and join the Blues

SUPER SKILLS: Rene Ranger will leave French rugby later this year to return home to New Zealand where he will play for North Harbour and the Blues.

Former All Black granted early release from Montpellier and expected to be back in Auckland by the middle of the year.

1st5R: Aaron Cruden delish, Beauden Barrett tasty

IRRESISTIBLE: Aaron Cruden has been in fine form early in the Super Rugby season.

An irresistible early Super Rugby season from Chiefs No 10 puts him top of the Kiwi pile.

O'Connor a conundrum for Waratahs, says Kafer

BATTLED AT 10: James O'Connor weighs his options against the Highlanders on Saturday in Dunedin.

The limited time James O'Connor has spent playing at No 10 might encourage the Waratahs to regard him as a weak link.

'Gutted' Ellis demands intense self-scrutiny

NOT GOOD ENOUGH: Crusaders halfback Andy Ellis walked into a 40-16 walloping by the Chiefs in Hamilton.

Returning after stint in Japan, Crusaders halfback "gutted" after 24-point thumping at hands of the Chiefs.

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