Taranaki joins the Chiefs Super rugby franchise under a new licence issued by the NZRU.
CHRIS BARCLAY - © Fairfax NZ NewsTelusa Veainu used to make frozen pizzas for a living before becoming a pro rugby player, now he finds himself earning a crust next to Melbourne’s Little Italy.
LAINE CLARK - AAPJames Horwill is still the best man to captain the Reds, says Queensland coach Richard Graham who baulks at suggestions the lock's game benefited from being stripped of the Wallabies leadership.
EVAN PEGDEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsDespite undergoing two heart operations, Robbie Fruean is very much considered an asset by the Chiefs.
EVAN PEGDEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsBen Tameifuna uses Fight for Life to step up his training efforts for the Chiefs in a bid to be an All Black.
EVAN PEGDEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsHow does a team that has won back-to-back Super Rugby titles improve to stay ahead of the pack?
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsReturning home with a swag of trophies, a suitcase full of knowledge and three Irish-born daughters, Isa Nacewa wants to deflect some of the spotlight from the Blues' problematic first five-eighth role.
EVAN PEGDEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Chiefs will take their All Blacks to France for pre-season clash with Toulon but some may not play.
RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ NewsA soft Crusaders balance sheet won't have a major impact on the financial projections of Christchurch's temporary stadium.
TOBY ROBSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsIf the season started this week the Hurricanes would struggle to field a team, but Mark Hammett knows the absentee list is a positive sign.
RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ NewsScrapping Super Rugby derby fixtures could resuscitate ailing the NPC, Crusaders boss suggests.
RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ NewsCrusaders chief Hamish Riach remains optimistic England could meet his team in Christchurch next June.
The Chiefs will again include a preseason trial against the Reds in Queensland as part of the preparations for their title defence.
The defending Super Rugby champion Chiefs will again play a pre-season trial against the Reds in Queensland.
RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ NewsJapan's recent test against the All Blacks may result in a bonanza for Asian rugby as Super Rugby's vexing proposed restructure is again scrutinised in London this weekend.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS - Sydney Morning HeraldBlues coach Sir John Kirwan believes Benji Marshall possesses the qualities to be first-choice five-eighth.
Isa Nacewa is returning to the Blues for an off-field role in Super Rugby.
Crusaders fans shouldn't question Nemani Nadolo's credentials just because he can't crack his Japanese club's starting team, Greg Cooper says.
MARK REASON - © Fairfax NZ NewsDave Rennie and Wayne Smith went more in hope than expectation. They had word SBW would stay in the NRL.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsTom Donnelly isn't sure what his post-rugby career entails and he's not ready to find out yet.
DUNCAN JOHNSTONE AND LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsNew Zealand's Super Rugby franchises have laid their cards on the table for 2014. Duncan Johnstone and Liam Napier crystal ball some of the hot issues.
MARK REASON - © Fairfax NZ NewsMark Reason visits the man many believe will be the next All Blacks coach.
CHRIS BARCLAY - © Fairfax NZ NewsWhen Will and Jack Whetton were growing up on Auckland's North Shore, their dad never pressured them to hone their rugby skills.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe New Zealand Rugby Union has ratified Taranaki's move to the Chiefs, subject to several conditions.
RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ NewsMark Hammett's face might have lost some colour when Rey Lee-Lo advised his days at the Hurricanes were over.
Victor Matfield is reportedly in training to make a return for the Bulls in next year's Super Rugby season, over two years after the Springboks great retired.
Wallabies great Stephen Larkham and former head coach Laurie Fisher will share coaching duties at the Brumbies.
RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: During the summer the Crusaders coaching staff may look Richie McCaw in the eye and ask him some searching questions.
EVAN PEGDEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsMils Muliaina might have left the Chiefs as one of the best fullbacks, but he will return here next year as a centre.
TOBY ROBSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsIhaia West might have been shunned by New Zealand's Super Rugby franchises, but he was a wanted man across the Tasman.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsWaisake Naholo has opted to head back to sevens instead of taking up the second year of his Blues contract.
RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe messy, and often confusing, saga that accompanied Richie McCaw's return to Super Rugby won't be repeated with Dan Carter.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsAs Benji Marshall walked into the Eden Park Hall of Legends yesterday, a sense of foreign territory gripped him.
RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ NewsGreg Cooper and Tabai Matson played crucial roles in dragging giant Fijian wing Nemani Nadolo into the Crusaders lair.
NATHAN BURDON - © Fairfax NZ NewsExpect more kicking from the Highlanders next season.
TOBY ROBSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsIt's the players who stayed rather than the ones who have arrived that Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett believes make his 2014 squad better than the last.
ROBERT LOWE - AAPBenji Marshall admits there's plenty of nerves as he prepares to embark on a Super Rugby career.
NATHAN BURDON - © Fairfax NZ NewsStags first-five Marty McKenzie has been cut from the Blues Super Rugby team and is looking for a lifeline.
DUNCAN JOHNSTONE - © Fairfax NZ NewsAll eyes are on New Zealand's Super Rugby franchises as they confirm their squads for next year's competition.
Ben Smith and Nasi Manu will co-captain the Highlanders next season.
The Crusaders' hunt for a powerful finisher has landed them Fijian centre-wing Nemani Nadolo.
GERALD IMRAY - APSA must have six clubs in Super Rugby from 2016 or it will "look north," says SARU President Oregan Hoskins.
EVAN PEGDEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsAn unofficial world club final is likely to go ahead if All Blacks agree to Chiefs' player plan.
RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: Todd Blackadder has recruited a Japanese club rep and a teenager to bolster his Crusaders roster for 2014.
The Hurricanes will have four new faces in their squad for next year's Super Rugby competition.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsMa'a Nonu feels he is misunderstood and wants to set the record straight with the NZ public.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsAlready in the Blues rugby system, Benji Marshall tells Fairfax Media of some valuable lessons learned.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsSir Graham Henry has cut ties with Argentina and believes it is "very unlikely" he will coach internationally again.
JEFF WILSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: Last season it was the Highlanders, now it's the Blues who have been the big movers in the Super Rugby player market.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsChiefs get preliminary approval to go ahead with a clash of hemispheres game against French club Toulon.
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