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One of in-form Chiefs' locks likely to be unlucky

Brodie Retallick has had just 50 minutes game time for the Chiefs this year, including this second-half appearance against the Brumbies in New Plymouth six weeks ago.

Fitting All Black Brodie Retallick into an in-form second-row to face the Blues is not so straightforward.

Kaino signs with NZ Rugby until end of 2018

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 31:  Jerome Kaino (L) and New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew (R) during a Blues Super Rugby press conference at Unitec on March 31, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. Jerome Kaino today announced that he has committed himself for the next three years to New Zealand Rugby, the Blues and Auckland Rugby.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Blues captain becomes the first All Black to commit to NZ rugby until the end of 2018.

1st5R: Cooper carves up the field

Quade Cooper runs at the line in the Reds' Super Rugby match against the Lions in Brisbane.

Reds first-five on comeback runs his way up the charts to be pick of the No 10s in week seven.

Hurricanes prime big guns for Stormers clash

Springbok loose forward Duane Vermeulen will be a danger man for the Stormers in Wellington.

Bring back the big guns - that is the indication out of the Hurricanes' camp for this weekend.

Halfback Brad Weber backing Chiefs forwards

Brad Weber is in an ongoing battle with Augustine Pulu for the Chiefs’ halfback spot.

Chiefs halfback has sympathy for pack on wrong end of hefty first-half penalty count against Cheetahs.

Super Rugby Power Rankings – Week 7

Frank Halai, Jerome Kaino and Tony Woodcock reflect on yet another Super Rugby defeat for the Blues.

OPINION: The Hurricanes show rolls on, the win streak now six, and counting. But there was more misery in the Blues' season from hell.

Lentjes takes Highlanders opportunity

Highlanders debutante James Lentjes, right, congratulates Schalk Burger on his 100th Super Rugby appearance on Saturday night.

Opportunity knocked and James Lentjes answered during the Highlanders 39-21 win over the Stormers.

Six of the best from the Hurricanes

Reggie Goodes has been in fine form for the Hurricanes.

Toby Robson looks at six reasons that have contributed to the Hurricanes' perfect start to Super Rugby.

Lure of England just too strong for Symons

Matt Symons, right, will head home in a bid to wear an English test jersey next year.

Matt Symons has unfinished business with the Chiefs before chasing an English test jersey.

Mistakes ruin Crusaders' bid to end hoodoo

Nemani Nadolo of Crusaders is tackled by Jesse Kriel of Bulls.

The Crusaders' most deadly enemy lies within and unless eradicated, they will struggle.

Crockett gets rocket from referee

Prop Wyatt Crockett of the Crusaders on the charge.

Referee Angus Gardner couldn't resist flicking a firecracker into Crockett-gate.

Chiefs will look to change things up

Michael Leitch on the charge for the Chiefs against the Cheetahs.

Dave Rennie's Chiefs will look to bring some more players back from injury this week.

Blues coach Kirwan refuses to wave the white flag

Blues coach Sir John Kirwan remains hopeful that his team can still turn this thing around this season.

Sir John Kirwan acknowledges his struggling side has to win in Hamilton to have any chance of salvaging this Super Rugby season.

Marais magic seals scrappy win for Sharks over Force

Sharks fullback SP Marais scored one try and set up another in his side's 15-9 win over Western Force.

Fullback SP Marais scored one try and set up another as South Africa's Sharks secured an untidy 15-9 victory over the Western Force at King's Park.

Bulls hold on for win over Crusaders

Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo is tackled by the Bulls' Jesse Kriel at Loftus Versfeld stadium.

An intercept try by Grant Hattingh sealed the Bulls’ 31-19 win over the Crusaders in Pretoria on Sunday morning.

Blues remain winless as Waratahs prevail video

Blues try-scorer Francis Saili prepares to offload during his sides loss to the Waratahs in Sydney.

Waratahs come-from-behind for 23-11 win as run of losses continues for Sir John Kirwan's side.

Super Rugby catch-up guide for CWC lovers

The unbeaten Hurricanes top the Super Rugby points ladder after six rounds of play.

In case you've been immersed in the Cricket World Cup, here's a handy catchup guide to get you up to speed.

Highlanders humble Stormers in Dunedin video

Highlanders wing Waisake Naholo storms away to score during his sides win over the Stormers in Dunedin.

Home side heads into Super Rugby bye with four wins from six after five-try 39-21 victory.

Chiefs outlast Cheetahs despite poor discipline video

Chiefs No 8 Michael Leitch is cut down in a tackle during his sides victory over the Cheetahs, their fifth Super Rugby win of the season.

Home team shake off first half of terrible discipline to see off the gutsy South African side 37-27 at Waikato Stadium.

Lions heap more Super Rugby woe on Reds

Reds players look dejected after falling to another home defeat at Suncorp.

Quade Cooper returns but can't rescue Reds as they slump to an 18-17 loss to the Lions.

Hurricanes beat Rebels to go six straight in Super Rugby video

Jason Woodward jumps high in the air to take a fantastic catch for the Hurricanes.

There was a lot to like about the Hurricanes' 36-12 bonus point win over the Melbourne Rebels.

Blues have plan to contain Folau in Sydney

The Blues believe they have devised a plan to contain Israel Folau in Sydney.

The Blues believe they have devised a plan to contain Israel Folau in Sydney.

McCaw locking horns with Bulls for last time at Loftus

Crusader Richie McCaw has yet to announce his plans beyond the Rugby World Cup.

Richie McCaw should savour every moment of what may be his final rugby adventure in Pretoria.

Midfield pairing could bring excitement for Chiefs

A big midfield pairing will be on display for the Chiefs, with Seta Tamanivalu playing outside Sonny Bill Williams.

A big midfield pairing on display for the Chiefs, with Seta Tamanivalu playing outside SBW.

Japan test skipper seeking experience with Chiefs

Michael Leitch captains the Japanese national team, but has found Super Rugby with the Chiefs a big step up.

Michael Leitch captains the Japanese national team, but has found Super Rugby a big step up.

Big challenge ahead for Highlanders

Highlanders flanker Elliot Dixon playing against the Waratahs.

History and form suggest the Highlanders have a big challenge ahead of them on Saturday night.

Super Rugby's burning questions of the week

PLENTY TO PONDER: Steve Hansen will be keeping a close eye on his All Black stars in a World Cup year.

OPINION: Fairfax Media's leading rugby scribes tackle the three burning questions of the week as Super Rugby heads for round seven.

Thorn tipped for Super Rugby return with Reds

COMING BACK: Brad Thorn, seen here playing for the Highlanders, has been linked with the Queensland Reds.

Former All Black Brad Thorn linked with a move to Queensland Reds for next year’s Super Rugby campaign.

Blues coach backflips on resting All Black stars

CHANGE OF PLAN: Blues coach Sir John Kirwan may have to scrap plans to rest several All Blacks.

Blues coach Sir John Kirwan has been forced to rethink resting several front-line All Blacks against the Waratahs.

Frans Steyn's appeal delayed as judicial saga drags on

WAITING GAME: Frans Steyn is free to play for the Sharks this weekend after Sanzar postponed its appeal against his tip tackle on Chiefs playmaker Aaron Cruden.

Sharks star free to play Super Rugby this weekend with Sanzar's appeal against the not guilty verdict on his tip tackle of Chiefs playmaker Aaron Cruden postponed till next week.

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