Super Rugby

Super Rugby will miss All Blacks for first round

Steve Hansen

Top end All Blacks will sit out at least the first round of Super Rugby next year and make graduated returns.

Dave Rennie on the hunt for another halfback

Dave Rennie

Dave Rennie is bringing Michael Leitch back. Now he just needs another halfback.

Chiefs snap up Bryce Heem and Sean Polwart

Bryce Heem

NZ sevens player Bryce Heem and Auckland loose forward Sean Polwart added to Dave Rennie's squad.

Move to Taranaki pays off for Iopu-Aso

Iopu Iopu-Aso

Nearly two years after pulling stumps in Auckland Iopu Iopu-Aso has landed a Super Rugby contract with the Hurricanes.

Chiefs add two forwards to Super Rugby squad

Dave Rennie

The Chiefs have added forwards Siate Tokolahi and Michael Allardice to their squad for next season.

Chiefs grab Seta Tamanivalu, Mitchell Graham

Mitchell Graham

In the end, Seta Tamanivalu went for the Super Rugby franchise where he believed he would feel most happy.

Kiwi talent features in new-look Samoan squad

TJ Ioane

Otago's TJ Ioane and a trio of Counties Manukau backs named in Samoa's squad to tour Europe this year.

Graham returning to Chiefs as props recruited

Mitchell Graham

New signing from Taranaki is originally from Putaruru and is one of two new front rowers, a lock and a centre.

David Hill recruited to coach the Blues' backs

David Hill

Former All Black David Hill has joined Blues coaching setup to oversee their backs skills next season.

Blues hire former All Black as backs coach

David Hill

David Hill to join Sir John Kirwan and assistants Grant Doorey and Glenn Moore as a coach at the Blues.

Japan appear to take lead in Super Rugby race

National Stadium, Singapore

Offer to host matches in Singapore appears to nudge Japan ahead in bid to have 18th Super Rugby team.

Tanaka returning for third Highlanders season

Fumiaki Tanaka

Diminutive Japanese halfback returning to Dunedin for third Super Rugby season at southern franchise.

Adam Thomson signs with Queensland for 2015

Adam Thomson

Queensland secure big boost to forward pack by snaring former ABs back-rower for next year's Super Rugby season.

Japan on verge of place in Super Rugby comp

Japanese rugby fans

LIAM NAPIER - Sunday Star Times

Japan is expected to be confirmed as the host country for Super Rugby's 18th team this week.

No Kahui but Chiefs have 2015 squad sorted

Dave Rennie

Group all but finalised, with final six players announced late next week, but won't include Japan-based former AB Richard Kahui.

John Mitchell favourite for Sharks coaching job

John Mitchell

Bookies taking bets on who'll take Jake White's old Super Rugby coaching job favour former All Blacks coach.

Highlanders side snaps up seven new players

The Highlanders have signed seven new players to boost their forward stocks for the 2015 Super Rugby season.

Tamanivalu on the radar of Super Rugby teams

Seta Tamanivalu

Seta Tamanivalu is in global demand as the big centre lights up the NPC with Taranaki.

Umaga baffled by lack of Super Rugby interest

Jarrod Firth

Jarrod Firth has dominated in the NPC, but there's not much Super Rugby interest in the Steelers prop.

Jake White steps down from Sharks franchise

Jake White

Top coach eyes next year's Rugby World Cup as he frees himself up to pursue an international opportunity.

Israel Folau backs Hunt to be big hit in rugby

Karmichael Hunt

Israel Folau has predicted fellow code-hopper Karmichael Hunt will be a hit at the Reds in 2015.

Crusaders to return to Timaru in pre-season

Highlanders pre-season match

Israel Dagg

The Crusaders are coming back to Timaru for their first pre-season game of the 2015 Super Rugby season.

Tough start, juicy finish for Hurricanes in 2015

Chris Boyd

Hurricanes might lay claim to eight and a half home matches next season by the time they have mulled over their draw.

Hamilton to host just five Chiefs games in 2015

Waikato Stadium

Waikato Stadium to host one less Chiefs match than usual in next year's Super Rugby due to clash with Fifa Under-20 World Cup.

Crusaders set to take game to Nelson in 2015

Trafalgar Park

Christchurch-based franchise may return to top of the south for Super Rugby match against Hurricanes next year.

Highlanders fixture list includes a date to circle


Invercargill or Queenstown look likely options to host mouthwatering Highlanders-Chiefs showdown on May 30 next year.

Crusaders to get Super Rugby season started

Canes v Crusaders

Beaten finalists the Crusaders will kick off next year's Super Rugby competition in Australia.

Is Auckland's franchise singing the Blues?

Jimmy Cowan

The Blues have signed Jimmy Cowan for next year's campaign. Was it a smart move?

Boyd confident Vince Aso ready for step up

Vince Aso

Young Auckland utility back signs two-year deal with the Hurricanes and will shift south to Wellington at the end of the NPC.

No 10 Dan Carter won't rush return from injury

Dan Carter

All Blacks first five-eighth to make his comeback against Southland in Christchurch on September 28.

Jimmy Cowan signs with Blues for Super Rugby

Jimmy Cowan

Sir John Kirwan has high expectations of former All Blacks halfback coming to fill hole left by Piri Weepu.

Future remains up in the air for Wayne Smith

Wayne Smith

Chiefs assistant says he's made no decision about next season as rumours persist he's returning to the All Blacks.

Reynold Lee-Lo let go early by Crusaders

Reynold Lee-Lo

Counties midfielder had two-year deal but it's understood he and Super franchise agreed to part ways after just one season.

Lee-Lo returns as Boyd builds Canes roster

Rey Lee-Lo

Rey Lee-Lo's popular return will further plug the gaping midfield hole left in the Hurricanes backline at the end of last season.

Focus is on rehab for Hurricanes forward duo

Ardie Savea

Ardie Savea and Jeffery Toomaga-Allen join Reggie Goodes in re-signing with Super franchise through to the end of 2016.

Quade Cooper's advice helps Reds sign Thor

Taniela Tupou

Advice from Quade Cooper helped convince schoolboy rugby sensation Taniela Tupou to sign with the Reds.

Flexible Japanese winning Super Rugby's race

Eddie Jones

Japan are apparently winning the race to be the Asian entry into the expanded Super Rugby championship.

'Tongan Thor' Taniela Tupou signs with Reds

Taniela Tupou

Quade Cooper's courting of NZ high school rugby star pays off with teen signing two-year deal.

Canterbury building connections with US rugby

Tabai Matson

Crusaders assistant coach Tabai Matson to head upcoming camp for aspiring American players and coaches in Colorado.

Richie Mo’unga on hunt for a Super Rugby spot

Richie Mo'unga

If 20-year-old Canterbury backline utility keeps going the way he is, expect Super Rugby interest to intensify.

Wallabies jersey not the motivation for Hunt

Karmichael Hunt

Code hopper Karmichael Hunt says securing a Wallabies jersey hasn't even crossed his mind.

Recruitment pressure adding to Blues' troubles

Sir John Kirwan

John Kirwan will take a more hands-on role next season amid concerns about the Blues' struggles to recruit quality coaches.

Chiefs hopeful of securing match against Wales

Andrew Flexman

The Chiefs are sitting tight and are hopeful of hosting Wales in a midweek fixture during their tour of New Zealand in 2016.

O'Connor returns home to Reds, Hunt switches

James O'Connor

Queensland Reds announce signings of ex-Wallaby James O'Connor and code-hopper Karmichael Hunt.

Glenn Moore looking forward to change of pace

Glenn Moore

New Blues assistant coach reckons none of his new charges won't make training because cow shed roof has blown off in a storm.

Karmichael Hunt confirms departure from AFL

Karmichael Hunt

Former Broncos and Kangaroos star Karmichael Hunt has confirmed he is leaving the AFL.

Glenn Moore to take charge of the Blues pack

Glenn Moore

Former Highlanders coach Glenn Moore will take charge of the Blues forward pack for the next two years.

Counties' Baden Kerr ponders shift overseas

Baden Kerr

Steelers first five wants to be a professional, but with no Super contract he's only got one option open.

Reds to confirm signing of James O'Connor

James O'Connor

Queensland to confirm worst kept secret in rugby on Friday when Wallabies' prodigal son is announced as their new signing.

Ex-Highlander Robinson hooks Crusaders deal

Ged Robinson

Former Highlanders hooker's decision to sign a two-year deal requires some scrutiny.
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