Learning to tackle without diving in head first gives Waratahs hooker confidence ahead of Super Rugby final.
OPINION: He's not the best No 9, but he might be the most influential player on the pitch in the Super Rugby final.
John David wonders what's behind the omission of some key Crusaders in the All Blacks team.
Getting ditched from the All Blacks wasn't how Colin Slade wanted to prepare for his first Super Rugby grand final.
Waratahs coach doubts the Crusaders are stressed by not winning Super Rugby since 2008.
NSW name an unchanged starting line-up for Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Crusaders in Sydney.
Young Auckland-born NSW Waratahs' wing Alofa Alofa is aiming to finish his short Super Rugby stint in style.
Despite 127 test caps, ABs skipper says anxiety of preparing for big games never goes away.
It's at altitude and there's a bit of a tailwind, but this is still one heck of a shot at goal.
RICHARD KNOWLER - The PressIt isn't just Jacques Potgieter that reminded Owen Franks of South Africa whenever he watched the Waratahs.
ANDREW MEHRTENS - StuffOPINION: The Waratahs have stopped telling everyone how good they are; and just set about proving it on the field.
TONY SMITH - The PressSteve Hansen provides motivation for Crusaders who didn't make ABs to win Super Rugby title this weekend.
Big Waratahs No 8 ready to help his side gain revenge for 2008 Super Rugby final defeat to Crusaders.
EVAN PEGDEN - Waikato TimesThe Chiefs have crossed the Tasman and got their man, signing the younger but bigger brother of new Wallabies locking sensation Will Skelton.
Bernard Foley dwells on the defensive effort that set up the Waratahs' title showdown with the Crusaders.
All Blacks coach has no problem with the Crusaders playing Dan Carter and Richie McCaw out of position.
Waratahs star's 19-year-old brother Cameron has joined two-time Super Rugby champions.
Daryl Gibson won four titles with the Crusaders' and now has an key role in preventing them ending their trophy drought.
At last the Crusaders have a chance to erase the nightmare of losing the 2011 Super Rugby grand final.
Star first five-eighth isn't worried his left boot is proving more rusty than trusty ahead of the Super Rugby grand final.
Dimension-wise they appear far from clones, yet there is some resemblance between Will Skelton and Sonny Bill Williams.
The Waratahs are venturing into the unknown as they prepare to meet the Crusaders in the Super Rugby decider.
LIAM NAPIER - Sunday Star TimesThere's intrigue over Wayne Smith, while Steve Hansen's future is also beginning to be talked about.
LIAM NAPIER - Sunday Star TimesSteve Jackson has put his hand up for one of the two assistant coaching roles at the Blues next year.
Jamie Joseph says he's prepared to cast the net as far as needs to fill gaps at the Highlanders.
NSW Waratahs to host first Super Rugby final after dispatching ACT Brumbies 26-8.
Turns out rumours of the decline of Richie McCaw and Daniel Carter have been greatly exaggerated.
Easy win for Crusaders as they crush the Sharks 38-6 in Christchurch.
Two back-to-back wins over the Sharks in 1998 were among the most seminal moments in Crusaders history.
Crusaders hooker prepares to notch up the rare milestone of 150 Super Rugby matches for the franchise.
If you're after an insight into why the du Plessis brothers are formidable, visit the family farm.
Several thousand tickets for tonight's Super Rugby semifinal in Christchurch remain unsold.
Having the courage to shrug off the shackles and attack may be crucial for the Crusaders tonight.
The Brumbies won't play a conservative game against the Waratahs tomorrow, says their director of rugby.
Former Auckland and All Blacks star turned coach of the Kings attacks conservative style of his rivals.
Multi-talented code-hopping Australian believed to have signed deal with the Queensland Reds.
Playmaker who oversaw regular season victory over the Crusaders returns to start in Super Rugby semifinal.
Chiefs utility Gareth Anscombe has completed his move to the Cardiff Blues with an eye to representing Wales.
Crusaders coach denies veteran hooker Corey Flynn will start against the Sharks for sentimental reasons.
Far from home, but Sharks coach Jake White thinks conditions could play into his side's hands.
Richie McCaw says a broken foot in the World Cup was a doddle compared to playing with a fractured rib.
The Brumbies have named an unchanged side for Saturday's Super Rugby semifinal against the Waratahs.
Captain Luke Braid headlines a quartet of Blues players who have recommitted to the franchise.
Anyone giving away needless penalties during their Super Rugby semifinal risks a death stare from Kieran Read.
There's nothing like standing in any weather to watch beautiful blokes play some good, honest rugby.
Former ABs fullback Greg Cooper can't believe Nemani Nadolo is yet to unwrap one of his deadliest tricks.
IAN SNOOK - Taranaki Daily NewsOPINION: Four down. One remaining. For the Chiefs, Hurricanes, Blues and Highlanders the 2015 season is imminent.
Former Sharks assistant coach Chris Boyd doesn't expect to see the South African side resorting to cynical behaviour.
RICHARD KNOWLER - The PressOPINION: Plenty of mongrel in team led by 111kg slab of organic SA beef aiming to sink hopes of NZ glory.
Wyatt Crockett sounds like a physics teacher as tries to de-mystify the task of demolishing the Sharks' mauls.
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