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Waratahs backing players over Whitelock tackle

Nemani Nadolo of the Crusaders is tackled by the Waratahs' Will Skelton, right.

Team stands by Will Skelton and Silatolu Latu following dangerous tackle on Crusaders lock Sam Whitelock.

Whitelock joins growing Crusaders injury list

Sam Whitelock is tied up in the tight against the Waratahs in Sydney last weekend.

Sam Whitelock joins Kieran Read, Colin Slade, Israel Dagg and Joe Moody on the sidelines.

Second Super Rugby start looms for Black

Hurricanes first five eighth Otere Black enjoys a lighter moment during training.

Not so hidden gem Otere Black should not be just a Hurricane for the here and now.

Referee Review: Tahs tip tackle deserved red

Referee Marius van der Westhuizen shows the Waratahs' Silatolu Latu a yellow card, which perhaps should have been red, in the win over the Crusaders in Sydney on Saturday night.

Where is the line you have to cross to go past the red card threshold when making a tackle in rugby?

Blackadder vows to fight

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder.

Crusaders coach won’t surrender his job or hoist the white flag despite needing a mathematical miracle.

Johan Bardoul joins list of injured Chiefs locks

Johan Bardoul still made the hard yards for the Chiefs after injuring his knee early in their win against the Bulls, but now he has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Chiefs should get at least a couple of locks back for game against Highlanders, but Steamers utility latest to have his season ended by injury.

Concussion adds further to Kieran Read's pain

Kieran Read also sat out several matches last season while recovering from concussion.

Crusaders and All Blacks No 8 Kieran Read is likely to miss the Hurricanes match in Nelson because of concussion suffered in loss to Waratahs.

Boyd hails Canes trainers for lack of serious injuries

Rey Lee-Lo was one of the Hurricanes best during their 29-5 Super Rugby win over the Blues at Eden Park.

Coach takes little pleasure in counting missing faces in Blues changing sheds, but wasn't hiding satisfaction at healthy state of his own playing stocks.

Playoffs secure, Hurricanes hunt home semifinal

Hurricanes first five-eighth Otere Black takes the ball to the line during a Super Rugby match against the Blues at Eden Park on Saturday.

Otere Black gives coach Chris Boyd food for thought as he ponders at least one more week without All Blacks first five-eighth Beauden Barrett.

Veteran Chiefs lock revels in his rescue job

Ross Filipo rediscovered his youth in an enthusiastic display for the Chiefs against the Bulls in Rotorua.

Ross Filipo rolls back clock in impressive style to help out, but will probably be back watching this week’s game with beer and pizza on the couch.

Crusaders suffer Super blues

Coach Todd Blackadder and the Crusaders are set to miss the Super Rugby playoffs for the first time since 2001.

The last time the Crusaders failed to make the playoffs, Todd Blackadder left the team at season's end.

Highlanders eyeing up massive clash against Chiefs in Invercargill

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23:  John Hardie of the Highlanders is tackled during the Super Rugby round 15 match between the Force and the Highlanders at nib  Stadium on May 23, 2015 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Motor racing fans could sympathise with Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph.

Crusaders' Sydney deja vu video

Crusaders captain Kieran Read has lamented the similarities between Saturday night's loss to the Waratahs and the 2014 Super Rugby grand final defeat to them, also in Sydney.

Captain Kieran Read's mind turns to last year's final as the Waratahs first-five again ruins the red-and-blacks' party.

Stormers back on top in South Africa

Dillyn Leyds scores his second try of the match in the Stormers' win over the Rebels in Newlands.

A 31-15 home victory over the Rebels returns Newlands-based side to the top of their conference.

Highlanders overcome defensive Force video

Dan Pryor's dreadlocks go flying as he runs into the Western Force defensive line.

Highlanders overcome the travel factor and the Western Force to bank their ninth win.

Crusaders hit 14-year low video

Taqele Naiyaravoro of the Waratahs is stopped in his tracks by Ryan Crotty at ANZ Stadium.

Rugby side sink to their worst finish since 2001, all but failing to make the playoffs for just the fourth time in their coveted history.

Cheika defends cited tackle video

Waratahs hooker Tolu Latu is shown a yellow card by referee Marius van der Westhuizen after a lifting tackle on Crusaders lock Sam Whitelock.

Controversial 18th minute lifting tackle in Crusaders' loss to Waratahs just "awkward", coach says.

Lions defeat Cheetahs, keep playoff hopes alive

Lions centre Howard Mnisi finds plenty of free space to run behind the Cheetahs' defence in a 40-17 victory.

The Lions roared to a comfortable 40-17 away triumph over fellow South African Super Rugby franchise the Cheetahs.

Hurricanes teach Blues a Super Rugby lesson video

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 23: Nehe Milner-Skudder of the Hurricanes kicks the ball through during the round 15 Super Rugby match between the Blues and the Highlanders at Eden Park on May 23, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Blues have no answer to on fire Hurricanes who run out 29-5 winners at Eden Park in Auckland.

Live Super Rugby: Blues vs Canes in Auckland

James Parsons and Sir John Kirwan will be looking to cause an upset at Eden Park.

Join us for Super Rugby action as the Blues host the Hurricanes at Eden Park.

Chiefs' Augustine Pulu puts pressure on Rennie

Augustine Pulu was a standout in the Chiefs victory over the Bulls in Rotorua.

Chiefs halfback grabs his chance and gives coach selection headaches this week.

Queensland won't blame O'Connor for costly error

O'Conner's mistake handed the Sharks a win on Friday night.

Reds coach Richard Graham said all of the blame shouldn't fall on James O'Conner for the loss to the Sharks.

James O'Connor boots victory straight to Sharks

Sharks halfback Stefan Ungerer scored twice, including the match-clincher off a James O'Connor blunder kick.

A horror James O'Connor error allowed the Sharks to break a six-match Super Rugby losing streak.

Chiefs play it smart in bonus point win over Bulls video

Halfback Augustine Pulu of the Chiefs dotted down twice in Rotorua.

Chiefs make successful return to Rotorua with 34-20 Super Rugby win over Bulls.

'Brain Box' joins the battle against concussions

New Zealand Rugby has introduced a new pitchside video review system to allow independent match doctors to view replays and assess whether players have received head knocks or shown signs of concussion.

A piece of kit dubbed the Brain Box could protect rugby players from concussion.

Live Super Rugby: Chiefs vs Bulls in Rotorua

Johan Bardoul of the Chiefs will start at lock against the Bulls.

Join us for Super Rugby action as the Chiefs host the Bulls in Rotorua.

Halaholo to make debut for Canes as injuries hit

Southland back Willis Halaholo will make his Super Rugby debut at Eden Park for the Canes.

Cory Jane and James Broadhurst out as injury hits Hurricanes ahead of Blues clash.

It's do or die time for the Crusaders in Sydney

A disappointed Kieran Read walks off ANZ Stadium as the Waratahs' celebrate their win in last year's Super Rugby grand final.

Undesirable memories will surely seep into the Crusaders players' minds as they settle into their changing shed at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

Fijian behemoths prepare for a super-sized clash

Nemani Nadolo and Taqele Naiyaravoro were both born in Fiji but have never played in the national side together.

The sight of Fijian titans colliding may make even most battle-hardened veterans flinch on Saturday.

Cox's Crusaders' loyalties tested on buying Rebels

Christchurch businessman Andrew Cox bought the Melbourne Rebels franchise.

Christchurch-born businessman says he's "always loved the Crusaders" but his loyalty will change if he buys the Rebels.

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