Super Rugby

Black jersey still fires up Canes' Victor Vito

Victor Vito

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Victor Vito knows he's running out of auditions, but the Canes No 8 insists he hasn't closed the door on All Blacks selection.

Blues still looking for a 10 out of 10 at No 10

Chris Noakes

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Seven games into the season, and the Blues' first five-eighth role remains wide open.

Snook: Sharks the big fish as SA sides struggle

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OPINION: Which Super Rugby franchise has found itself one of the bottom two teams in the competition an alarming 11 times?

Prop Ben Franks ruled out for the Hurricanes

Ben Franks

A groin injury has ruled All Blacks prop Ben Franks out of the Hurricanes' team to face the Blues in Friday.

Opinion: Toby Robson's Super Rugby 'Teamtalk'

Colin Slade

OPINION: Toby Robson breaks down the latest Super Rugby games in his own inimitable style.

Blues ring the changes again for Hurricanes

Chris Noakes

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Rotation in the pivotal first five-eighth role continues at the Blues with Chris Noakes to face the Hurricanes.

Chiefs flanker Sam Cane ready for action again

Sam Cane

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Sam Cane knows he has a long rugby season ahead of him, but he also knows the competition is breathing down his neck.

Fonotia in doubt; call for 'test match' mentality

Kieron Fonotia


Kieron Fonotia's tender hamstring is threatening to disrupt the Crusaders' new-look midfield.

Chiefs lock Retallick likely to get a green light

Brodie Retallick

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Chiefs two-metre lock Brodie Retallick is confident he will be cleared to play against the Crusaders.

Winning the mental battle key for Crusaders



OPINION: History won't allow the Crusaders to blame jet lag if they flop against the Chiefs on Saturday night.

Mealamu keen to hook back into Blues pack

Keven Mealamu and Tony Woodcock

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Keven Mealamu's problem calf muscle injury is something he is going to have to learn to live with for the remainder of his career.

Rhys Marshall learning to stand tall with Chiefs

Rhys Marshall

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Rhys Marshall has figured a few things out as the 2014 Super Rugby season progresses.

Mehrtens: Is it time to get out of South Africa?

Willi Heinz


OPINION: As Super Rugby nears its 20th year Andrew Mehrtens wonders if it's time to ditch South Africa.

Awkward Hurricanes buildup for Blues match


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OPINION: Mark Hammett's sudden decision to pack his bags at the end of the season had not been a distraction, players say.

Surgery could end legend Brad Thorn's career

brad thorn

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Brad Thorn's playing days with the Highlanders could be over as surgery puts the veteran out for the season.

Tears, fears - now it's back to action for Weepu

piri weepu

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Piri Weepu revealed he broke down in tears when he discovered he had suffered a minor stroke.

Brad Thorn to miss rest of Highlanders' season

Brad Thorn

Highlanders lock Brad Thorn is to undergo surgery after suffering a bicep injury in last Friday's win over the Bulls.

ARU risking losing Israel Folau over throat farce

Israel Folau

The fallout over the ARU's decision to withdraw Israel Folau from a Super Rugby match has continued today.

Blues call in Ihaia West to replace Baden Kerr

Ihaia West

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The Blues have called in Hawke's Bay playmaker Ihaia West to replace the injured Baden Kerr.

Bundee Aki targets Irish jersey as he quits NZ

Bundee Aki

Wearing a green jersey, rather than black or blue, is Bundee Aki's future ambition.

First-five Colin Slade stars in impressive victory

Colin Slade


Colin Slade was instrumental in the Crusaders win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

Hooker Rhys Marshall backs Chiefs to step up

Rhys Marshall

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Look for the Chiefs to step up in the next few weeks after a run of incomplete performances.

Big boost for Crusaders ahead of Chiefs clash


The Crusaders' self-belief has received a terrific jolt ahead of Saturday night's match against the Chiefs.

Good on ya mate: Fekitoa pride of the South

Malakai Fekitoa

The outstanding displays of the Tongan-born centre have mesmerised southern punters into a state of awe.

Jordan Payne revels in Super chance for Chiefs

Jordan Payne

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Jordan Payne is living the dream after a 34-minute cameo on debut for the Chiefs on Saturday night.

Glimpses of form not good enough: Rennie

Augustine Pulu

Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie says it's time his side put their foot down in Super Rugby 2014.

Chiefs' Retallick in doubt for Crusaders contest

Brodie Retallick

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The Chiefs could be sweating this week over the fitness of the All Black lock for the matchup with the Crusaders.

Weepu's comeback to come against Waratahs

piri weepu

Blues halfback Piri Weepu is expected to return to action on Anzac day after recovering from heart surgery.

Blues insist that Benji Marshall going nowhere


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Scrutiny continues to swirl round Marshall's future, but the Blues insist he will see out his two-year contract.

Crusaders notch bonus-point Cheetahs win

Willi Heinz

Playmaker Colin Slade was a key element in the Crusaders' 52-31 victory over the Cheetahs.

Jet-lagged Chiefs unconvincing but victorious

Gareth Anscombe


The drought is over, but not the disquiet, as the Chiefs produced another two-paced performance.

New Hurricanes coach faces a player exodus

Mark Hammett

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Whoever replaces Mark Hammett as Hurricanes coach next year is already facing an increasing player exodus.

Offshore pull leaves coaching roles exposed

Chris Boyd

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OPINION: Not long ago Vern Cotter, John Plumtree and Joe Schmidt would have been in the mix for the Hurricanes coaching role.

Wayne Smith unsure about future with Chiefs

Wayne Smith

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Wayne Smith is weighing up whether on not he will return to the Chiefs next year.

Aaron Smith shines bright for the Highlanders

Aaron Smith

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Steve Hansen may have his worries, but Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith is not one of them this year.

Wilson: System must change for coaches' sake

Mark Hammett

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OPINION: It's easy to blame the coach, but sometimes in New Zealand rugby we should look at the system, says Jeff Wilson.

Gifford: Great Chiefs start, shame about finish

Malakai Fekitoa

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OPINION: Having snatched two draws South Africa, and lost their key playmaker in the process, the Chiefs might have been forgiven for some nerves.

Bundee Aki to leave Chiefs, signs for Connacht

Bundee Aki

Chiefs second five-eighth Bundee Aki will depart NZ to play for Irish province Connacht.

Israel Folau fumes after the ARU clip his wings

Israel Folau

IAN RANSOM - Reuters

Israel Folau was left a "frustrated" spectator during the NSW Waratahs' 28-16 defeat by the Western Force.

Cummins hat-trick leads Force past Waratahs

Nick Cummins


A stunning three-try effort by Nick Cummins has seen the Western Force stun the Waratahs with a 28-16 victory.

Chiefs hold on to deny the desperate Rebels

Chiefs vs Rebels


The Chiefs have beaten the Rebels 22-16 in Hamilton but they did it the hard way.

Highlanders lock Hoeata signs for Cardiff Blues

Jarrad Hoeata

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Not wanting to go overseas when he's over the hill, Jarrad Hoeata has signed for Cardiff Blues.

Gareth Anscombe gets his chance to shine

Gareth Anscombe

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Aaron Cruden's stand-in will have a key say in how well the Chiefs perform tonight and for the next five games.

Crusaders coaches have full support - Riach

Todd Blackadder


No ultimatum has been issued to Todd Blackadder, Crusaders boss Hamish Riach says.

Ex-Chief Toby Smith has waited for this one

Toby Smith

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Toby Smith has had tonight marked down on his calendar since the 2014 Super Rugby draw was released.

Bloemfontein contest shapes as tactical battle

Ryan Crotty


Two weeks in South Africa and the Crusaders are talking like pragmatic Afrikaners.

Hurricanes are hands-on in hunt for new coach

Mark Hammett

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The Hurricanes hold their coaching destiny in their hands for the first time as they start the search for Mark Hammett's successor.

Folau frustrated as ARU pulls him from lineup

Israel Folau

The ARU has sensationally withdrawn Israel Folau from the NSW line-up to play the Western Force.

ACT Brumbies, Reds at odds over Moore punch

Stephen Moore and Eddie Quirk


Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore was jeered off after controversially escaping punishment for punching Ed Quirk in his side's 23-20 win over Queensland.

ACT Brumbies edge Queensland in Brisbane

Ben Alexander


The Brumbies withstood a second-half onslaught by Queensland to put the Reds' Super Rugby finals hopes on the brink.
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