Super Rugby News

Bardoul ready to prove worth

MOVING UP: Johan Bardoul in action for Bay of Plenty against Auckland in the NPC.

Johan Bardoul is feeling confident he can prove himself at Super Rugby level with the Chiefs.

Sorry outcome for Foley-foiled Crusaders side

DENIED AT THE DEATH: Crusaders No 8 Kieran Read looks dejected after the red and blacks lost the Super Rugby final to the Waratahs in Sydney.

Bernard Foley weighs only 89kg but he had little reservations about kicking the mighty Crusaders where it hurts most.

Super Rugby start just what Heem hoped for

CONNECT FOUR: After challenging Waikids patient Kareaha Paul, 12, Bryce Heem will take on Super Rugby for the first time next year.

Bryce Heem is trading in Dubai, Las Vegas and Tokyo for Dunedin, Canberra and Durban, and he couldn't be happier.

Country jaunt for Highlanders

SPLASH TIME: The Highlanders compete in an adventure race challenge on Lake Dunstan.

Central Otago provided the perfect pre-season training ground for the Highlanders this week.

Robinson still between jobs

SOUTHERN EXPOSURE: Robbie Robinson in action for Soutland in last year's NPC.

The former Chiefs and Highlanders player Robbie Robinson still looking to secure a contract.

Crusaders confirm Reds hitout

CODE-HOPPER: Ex-league star Karmichael Hunt is on the Queensland Reds' roster.

The Crusaders will meet the Queensland Reds in a pre-season game in Brisbane on February 6.

Hi-tech help for Hurricanes

T-RAIN-ING HARD: Hurricanes midfielder Ma'a Nonu throws a pass during a pre-season training session at Sinclair Park in Melrose yesterday.

Technology will play a big part in making up for the absence of the squad's All Blacks in the new year.

Big Brumbies board shake-up

Dumped Brumbies chairman Sean Hammond.

Following a record financial loss this year, the ACT Brumbies have replaced their chairman with a new board member.

Fiji no certainty for Crusaders

LOCAL LAD: Nemani Nadolo would be a crowd favourite in Suva.

The Crusaders' hopes of taking a match to Fiji hinge on Rob Nichol's meetings with players this week.

Ellis climbs down from cliff

DONE AND DUSTED: Retiring Crusaders chairman Murray Ellis says wife Diane is "getting a husband back after 40 years" of being involved in rugby.

Retiring Crusaders chairman reckons his plan to ease into the background went exactly to plan.

Raw talent spoils coach Rennie

STAR IN THE MAKING: Damian McKenzie in action for the NZ u20s against Ireland.

With Damian McKenzie now in the squad, Chiefs coach Dave Rennie is spoiled for choice at first five.

Brumbies to focus on rugby

FOOTY FOCUS: Brumbies captain Stephen Moore is confident the players will not be distracted by off-field issues affecting the franchise.

Brumbies captain Stephen Moore says the players will separate back-room uncertainty from on-field performance.

Gibson's ambitions painted black

DARYL'S DESTINY: Daryl Gibson's heart is with home long-term but he is happy to wear blue for now.

The Kiwi assistant coach at the Waratahs has one eye on the big job at home with All Blacks.

Tamanivalu brewing excitement

BIG PROSPECT: Seta Tamanivalu, here fending off Chiefs team-mate James Lowe in the national provincial premiership final, is set to show his skills in Super Rugby.

Coach Dave Rennie says new Chiefs recruit has ability to explode on to scene in same way Malakai Fekitoa did.

Crusaders make a profit

KEEN FOLLOWING: Solid support from their fanbase helped the Crusaders make a $23,000 profit this year.

Franchise post a $23,150 profit and will announce replacement for departing board chair Murray Ellis next year.

Todd claims top prizes

DUAL WINNER: Loose forward Matt Todd's fine year earned him both the Crusaders and Canterbury player of the year awards.

Matt Todd was the big winner at the Canterbury and Crusaders awards evening, named as both the Crusaders and Canterbury Player of the Year.

Baby steps for Tongan Thor

TONGAN THOR: Taniela Tupou, made an immediate impression on his coaches at Queensland Reds training in Brisbane this week.

Taniela Tupou is settling into life at the Queensland Reds to learn the intricacies of scrummaging.

Kerr fit and ready to fire

NEW CHALLENGE: Baden Kerr is heading to England but hopes to return to New Zealand rugby.

Former Blues first five-eighth reflects on injury-ravaged 2014 as he prepares to link up with English club.

Tom Marshall confirms move to England

OVERSEAS EXPERIENCE: Tom Marshall has confirmed a move to Britain to join Gloucester in the English Premiership next year.

Tom Marshall lost to New Zealand rugby after inking deal with English Premiership club.

Hurricanes duo racing clock

ON THE MEND: Hurricanes prop Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, right, and openside Ardie Savea are recovering well from respective knee and bicep surgery .

Hurricanes forwards Ardie Savea and Jeffery Toomaga-Allen are racing the clock to be fit for the start of Super Rugby.

Marshall heading overseas - report

Makos and Chiefs back Tom Marhsall.

Chiefs and Tasman utility back is reportedly close to joining Gloucester in England's rugby Premiership.

Spot the spectator in big city

WHO'S WATCHING? Wellington take on Taranaki in an almost empty Westpac Stadium.

Rugby fans in the urban Super Rugby areas have fallen out of love with domestic rugby.

Blues, ARU at odds over facility

LETS GET FIT: The Blues may well be moving to a training facility at the Auckland Trotting Club.

The two organisations unable to work together over sharing a multi-million dollar training facility.

Form will dictate Crusaders 10

DOING IT HIS WAY: Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has his own job to do.

Todd Blackadder has made it clear the Crusaders' selection won't be influenced by the All Blacks.

Blackadder hails team's fitness

STEP LIVELY: Crusader Tom Taylor taking part in the fitness session.

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder reckons the group is the fittest he's seen at the start of pre-season training.

TNW won't miss Chiefs games

EXCITEMENT MACHINE: Tim Nanai-Williams wants to keep producing this sort of try-scoring action for the Chiefs

Electric back wants to stick with the Chiefs despite playing for Samoa.

Fiji courts Crusaders, but Nelson won't give up

HEADING HOME?: Could Crusaders wing Nemani Nadolo be heading home to Fiji for a Super Rugby showdown with the Hurricanes?

The Tasman Rugby Union is still hoping to attract the Crusaders to Nelson despite speculation the Super Rugby franchise wants to stage a game in Fiji next season.

Smith: Keep the Crusaders at home

BIG DRAWCARD: Crusaders stars Kieran Read and Richie McCaw could attract a full-house at Fiji's 20,000 capacity national stadium.

OPINION: The Crusaders should think very hard before snubbing Nelson to take a Super Rugby game to Fiji.

Marshall aces 'yo-yo' test as Canes resume training

OLD STAMPING GROUND: Returning old boy Ma'a Nonu, extreme left, keeps a few of the new Hurricanes amused as they emerge from the Lyall Bay surf, after a quick dip yesterday.

Chris Boyd wouldn't have been the least bit surprised by the identity of the last man standing.

Ben Afeaki facing up to chance career over

COSTLY KNOCK: Ben Afeaki after his damaging head clash for the Chiefs in Christchurch back in February.

Chiefs prop looking at the very real prospect of never playing rugby again and could quit six weeks into new season.

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