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Hurricanes stalled for now

Blindside flanker Brad Shields eventually left Eketahuna in a moonboot after getting injured against the Blues.

Hurricanes look awful and have plenty to do before the Super Rugby season starts.

Convert's successful 'Canes return

Ngani Laumape played his first game of rugby since 2011 in the Hurricanes' preseason loss to the Blues in Eketahuna after converting back to the code from league.

The Hurricanes may have got hammered but league-convert Ngani Laumape was just pleased to get through the game unscathed.

Chiefs search for improvement

Luteru Laulala of the Chiefs is tackled during the Super Rugby trial match against the Waratahs in Rotorua.

They managed a win in their first pre-season hitout, but the Chiefs have plenty to work on.

League convert to replace Piutau?

Matt Duffie played his first rugby union match since 2008 for the Blues in Pakuranga last week.

Former Kiwis and Storm utility favoured to lock in Blues fullback role.

Fekitoa splits from girlfriend

Malakai Fekitoa and Caroline McNaught at the 2014 Rugby Awards.

All Blacks centre Malakai Fekitoa has split with his partner Caroline McNaught, according to reports.

Force too good for Dragons

Wing Luke Morahan scored twice as the Western Force defeated the Asia Pacific Dragons 34-26 to conclude their preseason.

Western Force down Asia Pacific Dragons 34-26 in Perth, ending their preseason campaign on a high.

Hurricanes left battered and blue

George Moala is tackled by Ngani Laumape.

A few injury concerns in Hurricanes camp after going down to the Blues.

Brumbies easily outclass Reds

Samu Kerevi of the Reds (left) is tackled by Tevita Kuridrani of the Brumbies during the Super Rugby preseason match at Ballymore.

Thanks to a jersey clash of epic proportions, the Reds andBrumbies at least looked the same.

Waratahs embrace Beethoven video

Players from the NSW Waratahs and members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra on the steps of the Sydney Opera House.

What happens when rugby meets classical music? The Waratahs find out.

Powerbrokers defend Super Rugby

Super Rugby bosses have gone on the front foot to defend the controversial expansion this year.

Sanzaar boss and NZ executive front foot widespread criticism - but is it too late?

Chiefs beat Tahs, more injuries

Chiefs winger Glen Fisiiahi on his way to the try-line against the Waratahs at Rotorua.

Late try secures scrappy win for the Chiefs, who suffer more injury setbacks.

Rugby host humbled by visit video

Peter Tetai.

Peter Tetai unable to conduct role for first time in 35 years.

Perenara desperate to compete

TJ Perenara will take a leading role with the Hurricanes this season.

Hurricanes treating pre-season clash with Blues like a competition game.

Homecoming for McKenzie video

Crusaders back Marty McKenzie.

Marty McKenzie is enjoying life as a Crusader.

Late try snatches draw video

Tim Boys is mobbed after salvaging a 19-19 preseason draw against the Highlanders.

Crusaders claim preseason draw at the death against the Highlanders on a farmer's paddock.

Fekitoa told to focus on rugby

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph wants Malakai Fekitoa's rugby to do the talking following his frank admissions over anger issues.

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph says "slightly naive" AB star needs to do his talking on the field after opening up on anger issues.

Buckman ruled out for season

Richard Buckman, left, requires surgery on his injured shoulder.

Highlanders star staying as positive as he can after injuring shoulder against Racing.

Rennie running out the big guns

Chiefs co-captain Sam Cane is ready to rip into his first game since the World Cup - back on home turf in Rotorua against the Waratahs in the team's first pre-season hit out.

First hit out serves as a big opportunity for Chiefs players to push their case for selection.

Smith weighing coaching options

Wayne Smith's remarkable rugby coaching skills are in demand.

ABs coach confirms he has several options for his services this year.

Foley not worried about burnout

Bernard Foley: "It's definitely going to be a challenge - maybe sometimes I will be a bit mentally drained."

In demand No 10 Bernard Foley expects he might get mentally drained during the coming Super Rugby season.

Paddock ready for stars video

Brendan Eathorne, of Dunedin's Forsyth Barr stadium, marks out the Fred Booth Park field for Thursday's night's preseason Super Rugby game between the Highlanders and Crusaders at Waimumu.

Nothing beats having the Highlanders and Crusaders play at your paddock.

Whitelock: welfare has improved

Sam Whitelock (left) says the welfare of current and former players has improved greatly in recent years.

George Leaupepe criticised NZ Rugby for not doing enough for ex-players. Sam Whitelock can't fault the current set-up.

Canes seek systems check

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd: 'Clearly we want a better outcome than we achieved against the Force, which was 28-0 and which we weren't happy about.'

Hurricanes target vast improvement from 28-0 loss to the Western Force.

Aaron Smith returns to action

Aaron Smith will make his first appearance of the season for the Highlanders on Thursday.

World Cup winner Aaron Smith returns to action against the Crusaders but long lay-off looms for Richard Buckman

Boys refreshed and after game time

New Crusaders flanker Tim Boys.

Tim Boys refreshed through introduction to Crusaders.

Ranger and Moala start for Blues

Rene Ranger and George Moala have been named to start in the midfield for the Blues second preseason match against the Hurricanes this week.

Tana Umaga names big guns to start preseason match against Hurricanes.

Perenara takes over skipper's role

TP Perenara will captain the Hurricanes in a trial game against the Blues because Dane Coles is attending a wedding.

TJ Perenara will captain the Hurricanes for the first time in a trial match against the Blues.

Pocock wants year off rugby

It's not hard to see why David Pocock might want a break to freshen up from the punishment that comes with rugby.

Wallabies star eager to go to study in the UK in 2017, but the Brumbies aren't keen on giving him a break.

Pollard out of Super Rugby

Handre Pollard kicks for goal at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Rising star of South African rugby sidelined for nine months after suffering a freak training accident.

Pollard ruled out of Super Rugby

Handre Pollard will require surgery after rupturing knee ligaments during a passing drill with the Bulls.

Handre Pollard could be sidelined nine months after rupturing knee ligaments in a freak training accident.

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