Super Rugby

Kamikaze cool down key for Waratahs hooker

Tatafu Polota-Nau

Learning to tackle without diving in head first gives Waratahs hooker confidence ahead of Super Rugby final.

Reason: Why Andy's so handy for Crusaders

Andy Ellis

OPINION: He's not the best No 9, but he might be the most influential player on the pitch in the Super Rugby final.

Are the All Blacks on a Super quota?

matt todd strap

John David wonders what's behind the omission of some key Crusaders in the All Blacks team.

Crusader Colin Slade primed for big night

Colin Slade

Getting ditched from the All Blacks wasn't how Colin Slade wanted to prepare for his first Super Rugby grand final.

Jovial Michael Cheika not playing mind games

Michael Cheika

Waratahs coach doubts the Crusaders are stressed by not winning Super Rugby since 2008.

Waratahs unchanged for Super Rugby final

Israel Folau

NSW name an unchanged starting line-up for Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Crusaders in Sydney.

Departing NSW star wants to finish on high

Alofa Alofa

Young Auckland-born NSW Waratahs' wing Alofa Alofa is aiming to finish his short Super Rugby stint in style.

Richie McCaw still gets nervous for big matches

Richie McCaw

Despite 127 test caps, ABs skipper says anxiety of preparing for big games never goes away.

South African nails incredible goalkick

Kick

It's at altitude and there's a bit of a tailwind, but this is still one heck of a shot at goal.

Owen Franks seeking first Super Rugby title

Owen Franks

RICHARD KNOWLER - The Press

It isn't just Jacques Potgieter that reminded Owen Franks of South Africa whenever he watched the Waratahs.

Mehrtens: Waratahs are not beating own drum

Michael Cheika, Daryl Gibson

ANDREW MEHRTENS - Stuff

OPINION: The Waratahs have stopped telling everyone how good they are; and just set about proving it on the field.

All Black castoffs goaded to win title

Steve Hansen

TONY SMITH - The Press

Steve Hansen provides motivation for Crusaders who didn't make ABs to win Super Rugby title this weekend.

Palu ready for No 8 battle with Read

Wycliff Palu

Big Waratahs No 8 ready to help his side gain revenge for 2008 Super Rugby final defeat to Crusaders.

Chiefs swoop on Will Skelton's locking brother

Cameron Skelton

EVAN PEGDEN - Waikato Times

The Chiefs have crossed the Tasman and got their man, signing the younger but bigger brother of new Wallabies locking sensation Will Skelton.

Waratahs have substance behind flash - Foley

Bernard Foley

Bernard Foley dwells on the defensive effort that set up the Waratahs' title showdown with the Crusaders.

ABs coach Steve Hansen OK as his stars realign

Dan Carter

All Blacks coach has no problem with the Crusaders playing Dan Carter and Richie McCaw out of position.

Will Skelton's younger brother signs with Chiefs

Cameron Skelton

Waratahs star's 19-year-old brother Cameron has joined two-time Super Rugby champions.

Waratahs going to Gibson’s inside knowledge

Daryl Gibson

Daryl Gibson won four titles with the Crusaders' and now has an key role in preventing them ending their trophy drought.

Painful Brisbane loss not forgotten by Crusaders

Todd Blackadder

At last the Crusaders have a chance to erase the nightmare of losing the 2011 Super Rugby grand final.

Relaxed Dan Carter unfazed by his kicking yips

Dan Carter

Star first five-eighth isn't worried his left boot is proving more rusty than trusty ahead of the Super Rugby grand final.

Similarities between Will Skelton, Sonny Bill

Will Skelton

Dimension-wise they appear far from clones, yet there is some resemblance between Will Skelton and Sonny Bill Williams.

NSW Waratahs heading into the unknown

Bernard Foley

The Waratahs are venturing into the unknown as they prepare to meet the Crusaders in the Super Rugby decider.

Chiefs' Super Rugby-winning four to part ways

Wayne Smith

LIAM NAPIER - Sunday Star Times

There's intrigue over Wayne Smith, while Steve Hansen's future is also beginning to be talked about.

Pick me, North Harbour coach tells the Blues

Sir John Kirwan

LIAM NAPIER - Sunday Star Times

Steve Jackson has put his hand up for one of the two assistant coaching roles at the Blues next year.

Highlanders may be found outside New Zealand

Jamie Joseph

Jamie Joseph says he's prepared to cast the net as far as needs to fill gaps at the Highlanders.

Waratahs take care of bitter rival Brumbies

Jacques Potgieter

NSW Waratahs to host first Super Rugby final after dispatching ACT Brumbies 26-8.

Old dogs Carter, McCaw are still vital to cause

Richie McCaw

Turns out rumours of the decline of Richie McCaw and Daniel Carter have been greatly exaggerated.

Crusaders march into Super Rugby final

Kieran Read

Easy win for Crusaders as they crush the Sharks 38-6 in Christchurch.

Stormin' Norman Berryman slays the Sharks

Norman Berryman

Two back-to-back wins over the Sharks in 1998 were among the most seminal moments in Crusaders history.

Final fling nears for Crusaders No 2 Corey Flynn

Corey Flynn

Crusaders hooker prepares to notch up the rare milestone of 150 Super Rugby matches for the franchise.

Brothers have big steak in the Sharks' success

Bismarck du Plessis

If you're after an insight into why the du Plessis brothers are formidable, visit the family farm.

Ground yet to sell-out for Crusaders semifinal

Crusaders fans

Several thousand tickets for tonight's Super Rugby semifinal in Christchurch remain unsold.

You've got to have a go, says No 9 Andy Ellis

Andy Ellis

Having the courage to shrug off the shackles and attack may be crucial for the Crusaders tonight.

ACT Brumbies set to stick with expansive game

Jesse Mogg

The Brumbies won't play a conservative game against the Waratahs tomorrow, says their director of rugby.

Carlos Spencer hits out at South Africa style

Carlos Spencer

Former Auckland and All Blacks star turned coach of the Kings attacks conservative style of his rivals.

Karmichael Hunt coming back to Super Rugby

Karmichael Hunt

Multi-talented code-hopping Australian believed to have signed deal with the Queensland Reds.

Sharks' Pat Lambie starts at No 10 in semifinal

Pat Lambie

Playmaker who oversaw regular season victory over the Crusaders returns to start in Super Rugby semifinal.

Gareth Anscombe completes move to Cardiff

Gareth Anscombe

Chiefs utility Gareth Anscombe has completed his move to the Cardiff Blues with an eye to representing Wales.

Corey Flynn gets nod at No 2 for Sharks clash

Corey Flynn

Crusaders coach denies veteran hooker Corey Flynn will start against the Sharks for sentimental reasons.

Sharks have confidence in attack on Crusaders

Jake White

Far from home, but Sharks coach Jake White thinks conditions could play into his side's hands.

Broken foot nothing on fractured rib - McCaw

Richie McCaw

Richie McCaw says a broken foot in the World Cup was a doddle compared to playing with a fractured rib.

Brumbies name unchanged side for semifinal

Ben Mowen

The Brumbies have named an unchanged side for Saturday's Super Rugby semifinal against the Waratahs.

Key quartet re-sign with Blues for next season

Luke Braid

Captain Luke Braid headlines a quartet of Blues players who have recommitted to the franchise.

Crusaders' Richie McCaw to start in semifinal

Richie McCaw

Anyone giving away needless penalties during their Super Rugby semifinal risks a death stare from Kieran Read.

Highlanders hard core, till the end

There's nothing like standing in any weather to watch beautiful blokes play some good, honest rugby.

Give Nadolo a cross-kick and see what happens

 Nemani Nadolo

Former ABs fullback Greg Cooper can't believe Nemani Nadolo is yet to unwrap one of his deadliest tricks.

Snook: Supporting cast key to team's success

Crusaders fans

IAN SNOOK - Taranaki Daily News

OPINION: Four down. One remaining. For the Chiefs, Hurricanes, Blues and Highlanders the 2015 season is imminent.

Boyd: Discipline won't be an issue for Sharks

Chris Boyd

Former Sharks assistant coach Chris Boyd doesn't expect to see the South African side resorting to cynical behaviour.

Knowler: Sharks far from toothless on the road

Bismark du Plessis

RICHARD KNOWLER - The Press

OPINION: Plenty of mongrel in team led by 111kg slab of organic SA beef aiming to sink hopes of NZ glory.

Crusaders must counter moving maul - Crockett

Wyatt Crockett

Wyatt Crockett sounds like a physics teacher as tries to de-mystify the task of demolishing the Sharks' mauls.
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