Super Rugby

Crusaders set to take game to Nelson in 2015

Trafalgar Park

Christchurch-based franchise may return to top of the south for Super Rugby match against Hurricanes next year.

Tough start, juicy finish for Hurricanes in 2015

Chris Boyd

Hurricanes might lay claim to eight and a half home matches next season by the time they have mulled over their draw.

Hamilton to host just five Chiefs games in 2015

Waikato Stadium

Waikato Stadium to host one less Chiefs match than usual in next year's Super Rugby due to clash with Fifa Under-20 World Cup.

Highlanders fixture list includes a date to circle

Highlanders

Invercargill or Queenstown look likely options to host mouthwatering Highlanders-Chiefs showdown on May 30 next year.

Crusaders to get Super Rugby season started

Canes v Crusaders

Beaten finalists the Crusaders will kick off next year's Super Rugby competition in Australia.

Is Auckland's franchise singing the Blues?

Jimmy Cowan

The Blues have signed Jimmy Cowan for next year's campaign. Was it a smart move?

Boyd confident Vince Aso ready for step up

Vince Aso

Young Auckland utility back signs two-year deal with the Hurricanes and will shift south to Wellington at the end of the NPC.

No 10 Dan Carter won't rush return from injury

Dan Carter

All Blacks first five-eighth to make his comeback against Southland in Christchurch on September 28.

Jimmy Cowan signs with Blues for Super Rugby

Jimmy Cowan

Sir John Kirwan has high expectations of former All Blacks halfback coming to fill hole left by Piri Weepu.

Future remains up in the air for Wayne Smith

Wayne Smith

Chiefs assistant says he's made no decision about next season as rumours persist he's returning to the All Blacks.

Lee-Lo returns as Boyd builds Canes roster

Rey Lee-Lo

Rey Lee-Lo's popular return will further plug the gaping midfield hole left in the Hurricanes backline at the end of last season.

Reynold Lee-Lo let go early by Crusaders

Reynold Lee-Lo

Counties midfielder had two-year deal but it's understood he and Super franchise agreed to part ways after just one season.

Focus is on rehab for Hurricanes forward duo

Ardie Savea

Ardie Savea and Jeffery Toomaga-Allen join Reggie Goodes in re-signing with Super franchise through to the end of 2016.

Quade Cooper's advice helps Reds sign Thor

Taniela Tupou

Advice from Quade Cooper helped convince schoolboy rugby sensation Taniela Tupou to sign with the Reds.

Flexible Japanese winning Super Rugby's race

Eddie Jones

Japan are apparently winning the race to be the Asian entry into the expanded Super Rugby championship.

'Tongan Thor' Taniela Tupou signs with Reds

Taniela Tupou

Quade Cooper's courting of NZ high school rugby star pays off with teen signing two-year deal.

Canterbury building connections with US rugby

Tabai Matson

Crusaders assistant coach Tabai Matson to head upcoming camp for aspiring American players and coaches in Colorado.

Richie Mo’unga on hunt for a Super Rugby spot

Richie Mo'unga

If 20-year-old Canterbury backline utility keeps going the way he is, expect Super Rugby interest to intensify.

Wallabies jersey not the motivation for Hunt

Karmichael Hunt

Code hopper Karmichael Hunt says securing a Wallabies jersey hasn't even crossed his mind.

Recruitment pressure adding to Blues' troubles

Sir John Kirwan

John Kirwan will take a more hands-on role next season amid concerns about the Blues' struggles to recruit quality coaches.

Chiefs hopeful of securing match against Wales

Andrew Flexman

The Chiefs are sitting tight and are hopeful of hosting Wales in a midweek fixture during their tour of New Zealand in 2016.

O'Connor returns home to Reds, Hunt switches

James O'Connor

Queensland Reds announce signings of ex-Wallaby James O'Connor and code-hopper Karmichael Hunt.

Glenn Moore looking forward to change of pace

Glenn Moore

New Blues assistant coach reckons none of his new charges won't make training because cow shed roof has blown off in a storm.

Karmichael Hunt confirms departure from AFL

Karmichael Hunt

Former Broncos and Kangaroos star Karmichael Hunt has confirmed he is leaving the AFL.

Glenn Moore to take charge of the Blues pack

Glenn Moore

Former Highlanders coach Glenn Moore will take charge of the Blues forward pack for the next two years.

Counties' Baden Kerr ponders shift overseas

Baden Kerr

Steelers first five wants to be a professional, but with no Super contract he's only got one option open.

Reds to confirm signing of James O'Connor

James O'Connor

Queensland to confirm worst kept secret in rugby on Friday when Wallabies' prodigal son is announced as their new signing.

Ex-Highlander Robinson hooks Crusaders deal

Ged Robinson

Former Highlanders hooker's decision to sign a two-year deal requires some scrutiny.

Chiefs have just six vacancies left on roster

Hosea Gear

Only six spots left on 2015 roster, now a case of taking in NPC, while possibly negotiating with overseas-based players.

Thorn, Bekhuis not back for Highlanders

brad thorn

Two experienced players not returning for southern franchise as Brad Thorn heads overseas and Josh Bekhuis signs with Blue.

Damian McKenzie signs three-year Chiefs deal

Damian McKenzie

Outstanding for NZ at this year's Junior World Cup, talented 19-year-old pens a three-year Super Rugby deal.

Police oppose Tevita Li application on charge

Tevita Li

Police opposing young Blues winger's application for a discharge without conviction on a drink driving offence.

Hosea Gear returning home to New Zealand

Hosea Gear

Hosea Gear is coming home. The former All Blacks wing has signed with the Chiefs for next year.

Crusaders seek 'Big Beast' in backline as target

Todd Blackadder

Wanted: an ambitious and powerful centre/wing who flattens tacklers, runs like a fury and doesn't mind the cold.

Kaplan: Joubert wrong to penalise Richie McCaw

Richie McCaw

Former test ref says Craig Joubert made a mistake awarding late penalty in the Super Rugby final.

Nemani Nadolo to stay at Crusaders until 2016

Nemani Nadolo

Nemani Nadolo is a man of his word and will remain at the Crusaders for two more years.

Crusaders snapped on a big game joyride

Crusaders

Crusaders' only big game prize this year found on African plains - but it's not to everyone's taste.

Jimmy Cowan tipped to be at Blues next season

Jimmy Cowan

As Piri Weepu leaves NZ, another former All Blacks No 9, Jimmy Cowan, could be Blues bound.

Cameron Skelton set to showcase his size in NZ

Cameron Skelton

Younger brother of star Waratah Will Skelton is the big man looking to make an impact on New Zealand rugby.

Coach Todd Blackadder's job at Crusaders safe

Todd Blackadder

Crusasders boss says loss "hurts like hell" but Todd Blackadder will get another shot at Super Rugby glory.

Dennis aiming to be fit for 2015 Super Rugby

Dave Dennis

Injured NSW captain Dave Dennis says he's on track to be back for the start of the Waratahs' Super Rugby title defence.

Crusaders star Nemani Nadolo racially abused

Nemani Nadolo

Crusaders coach impressed with how Nemani Nadolo handled "disgraceful" racial slur.

Ryan Crotty carries scars from Sydney defeat

Ryan Crotty

Ryan Crotty looked like he had been struck in the face with a tomahawk as he fought valiantly for the Crusaders.

Knowler: For Crusaders coming second hurts

Richie McCaw

RICHARD KNOWLER - The Press

OPINION: Watching replays of a refereeing decision will give crestfallen Crusaders fans heartburn for days.

'Live with it', says gutted flanker Richie McCaw

Richie McCaw

To get beaten after a contentious refereeing decision in the final minutes is just torture for Richie McCaw.

Andrew Mehrtens the toast of the Waratahs

andrew mehrtens

Last week the Waratahs joked they would lynch Andrew Mehrtens for backing the Crusaders, now they want to buy him a beer.

Mixed emotions for old Crusader Daryl Gibson

Daryl Gibson

Happy his Waratahs won, but Daryl Gibson still feels for his old Crusaders mates after Super Rugby final loss.

Crusaders' favourite sons, own worst enemies

Richie McCaw

Richie McCaw admits he "should have done better" in dying minutes of Crusaders' Super Rugby final loss.

Sonny side up for Chiefs in 2015 Super Rugby

Sonny Bill Williams

Sunday Star Times

Super Rugby's conclusion overnight prompted LIAM NAPIER to run the rule over the season that was.

Crusaders' Hewett not your typical rugby head

Dave Hewett

RICHARD KNOWLER - Sunday Star Times

Crusaders assistant coach is also the co-owner of a building company and reckons it's ideal when things go haywire in Super Rugby.
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