TOBY ROBSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsVictor Vito knows he's running out of auditions, but the Canes No 8 insists he hasn't closed the door on All Blacks selection.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsSeven games into the season, and the Blues' first five-eighth role remains wide open.
IAN SNOOK - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: Which Super Rugby franchise has found itself one of the bottom two teams in the competition an alarming 11 times?
A groin injury has ruled All Blacks prop Ben Franks out of the Hurricanes' team to face the Blues in Friday.
OPINION: Toby Robson breaks down the latest Super Rugby games in his own inimitable style.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsRotation in the pivotal first five-eighth role continues at the Blues with Chris Noakes to face the Hurricanes.
EVAN PEGDEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsSam Cane knows he has a long rugby season ahead of him, but he also knows the competition is breathing down his neck.
RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ NewsKieron Fonotia's tender hamstring is threatening to disrupt the Crusaders' new-look midfield.
EVAN PEGDEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsChiefs two-metre lock Brodie Retallick is confident he will be cleared to play against the Crusaders.
RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: History won't allow the Crusaders to blame jet lag if they flop against the Chiefs on Saturday night.
MARC HINTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsKeven Mealamu's problem calf muscle injury is something he is going to have to learn to live with for the remainder of his career.
GLENN MCLEAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsRhys Marshall has figured a few things out as the 2014 Super Rugby season progresses.
ANDREW MEHRTENS - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: As Super Rugby nears its 20th year Andrew Mehrtens wonders if it's time to ditch South Africa.
TOBY ROBSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: Mark Hammett's sudden decision to pack his bags at the end of the season had not been a distraction, players say.
LOGAN SAVORY - © Fairfax NZ NewsBrad Thorn's playing days with the Highlanders could be over as surgery puts the veteran out for the season.
MARC HINTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsPiri Weepu revealed he broke down in tears when he discovered he had suffered a minor stroke.
Highlanders lock Brad Thorn is to undergo surgery after suffering a bicep injury in last Friday's win over the Bulls.
The fallout over the ARU's decision to withdraw Israel Folau from a Super Rugby match has continued today.
MARC HINTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Blues have called in Hawke's Bay playmaker Ihaia West to replace the injured Baden Kerr.
Wearing a green jersey, rather than black or blue, is Bundee Aki's future ambition.
RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ NewsColin Slade was instrumental in the Crusaders win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
EVAN PEGDEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsLook for the Chiefs to step up in the next few weeks after a run of incomplete performances.
The Crusaders' self-belief has received a terrific jolt ahead of Saturday night's match against the Chiefs.
The outstanding displays of the Tongan-born centre have mesmerised southern punters into a state of awe.
EVAN PEGDEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsJordan Payne is living the dream after a 34-minute cameo on debut for the Chiefs on Saturday night.
Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie says it's time his side put their foot down in Super Rugby 2014.
TONY SMITH - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Chiefs could be sweating this week over the fitness of the All Black lock for the matchup with the Crusaders.
Blues halfback Piri Weepu is expected to return to action on Anzac day after recovering from heart surgery.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsScrutiny continues to swirl round Marshall's future, but the Blues insist he will see out his two-year contract.
Playmaker Colin Slade was a key element in the Crusaders' 52-31 victory over the Cheetahs.
MARC HINTON AT WAIKATO STADIUM - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe drought is over, but not the disquiet, as the Chiefs produced another two-paced performance.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsWhoever replaces Mark Hammett as Hurricanes coach next year is already facing an increasing player exodus.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: Not long ago Vern Cotter, John Plumtree and Joe Schmidt would have been in the mix for the Hurricanes coaching role.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsWayne Smith is weighing up whether on not he will return to the Chiefs next year.
MARC HINTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsSteve Hansen may have his worries, but Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith is not one of them this year.
JEFF WILSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: It's easy to blame the coach, but sometimes in New Zealand rugby we should look at the system, says Jeff Wilson.
PHIL GIFFORD - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: Having snatched two draws South Africa, and lost their key playmaker in the process, the Chiefs might have been forgiven for some nerves.
Chiefs second five-eighth Bundee Aki will depart NZ to play for Irish province Connacht.
IAN RANSOM - ReutersIsrael Folau was left a "frustrated" spectator during the NSW Waratahs' 28-16 defeat by the Western Force.
CHRIS PIKE - AAPA stunning three-try effort by Nick Cummins has seen the Western Force stun the Waratahs with a 28-16 victory.
LIAM NAPIER IN HAMILTON - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Chiefs have beaten the Rebels 22-16 in Hamilton but they did it the hard way.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsNot wanting to go overseas when he's over the hill, Jarrad Hoeata has signed for Cardiff Blues.
EVAN PEGDEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsAaron Cruden's stand-in will have a key say in how well the Chiefs perform tonight and for the next five games.
RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ NewsNo ultimatum has been issued to Todd Blackadder, Crusaders boss Hamish Riach says.
EVAN PEGDEN - © Fairfax NZ NewsToby Smith has had tonight marked down on his calendar since the 2014 Super Rugby draw was released.
RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ NewsTwo weeks in South Africa and the Crusaders are talking like pragmatic Afrikaners.
TOBY ROBSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Hurricanes hold their coaching destiny in their hands for the first time as they start the search for Mark Hammett's successor.
The ARU has sensationally withdrawn Israel Folau from the NSW line-up to play the Western Force.
JIM MORTON - AAPBrumbies hooker Stephen Moore was jeered off after controversially escaping punishment for punching Ed Quirk in his side's 23-20 win over Queensland.
JIM MORTON - AAPThe Brumbies withstood a second-half onslaught by Queensland to put the Reds' Super Rugby finals hopes on the brink.
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