Rugby

No tricks expected from White

Tabai Matson

Crusaders defence coach Tabai Matson expects nothing tricky from Sharks coach Jake White's game plans.

Ellis hopes Carter proves tonic

Andy Ellis

Crusaders veteran expects star first five-eighth to make the difference in Saturday's Super Rugby semifinal.

AB great Kevin Skinner dies

Kevin Skinner

Legendary All Blacks prop Kevin Skinner has died in Auckland, aged 86.

Maitland makes mark for Ellesmere

A supreme defensive effort from Ellesmere and basic errors from North Canterbury ensured the Southbridge Shield was on the Ellesmere bus on Saturday evening.

Double delight for Todd

Matt Todd

Commanding tanks might appeal to Matt Todd in the rugby after-life.

Crusaders get playoffs bye

Nemani Nadolo

NZ Conference champion Crusaders will get time off during the first week of the Super Rugby playoffs.

Crusaders roll out the big guns

Nemani Nadolo

Coach Todd Blackadder to unleash No 8 Kieran Read against the Blues at AMI Stadium tomorrow night.

Kirwan's Blues force a point in Perth

Ma'a Nonu

"No excuses" was John Kirwan's war-cry before the Blues pulverised the Western Force 40-14 in Perth.

Crotty wants higher gear

Referee Mike Fraser tells captains Jeremy Thrush and Ryan Crotty

Ryan Crotty is not unaccustomed to having his heels hanging over the Super Rugby abyss.

Carter should be a starter

FIRED-UP: Andy Ellis and Dane Coles were involved in several scuffles on Saturday night.

RICHARD KNOWLER - The Press

OPINION: Debating whether Dan Carter should start for the Crusaders is pointless. Just get him in there.

Crusaders name Read on bench

Kieran Read

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has named Kieran Read on the bench for Saturday's clash.

Slade favourite for No 10 jersey

Colin Slade

While Dan Carter is back from his sabbatical, Colin Slade is still tipped to start in the Crusaders' playmaker's role.

Nadolo gone, Dagg in doubt

Israel Dagg

The likely omission of Israel Dagg will further reduce the Crusaders' strike power, with Nemani Nadolo already ruled out.

Dan Carter's club comeback

Dan Carter

Dan Carter showed strong form playing for Southbridge, but whether he is ready to play for the Crusaders is yet to be decided.

Cruden's 'mind shift' pays off

Aaron Cruden

Aaron Cruden's conscious adjustment has led to immediate results.

English jerseys under the hammer

Ed Slater

The English rugby team have donated their jerseys to a quake-relief charity to show support for the Christchurch rebuild.

Streaker 'lucky' to avoid injury

All Blacks streaker

A tackle on a streaker during Saturday's rugby test could have left serious lifelong damage, trust says.

AB tackle 'out of character'

All Blacks streaker

Guard who made biggest hit of the Dunedin test is Canterbury No 8 who missed club game to make extra money.

Carter still Southbridge's golden boy

Dan Carter

But there was no hero worship of Dan Carter at fog-wreathed Southbridge on Saturday - on the pitch, anyway.

Streaker given bum's rush

streaker

The security guard who produced a show-stopping tackle on a streaker is believed to be a Canterbury rugby player.

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