Crusaders defence coach Tabai Matson expects nothing tricky from Sharks coach Jake White's game plans.
Crusaders veteran expects star first five-eighth to make the difference in Saturday's Super Rugby semifinal.
Legendary All Blacks prop Kevin Skinner has died in Auckland, aged 86.
A supreme defensive effort from Ellesmere and basic errors from North Canterbury ensured the Southbridge Shield was on the Ellesmere bus on Saturday evening.
Commanding tanks might appeal to Matt Todd in the rugby after-life.
NZ Conference champion Crusaders will get time off during the first week of the Super Rugby playoffs.
Coach Todd Blackadder to unleash No 8 Kieran Read against the Blues at AMI Stadium tomorrow night.
"No excuses" was John Kirwan's war-cry before the Blues pulverised the Western Force 40-14 in Perth.
Ryan Crotty is not unaccustomed to having his heels hanging over the Super Rugby abyss.
RICHARD KNOWLER - The Press
OPINION: Debating whether Dan Carter should start for the Crusaders is pointless. Just get him in there.
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has named Kieran Read on the bench for Saturday's clash.
While Dan Carter is back from his sabbatical, Colin Slade is still tipped to start in the Crusaders' playmaker's role.
The likely omission of Israel Dagg will further reduce the Crusaders' strike power, with Nemani Nadolo already ruled out.
Dan Carter showed strong form playing for Southbridge, but whether he is ready to play for the Crusaders is yet to be decided.
Aaron Cruden's conscious adjustment has led to immediate results.
The English rugby team have donated their jerseys to a quake-relief charity to show support for the Christchurch rebuild.
A tackle on a streaker during Saturday's rugby test could have left serious lifelong damage, trust says.
Guard who made biggest hit of the Dunedin test is Canterbury No 8 who missed club game to make extra money.
But there was no hero worship of Dan Carter at fog-wreathed Southbridge on Saturday - on the pitch, anyway.
The security guard who produced a show-stopping tackle on a streaker is believed to be a Canterbury rugby player.