Centre Reynold Lee-Lo must be feeling the heat as the Crusaders attempt to rev up their backline.
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OPINION: The Crusaders are now at a stage where every game has already become vital, not just for points on the table.
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Spending 80 minutes shivering on the sidelines will be a thing of the past for young rugby players this winter - now, everybody is guaranteed a game.
There is only one way the Crusaders can wipe this miserable week from their memories.
Kieran Read is one man who could deliver the sledgehammer blow that fractures the Blues' resolve tonight.
Dumped fullback Israel Dagg has had little chance to celebrate his renewed Crusaders contract.
Whenever Tom Taylor needs advice about goalkicking he follows his bloodlines.
Crusaders welcome back skipper but will want more potency from backline after first round loss to Chiefs.
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Somewhere this decade the Chiefs and Crusaders have swapped identities - a scenario vividly portrayed in Friday night's remarkable Super Rugby season- opener in Christchurch.
The Highlanders have beaten the Blues 29-21 in an entertaining contest in Dunedin.
Match commentary and stats for first Super Rugby match of the year involving Kiwi teams.
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Hey Richie, what will it take for victory?
Fairfax Media asks Richie McCaw what has to change if the Crusaders are to win Super Rugby this year.
Richie McCaw indicates he will probably retire after next year's World Cup.
Fijian wing Nemani Nadolo has completed the Crusaders' complement to add to a selection conundrum later in the Super rugby season.
Ryan Crotty is unapologetic about the radical shake-up of the Crusaders' pre-season programme.
New Zealand's senior Super Rugby players are leading a push to eliminate the popular double round of "derby" games.
Rob Penney doubts he will return to New Zealand to coach a Super Rugby side.
Dominic Bird's power when hitting rucks only needs to be measured in the crudest of terms by the Crusaders coaches this season.
OPINION: The longer we have the Halberg Awards hullabaloo the more I wonder why we bother singling out a supreme New Zealand sportsperson of the year.