'They're in the same boat'

The Highlanders are expected to make it to Christchurch in time for their quarterfinal despite suffering flight delays ...

Wet weather not dampening the Highlanders mood after late arrival in Christchurch for Super Rugby quarterfinal.

Falcon bounces for Barrett video

Jordie Barrett celebrates his somewhat unconventional try during the Hurricanes quarterfinal victory over the Brumbies.

Jordie Barrett is developing brother Beauden's knack for popping up in the right place at the right time.

'Grumpy' Canes get job done video

Hurricanes second five-eighth Ngani Laumape takes the ball into contact.

Hurricanes advance to the semis despite a third consecutive "sloppy, loose and ill-disciplined" effort.

Brumbies backed for top 2018

Wallabies flanker David Pocock will return from sabbatical to the Brumbies in 2018.

Brumbies on the up after over-performing in 2017 and as David Pocock returns, departing coach says.

Chiefs not focused on farewells

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie says the team aren't focusing on rallying together to try and send the departees out on a high.

Any game now could be the last for several stalwarts, but the Chiefs aren't using it as motivation.

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Lincoln Uni through to another final

Lincoln University midfielder Ngane Punivai, pictured in an earlier clash, and his side are through to their third ...

Horrendous weather conditions impacts Canterbury Metro club rugby with three matches postponed.

Recap: Hurricanes v Brumbies

Ngani Laumape of the Hurricanes is tackled during the Super Rugby quarterfinal.

The Hurricanes bulldoze the Brumbies in Canberra to march into the Super Rugby semi-finals.

Chiefs player denied SA entry

Alex Nankivell of the Chiefs.

Chiefs midfielder Alex Nankivell denied entry to South Africa owing to a visa expiry date error.

Play-by-play: Hurricanes v Brumbies

Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara.

The Hurricanes' quarterfinal clash with the Brumbies a play-at-a-time, in Canberra.

Highlanders to get tricky

Saturday night's quarterfinal could be Highlanders coach Tony Brown's last game in New Zealand before leaving for Japan.

Winning road playoff games isn't foreign to the Highlanders, and they tend to do it with surprises.

Naholo remains a Highlander video

Waisake Naholo will remain with the Highlanders.

Dynamic winger rejects the Chiefs and puts pen to paper for "another big year" among chanting Dunedin fans.

Tamanivalu chased by Chiefs

Seta Tamanivalu (pictured) worked on a building site in Taranaki with Waisake Naholo before they became professional ...

Incoming Chiefs coach Colin Cooper gets on the phone to the man they let go to the Crusaders.

Netball umpire to control rugby derby

Top netball umpire Jono Bredin will referee the Southland Spartans versus Otago Sassenachs rugby match on Sunday.

Top level New Zealand netball umpire Jono Bredin will control a rugby warmup match between the Southland Spartans and Otago Sassenachs.

Crusaders prepare to be bombed video

Israel Dagg, who transferred to the Crusaders in 2011 after several seasons with the Highlanders, has yet to win a Super ...

Israel Dagg expects the Highlanders will kick, kick and kick again as the rain tumbles in Christchurch.

Super 'Nearly Men' eye final step

New coach Scott Robertson has the Crusaders back in a familiar place, contending for an eighth Super Rugby title.

OPINION: Don't call 'em chokers, but it's been a while since the Crusaders lifted the trophy, writes Marc Hinton.

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Super 'Nearly Men' eye final step

New coach Scott Robertson has the Crusaders back in a familiar place, contending for an eighth Super Rugby title.

OPINION: Don't call 'em chokers, but it's been a while since the Crusaders lifted the trophy, writes Marc Hinton.

Stick with SBW - for now

OPINION: Despite that red card SBW's underlying form was improving, writes Paul Cully.

Hot topics: The finals breakdown

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'They're in the same boat'

Wet weather not dampening the Highlanders mood after late arrival in Christchurch for Super Rugby quarterfinal.

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SBW a 'massive fan' of Zidane

Zinedine Zidane and Sonny Bill Williams have both seen red in big games.

All Black who saw red for his shoulder says man who saw red for his head is his footballing hero.

Jordie's got a weak foot? Nah

This is how you do it older brother...

Younger Barrett shows his older brother how its done, nailing sideline conversion with his left foot.

ABs front row, lock it in video

Codie Taylor, pictured celebrating his try against the British and Irish Lions in the first test in Auckland, made his ...

Codie Taylor, the final piece of NZ Rugby's World Cup front row puzzle, poised to sign through to 2019.

How SBW gets back for Bledisloe

Sonny Bill Williams should be available for the All Blacks for their first Bledisloe Cup match against Australia.

He's banned for four games, but Steve Hansen thinks club and pre-season games count.

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New scrum laws to be trialled

All front-rowers will be able to strike for the ball after it is put into the scrum under the new laws.

All front-rowers will be allowed to strike for the ball and the No 8 can grab it sooner under new trial laws.

Highlanders brush aside rumours

Malakai Fekitoa has reportedly signed with French club Toulon.

Tony Brown backs Malakai Fekitoa to be up for Crusaders amid speculation he's leaving for France.

Delany returning to BOP

First five-eighth Mike Delany, here playing for the Highlanders in 2012, is coming back to New Zealand after six seasons ...

A one-time All Black is coming back to play rugby in New Zealand.

Oz rugby master v apprentice

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Michael Cheika's Wallabies will face a Barbarians side coached by arguably Australia's greatest coach.

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Netball umpire to control rugby derby

Top netball umpire Jono Bredin will referee the Southland Spartans versus Otago Sassenachs rugby match on Sunday.

Top level New Zealand netball umpire Jono Bredin will control a rugby warmup match between the Southland Spartans and Otago Sassenachs.

Tongia signs for Stags

Ryan Tongia will play for Southland in this year's national provincial rugby championship.

Former Highlanders and Hawke's Bay back Ryan Tongia will play for the Southland Stags in the national provincial rugby competition.

Ellesmere reclaims Southbridge Shield

Ellesmere lift the Southbridge Shield after a 35-20 win over North Canterbury in Kaiapoi.

Ellesmere come from behind to claim the shield for the tenth time in 12 years.

Thorn dons the boots again

Brad Thorn was in Dunedin as assistant coach of the Reds when he decide to don his club gear for a match of his own.

After watching his Reds lose to the Highlanders on Friday night, Brad Thorn laced up his boots for a club rugby match on Saturday.

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Waldrom's urgent sevens lessons

After being interim coach of the New Zealand Sevens team, Scott Waldrom is not required by new head coach Clark Laidlaw.

NZ Rugby's sevens system lags behind the rest of the world, and it shows, axed coach says.

Cama: Sevens lacking depth

Junior Tomasi Cama is now the assistant coach of the New Zealand Sevens team.

NZ Sevens assistant coach Tomasi Cama believes the lack of depth in sevens was exposed last season.

Drummond returns from sevens heaven

Jess Drummond featured for the Black Ferns in the final two legs of the Worlds Sevens Series circuit.

It's back to work, and back to netball, for Black Ferns sevens player Jess Drummond.

Sevens win motivates Goss

Sarah Goss is New Zealand's most capped women's sevens player with 30 tournaments.

With her team winning the sevens world series on the other side of the world, captain Sarah Goss celebrates with an early morning run.

super rugby

Recap: Hurricanes v Brumbies

Ngani Laumape of the Hurricanes is tackled during the Super Rugby quarterfinal.

The Hurricanes bulldoze the Brumbies in Canberra to march into the Super Rugby semi-finals.

Chiefs player denied SA entry

Alex Nankivell of the Chiefs.

Chiefs midfielder Alex Nankivell denied entry to South Africa owing to a visa expiry date error.

Play-by-play: Hurricanes v Brumbies

Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara.

The Hurricanes' quarterfinal clash with the Brumbies a play-at-a-time, in Canberra.

Highlanders to get tricky

Saturday night's quarterfinal could be Highlanders coach Tony Brown's last game in New Zealand before leaving for Japan.

Winning road playoff games isn't foreign to the Highlanders, and they tend to do it with surprises.

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