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Ardie Savea's massive challenge as Hurricanes skipper video

Loose forward Ardie Savea was named as the Hurricanes captain ahead of All Blacks team-mate Dane Coles.

OPINION: Ardie Savea may have to be prepared for the good, bad and the ugly in his first season as captain of the Hurricanes.

Super Rugby Aotearoa preview: Underdog Highlanders have added bite video

The Highlanders will be hoping for plenty of impact – and voice – from exciting new recruit Solomon Alaimalo.

Depth in the tight five is an issue but a good recruitment drive and the maturing of existing talent means the Highlanders shouldn't be taken lightly.

Dallas McLeod handed midfield start for Crusaders in absence of injured duo video

Crusaders midfielders Dallas McLeod, left, and Rene Ranger at a training session in Christchurch last month.

Second-year midfielder Dallas McLeod beats out Rene Ranger to start in the midfield with Braydon Ennor and David Havili unavailable against the Highlanders.

Super Rugby Aotearoa: Highlanders name Liam Squire on bench video

Liam Squire starts on the bench against the Crusaders, his first Super Rugby action since 2019.

Tony Brown has wasted no time in bringing the former All Blacks enforcer back into the fray against the Crusaders on Friday.

Crusaders strength and conditioning coach Simon Thomas US bound video

Now former Crusaders strength and conditioning coach Simon Thomas, left, and head Coach Scott Robertson at a training ...

Less than six months after signing a new two-year deal, Simon Thomas has left the Crusaders for a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity.

Super Rugby burning questions: Who will be missed most, Barrett or Perenara? video

Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara is taking a playing sabbatical in Japan this season.

Will the Blues or Hurricanes miss their leader most? What to do with Damian McKenzie? Stuff's rugby writers tackle the hot topics ahead of the new season.

Super Rugby preview: Strong Canes squad, but Perenara's absence the major test

New Hurricanes captain Ardie Savea, with older brother Julian who rejoins the side this year.

New skipper Ardie Savea leads a powerhouse lineup but jerseys 9 and 10 provide coach's biggest challenge.

Captain's challenge confusion lingers over Super Rugby Aotearoa video

Codie Taylor was incorrectly denied a captain’s challenge when the Crusaders played the Blues on Saturday.

Chiefs coach Clayton McMillan admits there still isn't unanimity with the new ruling after Codie Taylor was incorrectly denied a challenge last weekend.

'Owe this game everything': All Blacks stars fight back tears talking about the game video

Aaron Smith has fought back tears when talking about the impact rugby has had on his life.

Dane Coles and Aaron Smith get emotional on camera over Super Rugby.

'Not much change' for Weber after elevation to Chiefs co-captaincy video

Brad Weber and Sam Cane will co-captain the Chiefs in 2021.

The Chiefs halfback is familiar with leadership because he says he talks a fair bit anyway, but it also inspired his All Blacks recall in 2019.

Super Rugby Aotearoa preview: Can McMillan revive the Chiefs? video

Clayton McMillan leads the Chiefs in 2021.

OPINION: After slumping to a record losing streak under Warren Gatland, the Chiefs have turned to a promising coach unproven in Super Rugby.

All Blacks skipper Sam Cane to be joined by Brad Weber as co-captain of Chiefs video

Brad Weber will co-captain the Chiefs with Sam Cane in 2021.

The All Blacks halfback will take on the role in a bid to ease the workload of Sam Cane.

Back at fullback, matchwinning memories spur Jordie Barrett for Blues rematch video

Jordie Barrett of the Hurricanes warms up ahead of the Super Rugby Aotearoa pre-season match against the Highlanders.

His brother won't be there, but Hurricanes star recalls well the July night when he broke Blues' hearts.

Mehrtens recalls when 'Rob Penney could have killed me in a ruck' video

Former All Black and Stan rugby commentator Andrew Mehrtens speaks at the Super Rugby Australia season launch at ...

Former All Blacks first recalls being hit by 'blurry red and black thunderbolt' on a day when the Penz was mightier than the sward.

Captaincy caps O'Connor redemption: Thorn

James O'Connor kicks a goal in a big win over the Waratahs in his first Super Rugby game as Reds captain.

Queensland Reds coach Brad Thorn has lauded the efforts of interim captain James O'Connor to find his way back from the Australian rugby wilderness.

Super Rugby: Rugby Australia open to 'hub' for trans-Tasman comp video

Sean Wainui of the Chiefs celebrates a try against the Waratahs last year.

New CEO Andy Marinos says talks are ongoing with NZ Rugby and he has vowed to explore 'all options on the table'.

Ref apologises to Crusaders after captain’s challenge confusion

There was confusion about Codie Taylor’s captain challenge when the Crusaders faced the Blues in Cambridge.

Crusaders skipper Codie Taylor wanted to refer the Blues' winning try in their pre-season clash but the referee incorrectly denied him.

Super Rugby: Folau Fakatava's rise to take load off Aaron Smith video

Folau Fakatava direct the Highlanders' attack well in the second half against the Hurricanes.

Highlanders coach Tony Brown says Folau Fakatava 'is a different player this year' and will play a big role behind All Blacks No 9 Aaron Smith.

Super Rugby: Blow as Highlanders lose Fetuli Paea in win over Canes video

Jonathan Taumateine clears a pass for the Hurricanes against the Highlanders in their last pre-season hitout.

Returning flanker James Lentjes scores two tries as Highlanders win 35-12 but big No 13 hobbles off to give coach Tony Brown a headache.

Red card adds to Waratahs' woes video

Izaia Perese of the Waratahs could be suspended for a long period after he was red carded during his side’s 41-7 loss to ...

This wasn't the start New Zealander Rob Penney, now in charge of the Waratahs, wanted.