Super Rugby

Barrett sinks hole-in-one

Hurricanes first five-eighth Beauden Barrett celebrates acing a hole during some downtime ahead of the Super Rugby ...

Bounce of the ball again goes the way of a Barrett as Beauden finds the right club in Jo'burg.

Cruden not done yet video

Chiefs first-five Aaron Cruden is off to France to play for Montpellier.

Chiefs No 10 not thinking about his $3.6m French club deal in the twilight of his Super career.

Canes' defence to be stretched

John Plumtree says the Hurricanes are preparing for the Lions to persist with an up-tempo approach.

Lions' expansive play expected to test the defending champs, assistant coach John Plumtree says.

Chiefs' short lock stands tall

Mitchell Brown (right, foreground) is one of the shorter locks in Super Rugby, certainly not as tall as team-mates ...

He's not the tallest man at lock, but Mitchell Brown has muscled his way into the Chiefs' starting pack.

Chiefs confident in travel plan

Aaron Cruden and his Chiefs side have got very used to the sight of buses and planes lately and are determined to ...

Needing to combat a hectic schedule, the Chiefs have gone right down to the nitty-gritty details.

Highlanders wrong to bag ref video

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OPINION: Angus Gardner showed his strength in giving Liam Squire his well-deserved yellow card, writes Paul Cully.

Lions' focus on fun pays off

Johan Ackermann is leaving the Lions to coach in England once this season is finished.

Super Rugby semifinalists have played to score tries rather than win games, departing coach says

ARU key figure resigns

Resigned: ARU's chief financial officer Todd Day has stood down from his position.

Australian rugby's chief financial officer is moving on amid the turmoil of the Super Rugby cuts.

The falcon's place in rugby video

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Hurricanes' headed try assist touted as the "natural successor" to the cross-field kick-pass.

Coles poised to start in semi

Last week's cameo against the Brumbies should result in a start in the Hurricanes' semifinal in Johannesburg for Dane Coles.

Dane Coles' classy cameo against the Brumbies should be enough to get him a green light in Johannesburg.

No neutral refs defies belief

South African referee Jaco Peyper will control the Lions v Hurricanes semifinal, having taken the whistle for the first ...

OPINION: Surely the Super Rugby playoffs should be refereed by neutrals.

Chiefs racking up air points video

Brodie Retallick and the Chiefs could travel more than 40,000km if they have to go to Johannesburg for a potential Super ...

Chiefs could cover more than 40,000km in the air during Super Rugby playoffs if they make the final.

Barrett's season needs kick-start

Beauden Barrett has found his second season as Dan Carter's successor a bit tougher than his first.

OPINION: When is the real Beauden Barrett going to show up in 2017, asks Marc Hinton.

Mo'unga wary of playoff shanks

Crusaders first-five eighth Richie Mo'unga missed three penalties against the Highlanders last weekend.

It didn't cost them against the Highlanders, but Richie Mo'unga knows missed kicks could end the Crusaders' season.

Stransky's got a horrible feeling

Joel Stransky has a "horrible feeling" the Lions will be beaten by the Hurricanes in this weekend's Super Rugby semifinals.

Not playing a NZ team yet in 2017 will cost the Lions against the Hurricanes, Springboks great says.

Jackson to ref Crusaders

Referee Glen Jackson awards a try to Julian Savea during the Crusaders' 31-22 loss to the Hurricanes in Wellington on ...

Glen Jackson is not exactly a favourite of Crusaders fans. Now he will control the Super Rugby semi against the Chiefs.

Chiefs up against history

Liam Messam and the Chiefs are up against history as they try to stay alive in Super Rugby.

No team has travelled from South Africa to New Zealand, then won a playoff match since 1998.

Highlanders need home advantage

Departing Highlander Malakai Fekitoa.

Playing on the road finished them off this year, so chasing home playoff games is a priority.

Decision to play defended

Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach (right) said playing the Super Rugby quarterfinal match at AMI Stadium last Saturday night ...

Talk that Super Rugby quarterfinal between Crusaders and Highlanders should have been postponed dismissed by Crusaders boss.

High shot hum bugs

Referee Angus Gardner shows a yellow card to Highlanders loose forward Liam Squire in Christchurch on Saturday.

When is a yellow not a yellow? Here are some of the big calls which have created a stir this year.

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