The Crusaders are a wounded franchise for the second year running but fullback David Havili believes the physical nature of derbies provides the pressure test teams need to be Super Rugby contenders.
One of Super Rugby's fiercest rivalries highlights Round 5 as the Highlanders and Crusaders prepare to write another chapter in the South Island show-stopper. Meanwhile, Daryl Gibson is all anyone wants to talk about in Sydney.
Friday's Australian derby produced a quality battle between two impressive No. 8s but the result is nothing more than short-term agony for Michael Cheika. The Blues and South African youngsters also wrote themselves into the Round 4 headlines.
The Hurricanes have enhanced their reputation as the Crusaders' Super Rugby bogey team with a 29-19 win in Wellington.
Super Rugby Round 4 is headlined by the huge Kiwi derby between competitions favourites the Hurricanes and Crusaders. Meanwhile in Brisbane, Taniel Tupou's World Cup credentials get another test against the Bulls.
The Crusaders have won five more Super Rugby titles than any other franchise. But across the 21-year history of the competition, they have always taken some time to find their feet -- until this year.
Richie Mo'unga has served notice he's ready for another big year, with his Crusaders pushing aside the Stormers 45-28 in a free-flowing Super Rugby match in Christchurch.
Super Rugby Round 3 begins with derbies across New Zealand and Australia, the second of which offers the first glimpse of veteran Christian Leali'ifano on home soil. Are the Wallabies' woes at No.10 about to ease?
All Blacks and Crusaders prop Wyatt Crockett has announced his retirement from international rugby and Super Rugby with 2018 to be his final season with the Crusaders.
Super Rugby Round 2 got off to a flyer with the Blues and Highlanders providing the standout game of the weekend, while the high tackle law has us questioning whether they'll will be refereed consistently. These are the stories of Round 2.
A last-gasp Ned Hanigan try has secured the NSW Waratahs a dramatic 34-27 opening-round Super Rugby win over the Stormers at Allianz Stadium.
The Crusaders have kick-started their Super Rugby title defence with a gritty 45-23 win over the Chiefs in Christchurch, a controversial penalty try late in the second half proving key in the season-opening victory.
The Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby teams take the field for the first time after the competition kicked off last week. We tell you what to watch for in Round 2.
Super Rugby us is up an running for 2018 with play commencing in the South African conference over the weekend. The New Zealand franchises begin their seasons from Friday, so what can we expect?
New Zealand rugby fans will expect their sides once again to dominate Super Rugby, and Sam Bruce assesses the squads of the Blues, Chiefs, Crusaders, Highlanders and Hurricanes.
All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has insisted that New Zealand Rugby's finances are not limitless when it comes to keeping their best homegrown players playing Super Rugby.
Former Ireland international Ronan O'Gara believes this year's Six Nations will be a two-horse race between title holders England and his in-form countrymen.
Racing 92 have confirmed that Ronan O'Gara will leave his coaching role at the club to join Super Rugby outfit Crusaders at the start of next year.
New Zealand's five Super Rugby franchises have each unveiled their squads ahead of the 2018 season, when the competition will revert to a three-conference, 15-team structure.
Versatile Crusaders back David Havili will make his All Blacks debut from the bench in this weekend's Rugby Championship match against Argentina in Buenos Aires
Israel Dagg is set to join the All Blacks' burgeoning casualty ward, with coach Steve Hansen confirming on Thursday that the stalwart winger needs time away from the game.
It used to be that coaches would come in talking of a three-year plan for success. But New Zealand's modern breed of rugby mentor have shown that if the wider team and environment is right, silverware can come much sooner -- Craig Dowd writes.
The Crusaders have been welcomed home by hundreds of fans at Christchurch Airport late at night after beating the Lions 25-17 to become Super Rugby champions.
The Crusaders' triumph over the Lions in the Super Rugby final at Ellis Park is one of the few things that did go right this season in a competition that has lost its way and is in dire need of a dramatic shakeup.
All Blacks and Crusaders hooker Codie Taylor has become the first All Black to sign a long-term contract with New Zealand Rugby, extending his contract through to 2021.
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- CRUS2ndTRIES SCORED 1st Lions : 29 Tries ScoredLIONS1st1929
- CRUS5thPOINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Melbourne Rebels : 69 Points DifferenceREBEL1st2169