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3dSam Bruce

NZ derby 'pressure' moments keep Kiwi teams clear

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.

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4dSam Bruce and John Goliath

W2W4: The Zoo will be rocking, so too the rugby

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.

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7dSam Bruce and John Goliath

No.8 battle offers Cheika frustration, hope

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.

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10dSam Bruce and John Goliath

W2W4: Tongan Thor tracking towards RWC

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.

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14dSam Bruce and John Goliath

Super Rugby Rebooted: Crusaders slow starters no more

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.

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Richie Mo'unga helps Crusaders see off Stormers

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.

18dSam Bruce and John Goliath

W2W4: Is Leali'ifano Cheika's answer as backup 10?

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?

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19dESPN Staff

Crockett retires from international rugby

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.

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20dSam Bruce and John Goliath

Forget ruck laws, high tackles still lacking consistency

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.

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Late penalty try seals Crusaders' win

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.

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25dSam Bruce and John Goliath

Super Rugby W2W4: Genia to suit up against Reds

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.

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26dSam Bruce

Super Rugby: NZ conference preview

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?

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37dSam Bruce

Super Rugby NZ scouting report

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.

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37dESPN Staff

Hansen: New Zealand coffers not bottomless

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.

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52dNick Bewley

O'Gara: 6N title race between Ireland, England

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.

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116dESPN Staff

O'Gara to leave Racing 92 for Crusaders

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.

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137dESPN Staff

2018 Super Rugby squads: New Zealand

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.

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Havili set for All Blacks debut

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

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Israel Dagg sidelined by knee issue

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.

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221dCraig Dowd

Kiwi coaches prove success can come quickly - Dowd

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.

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Hundreds welcome home champion Crusaders

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.

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224dGreg Growden

Robertson's effort 'among best in 22 years'

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.

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226dESPN Staff

All Blacks' Taylor extends contract through 2021

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.

2018 RankingsSuper Rugby

  • CRUS2nd
    TRIES SCORED 1st Lions : 29 Tries Scored
  • CRUS5th
    POINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Melbourne Rebels : 69 Points Difference