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2dSam 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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3dSam 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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6dSam 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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9dSam 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.

17dSam 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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19dSam 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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Highlanders outlast Blues in Kiwi derby thriller

The Highlanders and Blues kicked off the New Zealand conference in breathtaking fashion in Dunedin, the hosts emerging victorious after an end-to-end, nine-try thriller.

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24dSam 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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25dSam 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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36dSam 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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36dESPN 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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Super Rugby returns to Fiji

The Highlanders will take on the Chiefs in a New Zealand Super Rugby derby in June in Fiji.

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136dESPN 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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Highlanders sign Rebels prop Lomax

The Highlanders have snared the signature of rising Melbourne Rebels prop Tyrel Lomax, although they'll have to wait more than a year for his services.

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Aaron Mauger takes over at Highlanders

Former All Blacks and Crusaders centre Aaron Mauger has signed a three-year deal to coach the Highlanders, replacing the Japan-bound Tony Brown at the Super Rugby side.

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Super Rugby Preview: Travel huge issue for Chiefs

We're down to the final four in Super Rugby with the semifinal action set down for Christchurch and Johannesburg this weekend. So who will advance to the big dance?

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Highlanders grounded ahead of finals clash

The Highlanders Super Rugby team is having difficulty getting to Christchurch for their quarter-final match against the Crusaders on Saturday.

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Fekitoa confirms 'difficult' Toulon switch

All Blacks centre Malakai Fekitoa says his decision to leave New Zealand Rugby for French giants Toulon was the most difficult of his life.

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Reds end season on low

A level above. That is how Reds coach Nick Stiles has described New Zealand rugby after the end of Queensland's Super Rugby season with a 40-17 thrashing by the Highlanders in Dunedin.

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248dESPN staff

Super Rugby Preview: Round 17

We look at the final round of the home-and-away season: Can the Crusaders finish the campaign undefeated?

2018 RankingsSuper Rugby

  • HLAND12th
    TRIES SCORED 1st Lions : 23 Tries Scored
  • HLAND5th
    POINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Melbourne Rebels : 69 Points Difference