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11dESPN staff

All Blacks skipper Cane set for long injury layoff

The All Blacks could be without skipper Sam Cane for at least the first half of the Test season with the loose forward set to undergo surgery on a pectoral injury.

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Highlanders drop six for 'team code' breach

The Highlanders have dropped six players, including All Black Josh Ioane, for Saturday's crunch Super Rugby Aotearoa match against the Crusaders after they breached the team "code", coach Tony Brown said on Wednesday.

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12dLiam Napier

How in the hell do you beat the Crusaders?

They've won four straight Super Rugby titles, have one of the most talented coaches on the planet and are already 4-0 this season. So how on earth do you beat the Crusaders? Legendary New Zealand coach Wayne Smith offers up a few ideas to Liam Napier.

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NZR still pursuing private equity despite All Blacks' concerns

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) will continue to have dialogue with players opposed to private equity investment in the All Blacks to build support for the sale of a minority stake to U.S. firm Silver Lake, NZR Chief Executive Mark Robinson said on Tuesday.

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WR to help Pacific Island teams join SR in 2022

World Rugby (WR) is set to spend 1.2 million pounds ($1.65 million) annually over three years on two Pacific Island teams to help them join Super Rugby in 2022, the sport's governing body said on Wednesday.

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19dBrittany Mitchell

Marinos stakes claim for Aussie Rugby Champ hub

Rugby Australia CEO Andy Marinos has thrown Australia's hat in the ring to host the Rugby Championship hub in 2021 following the success of last year's Tri-Nations series between Australia, New Zealand and Argentina.

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Thorn says Kiwi clashes 'have to happen'

Brad Thorn says the Queensland Reds are willing to become the Queenstown Reds to ensure they play New Zealand sides later this year.

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Mo'unga magic helps Crusaders past Blues in Auckland

Flyhalf Richie Mo'unga scored 28 points in an outstanding individual display to drive the Crusaders to a 43-27 win over the Blues in a Super Rugby Aotearoa clash of test match intensity on Sunday.

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Nareki show fires Highlanders to win over Chiefs

Winger Jona Nareki scored a hat-trick of tries and created another in a brilliant display as the Highlanders rallied to a 39-23 victory over the Chiefs in Super Rugby Aotearoa in Hamilton on Friday.

39dESPN staff

ESPN Scrum Reset Podcast: How deep do the Waratahs' woes run?

The second episode of ESPN Scrum Reset is in, and you won't want to miss it! Sam Bruce and Christy Doran are joined by Liam Napier from New Zealand, discussing Super Rugby AU & Aotearoa, the Waratahs' woes and trans-Tasman relations. Listen now!

26dESPN staff

ESPN Scrum Reset Podcast Is Super Rugby AU the Reds to lose?

The third episode of ESPN Scrum Reset is in! This week Sam Bruce, Christy Doran and Jim Tucker review the Brumbies-Reds thriller, look at the growth of James O'Connor as captain, debate some Wallabies selections and update the latest rugby news.

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Hooper backs Japan, but worries over more Tests

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper would love to see Japan play more international Tests, but says rugby's various governing bodies need to be careful not to burn out players in the process.

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Crusaders hope for fans with gameday switch

The Round 2 Super Rugby Aotearoa match between the Crusaders and the Hurricanes has been moved from Saturday to Sunday in the hope that coronavirus restrictions will be lifted to allow a crowd at Christchurch Stadium.

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46dSam Bruce

Rugby AU confident of UK TV deal after NZR move

Rugby Australia remains confident of striking a deal to screen Super Rugby AU into the United Kingdom and Ireland, after New Zealand Rugby confirmed Super Rugby Aotearoa would be shown into those markets via RugbyPass.

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45dSam Bruce

UFC, NZ Rugby at odds over silver fern request

The UFC is at odds with New Zealand Rugby over a request to remove the silver fern logo from the uniforms worn by fighters from City Kickboxing, including middlweight champion Israel Adesanya.

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47dLiam Napier

Super Rugby Aotearoa: Can anyone end the Crusaders' dynasty?

Chasing an incredible fifth straight title, the Crusaders again start favourites for Super Rugby Aotearoa. The competition didn't disappoint last year and, further COVID breakouts aside, it again promises to be something special -- Liam Napier reports.

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All Blacks great Carter retires from pro rugby

Dan Carter played his last test for New Zealand in 2015 when he produced a man-of-the-match display to help the All Blacks to victory over Australia in the World Cup final.

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61dESPN Staff

Super Rugby Aotearoa introduce captain's call

Super Rugby Aoteroa have introduced two new law variations, including captain's call and goal line drop-outs, for the 2021 season kicking off in just over two weeks.


UAR chief Rodriguez appointed SANZAAR chairman, Morris CEO

Argentina Rugby Union (UAR) President Marcelo Rodriguez has been appointed SANZAAR chairman for the next 12 months to replace Brent Impey, the southern hemisphere body said on Friday following its first Executive Committee meeting of 2021.

2019 RankingsRugby Championship

  • NZL3rd
    Tries Scored 1st South Africa : 11 Tries Scored
  • NZL3rd
    Points Difference 1st South Africa : 51 Points Difference