Crusaders Fans Grateful for Comeback Qualities

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“They nailed it” has been the answer, when people have asked Crusaders fans how their team have managed to win the last three weeks. Especially in Dunedin and in Brisbane, the last-minute victories tasting sweet in Canterbury. It leaves the Crusaders fans grateful (obviously) but what is at the heart of their issues? How can their […] READ MORE


Murphy Taramai: Looking to Learn Off Blues Leaders

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This 2017 Blues rugby squad has an established core group of leaders. Men who have been involved with the franchise for many years. Men like Jerome Kaino and Charlie Faumuina, who are keen to imbed their knowledge and experiences onto the new men of today’s side – and this includes Murphy Taramai. The ex-Wellington Lions […] READ MORE


Blues v Highlanders Derby Match a Scrappy Affair

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So both sides will leave the Park with challenges ahead. That is the beauty, and the difficulty of the NZ local derby games like the Blues v Highlanders. When teams have a tough start to the competition [like the Highlanders] they just have to quickly turnaround, stand tall and look forward to the next challenge. READ MORE


Chiefs Breeze Past Blues to Gain Super Rugby Momentum

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The Chiefs won the “Battle of the Bombays” with a dominant 41-26 victory over a terribly average Blues side. In a six try to three thumping; it was all one way traffic in Hamilton, much to the delight of the over 17,000 home fans. Despite the Blues having a star-studded bench, it was all too […] READ MORE




More Super Rugby Pacifica Fixtures in 2017

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And with Super Rugby set to review it's current format, success in these matches is evidence needed to show the strength of the region. As an option, but not yet in position to support any ambitious developments, it might be the start of a measured path to further increases in matches and participation through Fiji Rugby, Samoa Rugby and [possibly] other nations and venues; including Singapore. READ MORE


Youth and Experience in NZ Super Rugby

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The Investec Super Rugby season 2017 begins in February, and each of the five NZ Super Rugby franchises have announced their squads. A total of 190 contracted players have been announced across the Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders Super Rugby squads–with 33 players to make their debut. New Zealand Rugby (NZR) General Manager of Rugby Neil […] READ MORE


2017 Blues Super Rugby Coaching Group Complete

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Since the end of the 2016 season, the Blues Super Rugby franchise has been canvassing for new staff. In an effort to turn successive years of disappointment around, current head coach Tana Umaga this week confirmed his final appointment that makes the Blues Super Rugby Coaching Group Complete. Two recent appointments have been confirmed by head coach Tana Umaga […] READ MORE