Covid-19 recurrence spoils Blues v Crusaders finale

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Even as the New Zealand Government was making the official announcement, NZ Rugby was poised to react. News that a Covid-19 recurrence in the Queen City is now set to spoil an enthralling Blues v Crusaders finale. The last game of the scheduled Super Rugby Aotearoa season; more often a grand final in other regular […] READ MORE


Could it be; Crusaders seal title against Highlanders at home?

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Lining up a penultimate season game at home, the Crusaders have a chance to secure another title when they play the match of the weekend in Super Rugby Aotearoa. A possible result that would see the Crusaders seal title number four-in-a-row. Wow. Could it happen….. although, if the Highlanders could ever put the proverbial ‘spanner […] READ MORE


Winning Mentality: Kiwi rugby’s Mental Edge

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With twenty-five minutes on the clock in the highest-profile game of rugby in months, the Crusaders went down six points. Rieko Ioane had just demonstrated his trademark finishing ability, by carrying two Crusaders with him as he muscled his way over the tryline for the Blues. Ioane’s try had handed his team the ascendancy, (with […] READ MORE


Richie Mo’unga answers call in local derby victory

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When he was needed most, Richie Mo’unga answered the call of his Crusaders team, to direct them towards a win in a local derby victory over the Blues. The All Blacks and Crusaders first-five was again at his prominent best, in driving his side for the entire 80 minutes. And that fact will be where […] READ MORE


Super Rugby Aotearoa on verge of Level 2 return date

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On the verge of returning to action, the Super Rugby Aotearoa intra-conference planned competition is awaiting the Level 2 go-ahead next week. Awaiting the chance to open the gates, that have stood closed for over seven weeks and counting. In fact, all of New Zealand is waiting with bated breath to hear the date when […] READ MORE


Round 6 matches rescheduled, with no unbeaten Super Rugby teams

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Getting to one-third of the way through the season, the one fact that is unquestionable is – there are no unbeaten Super Rugby teams left. Hardly a ‘season changer’ but, many of the leading teams would not have envisaged such parity; to start with. There are always factors that can influence losses. Injuries, weather conditions, […] READ MORE


Salute to Winning Stormers Rugby 2020 season, as Chiefs stumble

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In a salute to the winning Stormers Rugby 2020 season results to date, the only unbeaten side in Super Rugby has established a near-perfect campaign and deserves a ‘pat on the back’.. Defeating the leading South African conference side of 2019, their 17-7 win over the Jaguares at home is the confidence boost the local […] READ MORE


Super Rugby Round 2 ‘kicks on’ from positive start

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It began last weekend. It included a ‘weather bomb’ when the Stormers fought it out with the Hurricanes. Now the competition looks to kick on with Super Rugby Round 2, and more world-class fixtures. Seven clashes will make up this second weekend of games. Some mouth-watering local derby games – including the match-of-the-round, Chiefs v […] READ MORE


Last Word on Rugby Team of the Decade

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As the end of the decade approaches it is a prime moment to look back and reflect on a scintillating 10 years of rugby. Years of quality football from both hemispheres, where a singular Team of the Decade conversation is a recognition of the sport, and of the game. Our senior writers and management have […] READ MORE


All Blacks coaching team complete; including Brad Mooar

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And with that signature, the All Blacks coaching team is completed. With Brad Mooar finding a release from his Guinness PRO14 club Scarlets. The signature has filled the Ian Foster-led coaching group, which will assume the controls of the former World Champions. ‘Former’ after their Rugby World Cup campaign resulted in a third place, and […] READ MORE