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


Sam Cane concussed, luckless Chiefs lose yet again

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In a match that saw Sam Cane concussed, the result was the same as it has been all season, where the luckless Chiefs lose yet again to the Hurricanes. The nominated All Blacks captain was brought down in a collision with a leaping Jordie Barrett. Contact with the taller players hip caused Sam Cane to […] 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


Delighted Blues Super Rugby fans back in winning mood

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Nearly 35,000 turned out on Sunday afternoon, as delighted Blues Super Rugby fans were back in the winning mood they have grown [a little] used to. The 21-17 victory was tough on the field; the Chiefs may have suffered a series of losses but, they pushed the home side right to the final whistle. And […] READ MORE


Blistering pace and power of Ngani Laumape

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With his blistering pace and sheer power-play, Ngani Laumape reminded rugby observers and his naysayers of his game-breaking quality, as the Hurricanes defeated the Blues. In Round Six of Super Rugby Aotearoa, the clash in Wellington saw the ‘Canes overtake the Blues place on the ladder; as the Crusaders enjoyed their second bye round. In […] 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


NZ Rugby trial match format confirmed, and unofficial Players Poll

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For over a week now, the New Zealand Rugby trial match format and the North v South eligibility criteria have been hotly discussed subject. Ian Foster, head coach elect, has been promoting and arbitrating for the ‘pseudo All Blacks trial match’. In a note to the past, the North v South Island trial has been […] READ MORE


The southern hemisphere: COVID’s impact on rugby union

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The world is going through a tough time right now, which includes the rugby union community. However, it is not just a human toll, but an economic toll. This includes southern hemisphere countries with both Super Rugby and PRO14 teams. COVID’s impact on the southern hemisphere Africa South Africa According to RugbyPass, South Africa Rugby […] READ MORE


Warren Gatland can’t buy a Chiefs Super Rugby win post-Covid19

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The frustration was clear to see, with Warren Gatland experiencing a lean spell of wins with his Chiefs Super Rugby franchise. After gaining four wins in the pre-Covid19 regular season, since the new Super Rugby Aotearoa competition resumed his side can hardly buy a win. Three losses from three matches and the close results are […] READ MORE


Unheralded success for Blues Super Rugby team in ‘jolted’ season

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Not only winning their two opening matches but, at the return of professional rugby there has been unheralded success for the Blues Super Rugby franchise in what is an incredibly ‘jolted’ season. With the Coronavirus pandemic ending the regular Super Rugby season just as the Blues Super Rugby team had won four matches and were […] READ MORE