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


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


Reshuffle of Super Rugby franchise team sheets in 2019

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Time has expired for management teams to settle on their team sheets in 2020. Each Super Rugby franchise has officially submitted their squads for the 25th season of the Southern Hemisphere professional rugby competition. A big day for the stakeholders; New Zealand Rugby, the franchise administration, coaching staff and – front and center on the […] READ MORE


Chiefs door closes for Cooper; opens for Warren Gatland

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In a move that has shocked and delighted some Kiwi rugby fans, the Chiefs Super Rugby door has closed for current head coach Colin Cooper; but it appeared to open immediately for incoming replacement, current Wales head coach Warren Gatland. The former All Black and Waikato rugby player was announced as the incoming leader of […] READ MORE


Super Rugby 2019 Finals Series to be confirmed within 48 hours

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Within the next 48 hours, all the qualifiers for the Super Rugby 2019 Finals Series will be decided. Eight sides have chances to join the top-seeded teams, for the quarterfinals matches beginning on June 21. A real weekend of ‘tie-breaker’ fixtures, due to both the close nature of this year’s contest but, as much to […] READ MORE


Warren Gatland to lead the Lions for third time

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Warren Gatland has been appointed Head Coach for the British and Irish Lions Tour of South Africa in 2021. The New Zealander, who led Wales to the Six Nations Grand Slam in 2019, will reprise his role with the British and Irish Lions for a record-equalling third time in a row. Only Sir Ian McGeechan […] READ MORE


Winning Blues team ‘scramble well’ as others trip and stumble

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Coming off a victory over the Chiefs, head coach Leon MacDonald said of his winning Blues team that, they ‘scrambled well’ while other NZ sides suffered losses this Super Rugby round. In a strange sequence – one which few can ever recall it happening before – the Blues were the lone New Zealand franchise winner […] READ MORE


Tyler Ardron enjoying his Chiefs experience

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Even after a disappointing loss, when speaking to him, you can see and hear that Tyler Ardron is very much enjoying his Chiefs experience. The Canadian International has made New Zealand, and the Bay of Plenty Steamers/Chiefs Super Rugby franchise his new playing field. One where he can demonstrate the skills that have impressed his […] READ MORE


Round Six Super Rugby Snapshot

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In this┬áRound Six Super Rugby Snapshot, followers of the competition find that ‘you win some, and you lose some’. And for leading teams and those at the bottom of the table, results were at the two extremes this round. No matter if you are at the top, or down at the bottom of the ladder, […] READ MORE