Super Rugby Finals Series Forecast

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This round of the 2017 Super Rugby finals series, away teams will know the pressure is on them. Knockout rugby is always a tough equation, but there is a reward if the highest placed teams suffer losses. While it does not require a sliderule and matrix anymore, in reality it still favours the top seeded team--the Emirates Lions. READ MORE


Julian Savea Public Judgement 101: In Modern Rugby, Who Judges Who

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Challenges Promote Julian Savea Public Judgment As Ioane moved from center to wing, he was growing as one of the great future prospects of the New Zealand rugby. With options like James Lowe and [in 2016] Johnny McNichol signing overseas contracts, the former Sevens player was heralded as an option. And his successes on the field, perked the interest of the national selectors - as much as Julian Savea public judgment. READ MORE


Super Rugby Franchises Prepare for British and Irish Lions Challenge

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In a way, it is a tough ask all around. But to the credit of the organizers and planners, the marketing blitz launched the tagline "Out Roar". For the supporters to out-roar the loud traveling support of the Lions team. Attracting a huge support-base, so to combat that fans of each franchise are asked to "be there". Not only that, the home fans need to raise their voices; to "be heard" but so too the home teams also need to 'put up their best'. READ MORE



Super Rugby Round Five Forecast

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Heading into this weekend, the bye rounds will slightly alter the standings until all teams have rested for one weekend [Round Nine] so apart from on-field performance, every match will impact on the mid-competition placing's. So, attention to detail in Super Rugby round five is crucial--how teams like the Crusaders and Stormers go now, will show benefits in a few weeks time. READ MORE


Super Rugby Round Two ‘Forecast’

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Fans learned several things from Round One. That teams can win away from home. That teams who focus on the defense will 'start as they mean to carry on' yet the Chiefs best defense only just held--the Highlanders lack of precision was as much to blame for their failure. So teams too, must adapt for Super Rugby Round Two. Take learnings from last week. READ MORE



The Return of Nehe Milner-Skudder

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Last Word On Sport was pleased to interview the All Black, while he was appearing as ACC Ambassador at the Bayleys National Sevens tournament. Taking time to speak about his health and fitness, Milner-Skudder is confident that he has put in the hard work to be fully fit by Round One of this years Super Rugby competition. Only just re-signed with New Zealand Rugby for three years, his commitment to the game and the fans, is evident from his time in Rotorua signing balls and taking photographs--even though he would no doubt, love to be out on the field already. READ MORE


Youth and Experience in NZ Super Rugby

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Last Word On Rugby, by Scott Hornell. 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. […] READ MORE


Retribution for Hurricanes in 2016 Final

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After defeat in the 2015 Super Rugby final, it was a case of ‘Retribution for Hurricanes’ supporters this year, as their team were finally crowned champions. Winning the final 20-3 in front of a packed Westpac Stadium crowd. The team withstood a Lions challenge to be victorious after 20 long seasons of trying. Hurricanes 20 […] READ MORE