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Crusader Crockett approaches milestone

Rangy loosehead prop Wyatt Crockett will become the Crusaders’ most-capped player when he packs down against the NSW Waratahs in their Super Rugby clash in Sydney on Saturday. Crockett, who debuted against the Highlanders in 2006, will make...

Broadhurst not distracted by Test whispers

Providing the grunt for a charge to the Super Rugby playoffs has priority over any All Blacks ambitions for Hurricanes lock James Broadhurst. The rangy Taranaki forward has been an influential part of the Hurricanes’ improved efforts up front,...

Crawford to make Rebels debut vs Stormers

Former Waratahs winger Cam Crawford will make his Melbourne Rebels debut in their must-win Super Rugby clash with the Stormers in Cape Town. The Rebels must win in South Africa for the first time to have any chance of keeping an unlikely push to the...

Waratah Hooper a great challenge for McCaw

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder says his legendary openside flanker Richie McCaw faces a great challenge against NSW Waratahs counterpart Michael Hooper in Saturday’s high-stakes Super Rugby match. Seven-time Super champions the Crusaders...

Honey Badger hungry for Wallaby reward

Western Force winger Nick Cummins admits he needs more of the “seed” if he is to lock down a World Cup berth, and he knows time is of the essence. Cummins has been starved of ball-running opportunities this season, with the cult hero...

Nonu called best player in Super Rugby

Birthday boy Ma’a Nonu has been described as a player without peer in Super Rugby this year. Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd couldn’t speak highly enough of the blockbusting All Black, whose form for the Super Rugby leaders has been close to...

Blues target third big Super Rugby scalp

A notable hat-trick beckons for Super Rugby strugglers the Blues when they face the high-flying Hurricanes in Auckland. Coach John Kirwan’s men have just three wins from their 13 matches, but two were over the Brumbies and the Bulls. Victory...

Reds look to back up big Rebels win

Bouncing back with a win after your character has been publicly questioned is easy. Maintaining that same level of performance the week after, when there’s no pride to scrap for? That’s a whole different ball game, as the Queensland Reds...

Thrush to lead changed Super Hurricanes

Jeremy Thrush will captain a Hurricanes team featuring five changes to face the Blues in Saturday’s Super Rugby clash at Eden Park. With All Blacks centre Conrad Smith being rested for the game in Auckland, Thrush takes the reins for the...

Hooker Parsons handed Blues captaincy

Hooker James Parsons will lead the Blues against the Hurricanes after becoming the Super Rugby franchise’s third captain this season. One-Test All Black Parsons inherits the skipper’s armband for Saturday’s game in Auckland from...

Ashley-Cooper set for last Crusade

It may be the last time Adam Ashley-Cooper ever plays the Crusaders, and the departing Waratahs centre hopes Saturday’s grand final rematch will be one of their best encounters. As the regular Super Rugby season approaches its final rounds,...

Leitch learns with every game

It’s been over two months since Japan captain Michael Leitch made his Super Rugby debut for the Chiefs, but the New Zealand-born loose forward says he’s still learning with every game. Some lessons are a little harsher than others. In...