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Nadolo hunting repeat win over Cheetahs

Hulking Crusaders left winger Nemani Nadolo is hoping history repeats itself when his team confront the Cheetahs in their sixth round Super Rugby match in Christchurch on Saturday. Less than a year ago, in only his second start for the Crusaders,...

Pocock named on Brumbies’ bench

The long-awaited David Pocock v Michael Hooper battle is on, although it will have to wait until the Brumbies star is eased into the Super Rugby blockbuster from the bench. The Brumbies will take to Allianz Stadium against the Waratahs this Sunday...

Treeby relishes midfield challenge

Highlander Shaun Treeby is not daunted by the challenge of marking the Hurricanes’ world-class midfield combination in the crucial Super Rugby match in Dunedin on Friday. Treeby is the only non-all Black as he and Malakai Fekitoa go up against...

Highlanders lethal with no ball: Perenara

The Highlanders are among Super Rugby’s most effective scavengers, prompting Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara to demand no turnover rubbish from his team on Friday. The all-New Zealand clash in Dunedin is a meeting of two form sides. The...

Brumbies not out to prove point to Cheik

Brumbies prop Ben Alexander says no one in his side will be going out to prove a point to Wallabies coach Michael Cheika when they take on the Waratahs this weekend. Australia’s two best Super Rugby sides will meet at Allianz Stadium on Sunday...

Rebels treat Lions like Super bogey side

Melbourne coach Tony McGahan says the Rebels will approach their clash with the Lions like they’re facing their Super Rugby bogey side. After some impressive performances to open the season, including last round’s gritty 21-17 win over...

Force keen to shed slow tag in rugby

They say talk is cheap, and don’t the Western Force know it. The Force started their Super Rugby season in a blaze of glory with victory over the Waratahs in Sydney. But four straight losses have left them near the foot of the table heading...

Alexander’s tries prove costly at his pub

For three long minutes at 9pm on a busy Saturday night, Ben Alexander’s popular pub in Canberra didn’t make a sale. The Brumbies Super Rugby prop has promised a free beer to each patron for every try he and co-owner Scott Fardy score...

Injuries plague Highlanders buildup

Injuries are plaguing the Highlanders as they prepare for their Super Rugby showdown against the unbeaten Hurricanes. They will be without their three most highly-rated props and their only two specialist openside flankers for Friday night’s...

Waratahs vow to fix defence

The NSW Waratahs have vowed to fix a leaky defence which faces a mighty test from Super Rugby’s table-topping Brumbies on Sunday. The Waratahs’ drought-breaking championship last year was built on the back of the competition’s...

Japanese import impresses Waratahs

Kotara Matsushima is no “exchange student” and will be treated like every other contracted player at the NSW Waratahs. The South African-born Japanese international arrived at the Super Rugby champions this week, having impressed coach...

New midfield combo likely for Chiefs

Injuries to Sonny Bill Williams and Tim Nanai-Williams mean the Chiefs are likely to field a new-look midfield combination against the Sharks this weekend. Williams is struggling with concussion. The inside centre clashed heads with Stormers prop...