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Chiefs ring the changes for Rebels match

Eight changes have been made to the Chiefs starting line-up for their Super Rugby match against the Melbourne Rebels in Hamilton on Saturday. Prop Jamie Mackintosh, lock Michael Fitzgerald and flanker Tanerau Latimer return to the forwards, while...

Hammett looking overseas after Hurricanes

Hurricanes management hope to announce a successor to coach Mark Hammett by June following his decision to quit the Super Rugby franchise at season’s end to pursue an overseas contract. Hammett won’t reapply for the role at the end of...

Tahs coach Cheika faces judiciary hearing

NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika faces a judiciary hearing over his alleged sideline confrontation with a television cameraman in South Africa. Super Rugby’s governing body SANZAR says it has completed an investigation into the incident...

Pub glassy to take on Wallabies locks

The Brumbies will throw a teenage part-time pub glassy up against two Wallabies locks when they take on the Queensland Reds in Brisbane on Friday. Brumbies second-rower Tom Staniforth, 19, will face Australia’s best Super Rugby lock pair James...

Hammett standing down as Hurricanes coach

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett is standing down at the end of the 2014 Super Rugby season. The Hurricanes and New Zealand Rugby said Hammett would not seek reappointment after four seasons at the helm. Hammett said he and the Hurricanes had chosen to...

Scottish boss defends under-fire Johnson

Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Mark Dodson has denied claims Scott Johnson was rewarded for failure following the national side’s miserable 2014 Six Nations campaign. Australian coach Johnson was in charge of Scotland as they came within...

Anzac rivals would join forces, Quade

It’s a long-shot in a World Cup year but Quade Cooper says rugby’s biggest stars would be drawn to playing an Anzacs clash to commemorate the Gallipoli conflict. Moves have started on both sides of the Tasman to celebrate the 100-year...

Anscombe ready to step up for Chiefs

It has taken an injury to five-eighth Aaron Cruden for Gareth Anscombe to get his shot in the Chiefs No.10 jersey and the 22-year-old is determined to make the most of it. Cruden has played the past 42 games at five-eighth for the Chiefs since...

Reds add punch for Brumbies clash

Queensland have recalled tough-tackling centre Anthony Fainga’a and young gun Chris Feauai-Sautia to their injury-hit backline for Friday’s Super Rugby clash with the Brumbies. Fainga’a gets his first start of the year with inside...

No word on Cheika’s alleged sideline brush

Michael Cheika says he is still awaiting the outcome of a SANZAR investigation after a complaint was made against the NSW Waratahs coach following an apparent sideline incident in Durban. South African broadcaster Super Sport has alleged that Cheika...

Reds lose Turner for five weeks

The Queensland Reds are reeling after announcing Lachie Turner will be sidelined for five weeks due to ankle surgery. The Reds back missed last round’s loss to the Western Force but the 11th-placed Queenslanders had been hopeful he would be...

Force hope wins will boost bottom line

The Force are finally flying on the field, and chief executive Mark Sinderberry is confident it won’t be long until the franchise’s off-field fortunes follow suit. The Force were one of the favourites to finish last this season, but a...