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All Blacks covered for Cruden loss

The All Blacks will be grateful they learned a lesson last time with five-eighth Aaron Cruden set to miss their Rugby World Cup title defence. Cruden is to undergo a knee reconstruction after being diagnosed with a ruptured ACL suffered in the...

Beale admits contracts talks on his mind

Wallabies and NSW Waratahs centre Kurtley Beale concedes contract talks have been playing on his mind. Beale’s current deal expires this year and he said on Monday he aimed to reach a decision on his playing future before the end of the Super...

All Black Cruden ruled out of World Cup

All Blacks five-eighth Aaron Cruden will miss the Rugby World Cup after being diagnosed with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Cruden limped from the field midway through the first half of the Chiefs’ 26-9 Super Rugby win...

No fears of re-injury for Force’s Hodgson

Western Force skipper Matt Hodgson is confident his body will hold firm for the rest of the Super Rugby campaign, saying his pre-season hamstring injury was a one-in-a-million occurrence. Hodgson, who tore his right hamstring during a pre-season...

Aussie women’s 7s team struggle in Canada

Australia’s women’s sevens rugby team face a tricky finish to their quest for automatic qualification to the Rio Olympics following a dismal tournament in Canada. Australia came seventh at the inaugural Canada Sevens in Langford, British...

Chiefs can cope without Cruden: Ngatai

Charlie Ngatai is confident that the Chiefs can cope without star playmaker Aaron Cruden. The All Blacks five-eighth will definitely miss Friday night’s Super Rugby match against the Western Force in Hamilton and could yet be ruled out for up...

Reds can beat anyone

After leading the way to a drought-breaking win, James O’Connor believes the Queensland Reds can beat any team in Super Rugby on their day. Confidence is higher in the Reds camp as they head home from South Africa after a dramatic 18-17...

Force fumes over shabby rugby fixturing

Western Force coach Michael Foley has lashed out at SANZAR’s “farcical” Super Rugby fixturing, saying he’s mystified at his team’s poor treatment. The Force have been dealt one of the hardest draws in the competition...

Rebels emerge as Super Rugby finals hopes

The history-making Melbourne Rebels have blown the Australian conference wide open ahead of a blockbuster Super Rugby derby with the defending champion NSW Waratahs. The Rebels’ gritty 13-8 breakthrough triumph over the Brumbies in Canberra...

History may be repeating for NSW Waratahs

NSW captain Dave Dennis admits it’s impossible to ignore the comparisons to last year after the Waratahs wrestled back control of their Super Rugby title defence with a spirited bonus-point win over the Hurricanes. The thrilling 29-24 triumph...

Brumbies to give youngsters second chance

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham says he’ll give his new charges another week to prove themselves after a sloppy Super Rugby loss to Melbourne on Saturday night. Larkham was forced to make more than a dozen changes to his line-up for the clash...

Reds snap six-week losing streak

Queensland Reds have snapped a six-game Super Rugby losing streak with a stirring 18-17 victory over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. Capping off their two-week tour of South Africa in style, the Reds clawed back from 10-0 down to twice take the lead...