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15dSam Bruce

Razor's timing as sharp as ever should Hansen walk

The first piece in the All Blacks coaching jumble has moved, making Steve Hansen's looming decision New Zealand rugby's hot topic at the start of southern hemisphere's offseason. Scott Robertson is ready to see where the cards fall.

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42dESPN staff

NZ teams unveil 2019 Super Rugby squads

New Zealand's five Super Rugby franchises each unveiled their 38-man squads for 2019 on Wednesday, with several promising rookies and some returning former stars among the lists.

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128dSam Bruce

Feel the love: A second Crusaders dynasty underway?

It didn't take long for Ronan O'Gara to realise he was a part of something special. Richie Mo'unga, meanwhile, says it's all down to the environment. Scott Robertson is the mastermind, and two Super Rugby titles might just be the beginning.

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129dJohn Goliath

Super Rugby final exposes SA rugby flaws

The Crusaders and the All Blacks haven't reinvented the rugby wheel. So why are South Africa's Super Rugby teams so far behind their New Zealand counterparts?

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130dAAP

Crusaders tame Lions for ninth Super crown

The Crusaders rumbled to a ninth Super Rugby crown in Christchurch on Saturday night, the defending champions running in four tries as they completed yet another marvellous season.

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132dSam Bruce and John Goliath

Super Rugby final: Crusaders a supreme rugby machine

A Super Rugby season full of controversy, debate, highs and lows comes to an end on Saturday night when the Crusaders and Lions face off in the decider for the second straight year. Are the Lions any hope?

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132dSam Bruce

The anatomy of the Crusaders' 20-year dominance

The Crusaders on Saturday run out to chase a ninth Super Rugby title in 20 years. It is an extraordinary run of success built on the ideas of few, but maintained by the culture of many, Reuben Thorne reveals to Sam Bruce.

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134dCraig Dowd

Craig Dowd's NZ Super Rugby team of 2018

There were tough decisions to make all over the park, but Craig Dowd has settled on his NZ Super Rugby team of the season.

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135dAAP

Broken arm robs Taufua of Super final

Crusaders flanker Jordan Taufua will miss next Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Lions after breaking his arm and could also be out of contention for the All Blacks.

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135dSam Bruce and John Goliath

Rebooted: Crusaders' pack best in Super history?

Crusaders pivot Richie Mo'unga capitalised on yet another unstoppable forward platform, making Beauden Barrett look second-rate in the process. Meanwhile in Johannesburg, the Waratahs ran out of gas against a free-running Lions.

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140dSam Bruce and John Goliath

Super Rugby semis: The history against Canes, Tahs

The odds are stacked against both the Waratahs and Hurricanes as they face Super Rugby semifinals away from home. The Crusaders are a perfect 20 from 20 in home finals games while NSW haven't won in Johannesburg since 2009.

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141dSam Bruce

Trans-Tasman trio chasing Roffy's Super record

Joe Roff remains one of Super Rugby's all-time greats, yet his 15-try record from 1997 may finally soon be broken with three players a chance of eclipsing the mark in this weekend's semifinals.

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143dSam Bruce and John Goliath

QFs Rebooted: Waratahs' 'big three' take charge

The Crusaders were the only team to coast into the Super Rugby semifinals at the weekend with the other three encounters all closely-fought affairs. The Waratahs looked gone at halftime in Sydney, before the "big three" burst into life.

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144dAAP

Crusaders thrash Sharks, into Super semis

The Crusaders have swatted aside a gritty challenge from the Sharks 40-10 to set up a mouth-watering Super Rugby semifinal against the Hurricanes.

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146dSam Bruce and John Goliath

Super Rugby quarters: Can Tahs, Canes turn it around?

The opening weekend of the Super Rugby playoffs presents three matches that appear to be extremely even contests, particularly those in Sydney and Wellington. Can the Waratahs and Hurricanes respond after last week?

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148dCraig Dowd

The king Crusader: Time we laud Sam Whitelock

The Crusaders are in the box seat to claim a ninth Super Rugby title and while their backline is doing most of the try-scoring damage, it's skipper Sam Whitelock and his irrepressible pack that lay the platform -- Craig Dowd writes.

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150dSam Bruce and John Goliath

R19 Rebooted: Waratahs are finals fraudsters

There was plenty on the line in the final regular season round yet two Australian teams were unable to perform when it mattered most. The Brumbies did, however, exposing the Waratahs for exactly what they are.

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156dSam Bruce and John Goliath

R18 Rebooted: Time for a foul-play report system?

Sunwolves winger Semesi Masirewa was given a red card for a lifting tackle on Bernard Foley. It was the correct decision to the letter of the law, but could it have been better served by a report system? Your Round 18 Super Rugby talking points are here.

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159dReuters

Crusaders crush Highlanders to secure top spot

Winger George Bridge scored two tries as the Canterbury Crusaders sealed the top spot in Super Rugby throughout the playoffs with a 45-22 victory over the Otago Highlanders.

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164dSam Bruce and John Goliath

R17 Rebooted: Chiefs deliver timely adrenalin shot

Super Rugby returned from a month-long hiatus only for the negative themes from the June Test series to immediately surface in the provincial competition. Thankfully 24 hours later, the Chiefs helped remind us just how good the game can be.

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191dBrittany Mitchell

R16 rebooted: Best Aussie derby in how long?

The Rebels may have ended Australia's 32-game winless streak in New Zealand, but it was the Waratahs, Reds derby that produced the highlights, meanwhile two All Blacks players have been left red-faced for off-field hijinks.

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197dESPN staff with AAP

Samu's Wallabies eligibility unknown despite Brumbies deal

The Brumbies have landed Crusaders back-rower Pete Samu for the 2019 Super Rugby season but it remains unclear whether the Melbourne-born Aussie will be available for the Wallabies in next month's three-Test series with Ireland.

2018 RankingsSuper Rugby

  • CRUS1st
    TRIES SCORED Crusaders tied in 1st with Lions
    LIONS1st
    1st 77 Tries
  • POINTS DIFFERENCE
    = 1st 247 points