Can the Reds and Chiefs finally get a win in Super Rugby? They have tough assignments in Round 5 while the Southern Derby looms large on Saturday. Full squad lists here.
Goodness gracious, Will Genia's still got it. After a poor finish to 2018, the Rebels halfback is seemingly back to his best. Meanwhile, are the All Blacks inching closer to a Ngani Laumape-Jack Goodhue midfield combination?
Beauden Barrett converted an after-the-hooter penalty to lift the Hurricanes over the Highlanders in Wellington.
It's been a while since Kurtley Beale has played fullback for either the Waratahs or Wallabies, but could it be the position he is best suited to? Meanwhile, the Highlanders are banking on "The New Brian Lima".
Round 4 kicks off in Wellington and continues with the undefeated Rebels and Crusaders hosting the next games, against the Brumbies and the Chiefs respectively, but the best might just be coming last with the Bulls hosting the Sharks at Loftus Versfeld.
Three big trans-Tasman clashes headline Round 3 of Super Rugby, including a double-header to get us started on Friday evening. Read on for all of this week's team lists.
Lock Scott Barrett and flyhalf Richie Mo'unga both scored a brace of tries for the Crusaders, who mauled the Hurricanes in Christchurch on Saturday.
Queensland performed above expectations last season amid some trying circumstances. But any good graces they enjoyed are now a thing of the past, Friday's match against the Highlanders must be the beginning of a new dawn.
In Super Rugby round two we see two trans-Tasman clashes as well as a New Zealand derby. Read for all of this week's team lists.
Round 1 of Super Rugby is in the books and there were already some interesting takeaways for each team and the big question mark hanging over their heads in 2019. We address the key execution, or personnel issues, here.
The Waratahs returned to their old mixed bag of tricks, producing some moments of brilliance alongside their usual set piece issues to fall 19-20 in the dying minutes of their season opener against the Hurricanes.
Will All Blacks' rest weeks derail the Crusaders' hopes of a Super Rugby three-peat? Is this the year the Blues get going? How much will the Chiefs miss Sam Cane? Your ultimate New Zealand conference preview is here.
New Zealand aren't exactly short on playing talent, which leaves the All Blacks selection panel with arguably the toughest job in rugby in 2019: selecting a 31-man squad. There are going to be some casualties, Craig Dowd writes.
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.
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?
There were tough decisions to make all over the park, but Craig Dowd has settled on his NZ Super Rugby team of the season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TJ Perenara's second try with less than 20 minutes remaining sparked an increase in intensity from the Hurricanes as they beat the Chiefs 32-31 in their Super Rugby quarter-final on Friday.
Former All Blacks centre Ma'a Nonu appears to be closing in on a return to Super Rugby, with the Chiefs and Blues emerging as the most likely destination.
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?
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.
The Chiefs have beaten the Hurricanes 28-24 but it wasn't enough to snatch hosting rights for a Super Rugby quarterfinal.
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- HURRI5thTRIES SCORED 1st Crusaders : 23 Tries ScoredCRUS1st1723
- HURRI4thPOINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Bulls : 63 Points DifferenceBULLS1st1863