Chasing an incredible fifth straight title, the Crusaders again start favourites for Super Rugby Aotearoa. The competition didn't disappoint last year and, further COVID breakouts aside, it again promises to be something special -- Liam Napier reports.
Super Rugby Aoteroa have introduced two new law variations, including captain's call and goal line drop-outs, for the 2021 season kicking off in just over two weeks.
Crusaders supercoach Scott Robertson is closing in on a role with the British & Irish Lions, as talks continue with New Zealand Rugby on a contract extension that will keep him in the mix to be the next All Blacks coach.
A "Super Round" highlights the creation of a crossover trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition for 2021, with one lucky city set to host five games on the one weekend in a similar concept to the NRL's Magic Round of 2019.
Highlanders will welcome defending champions Crusaders in the opening round of Super Rugby Aotearoa on Feb. 26 after New Zealand Rugby (NZR) announced the schedule for the second edition of the domestic competition on Tuesday.
New Zealand outside back Braydon Ennor has been ruled out for up to nine months after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee during Saturday's North v South inter-island match in Wellington.
Winger Will Jordan scored his second try of the game five minutes into extra time to give the South a 38-35 victory over the North in New Zealand's first inter-island match since 2012 on Saturday.
The 23-man squads for New Zealand's first North vs. South match in eight years are in and there are key match-ups right across the paddock.
Super Rugby Aotearoa returns to action this weekend, while Super Rugby AU is a week ahead and preparing for Round 2. Follow all the latest team news, match odds and verdicts here.
Crusaders coach Scott Robertson said he has asked about joining the coaching staff of fellow New Zealander Warren Gatland when he leads the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa next year.
Right from the outset, Super Rugby Aotearoa established itself as the greatest domestic rugby competition the world had seen. But it remains unknown what shape the competition it could take in 2021, with several issues still to be sorted.
Super Rugby Aotearoa's blockbuster finale is at risk of being played within an empty stadium or even not at all after New Zealand reintroduced restrictions following a COVID-19 breakout in Auckland.
There is no break dancing, yet. But while Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has put his moves on hold for seven days, his side's latest triumph will have many in New Zealand again asking why he wasn't given the All Blacks job.
The Crusaders weren't at their best on Sunday, yet they underlined their status as a champion by fighting back to defeat the Highlanders and claim the inaugural Super Rugby Aotearoa trophy.
We have ourselves a competition. The Hurricanes' upset of the Crusaders has set up a thrilling conclusion to Super Rugby Aotearoa, just as the battle for All Blacks spots is also really starting to hot up.
A possible broken wrist to Ngani Laumape soured the Hurricanes victory over the Crusaders in Super Rugby Aotearoa but his coach hinted it was indicative of the intensity of the competition.
The Crusaders' blockbuster with the Blues certainly didn't disappoint, as Richie Mo'unga dominated from fly-half and gave Leon MacDonald something to ponder as a result. Catch up with all the weekend's Super Rugby Aotearoa action here.
The Crusaders have continued their unbeaten run with a frantic second half against the Blues.
The Crusaders relentlessly ground down the Highlanders to record a 40-20 victory in their Super Rugby Aotearoa clash in Dunedin on Saturday, the hosts counting the cost of one golden opportunity blown.
Crusaders captain Scott Barrett could be out of action for up to four months after undergoing foot surgery, his coach Scott Robertson said.
Former All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter will make a return to his native Canterbury for his first rugby game in New Zealand since 2015 at the weekend.
Just how good do you have to be to beat the Crusaders right now? Well you have to take every opportunity that comes your way for a start. Meanwhile, something is just not quite right with the Chiefs.
The results in Round 3 of Super Rugby Aotearoa went to plan, but the games were closer than many thought they would be. It also showcased two rising talents in New Zealand rugby, and the importance of good decision-making.
Fullback Will Jordan scored a try either side of halftime as the Crusaders outlasted the Chiefs 18-13 in the Super Rugby Aotearoa at a rain-drenched Christchurch Stadium on Sunday.
Super Rugby Aotearoa again produced a heap of penalties as players continue to adapt to a greater focus on the game's laws at the breakdown. But the Blues are two from two, and their big No. 8 continues to impress right across the paddock.