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2dLiam Napier

Super Rugby Aotearoa: Can anyone end the Crusaders' dynasty?

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.

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Super Rugby Aotearoa introduce captain's call

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.

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Robertson nearing NZR extension, role with Lions

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.

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RA, NZR bury hatchet for trans-Tasman Super comp

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.

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NZR release Super Rugby Aotearoa 2021 fixtures

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.

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All Blacks centre Ennor cut down by ACL injury

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.

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Jordan scores extra-time try to give South win over North

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.

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Robertson could join Gatland on Lions staff

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.

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197dESPN staff

Blues-Crusaders finale in doubt after NZ COVID cases

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.

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213dSam Bruce

Aotearoa R7: Canes the new kings of Christchurch

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.

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Laumape injury highlights intensity of SR Aotearoa

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.

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227dSam Bruce

Aotearoa R5: Mo'unga masterclass highlights Blues' Barrett conundrum

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.

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Ruthless Crusaders teach Highlanders a lesson

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.

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234dSam Bruce

Aotearoa R4: The Crusaders can make you look very silly

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.

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241dSam Bruce

Aotearoa R3: New Zealand production line in full swing

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.

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248dSam Bruce

Is this the next great All Blacks No. 8?

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.