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2dESPN

Super Rugby Round Two team lists

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.

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2dSam Bruce and Andy Withers

The question mark surrounding your Super Rugby team

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.

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17dSam Bruce

New Zealand conference Super Rugby preview

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.

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18dCraig Dowd

More All Blacks' selection uncertainty than you think

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.

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114dESPN 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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154dAAP

Ioane brothers re-sign with NZ Rugby, Blues

Star winger Rieko Ioane has committed to the All Blacks for four more years in a significant win for New Zealand Rugby while brother Akira has also opted to remain in Auckland.

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206dCraig 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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211dReuters

Blues sign former bouncer Tu'inukuafe

Having gone from part-time nightclub bouncer to an All Blacks jersey in a few months, prop Karl Tu'inukuafe knows a good deal more about life outside rugby than the young talents who typically travel New Zealand's elite pathways to the big-time.

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217dESPN staff

Nonu hunting final crack at Super Rugby title?

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.

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222dSam 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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228dSam 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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236dSam 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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263dBrittany 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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271dSam Bruce and John Goliath

R15 rebooted: Rampaging Retallick unrivalled

The Waratahs were hoping to add the Chiefs to their list of victims after ending the trans-Tasman streak in Sydney last week. And they would have, too, had it not been for the game's premier lock: Brodie Retallick.

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274dESPN Staff

Parsons yet to hear Franks' apology

Blues hooker James Parsons has denied a Sanzaar statement that reported he had received an apology from Owen Franks after an incident on the weekend that led to the Crusaders prop's two-week ban.

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278dSam Bruce and John Goliath

R14 rebooted: Australia's drought breakers

After 40 games, Australia finally saw the end of their New Zealand hoodoo with the Waratahs putting on a slick display to thump the Highlanders, while the deliberate knockdown debate continues to rage.

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281dSam Bruce and John Goliath

W2W4: Aussies' chance to challenge 'dark arts'

There has been that much talk about the "dark arts" this week that Super Rugby has felt like a Harry Potter novel. Australia's sides have an opportunity to push the limits this week, but need their chief protagonists to be at their absolute best.

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282dAAP

Umaga extends Blues contract

The Blues are persisting with Tana Umaga as their Super Rugby head coach despite three seasons of struggle.

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285dSam Bruce and John Goliath

R13 rebooted: Tahs' gripes only mask capitulation

NSW Waratahs had every right to feel aggrieved over some of the decisions that were, and were not, made in Christchurch. The cold hard fact is, however, that a 29-0 lead should, no matter the opposition, be enough to go on and claim victory.

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287dAAP

Hurricanes march on with win over Blues

Sonny Bill Williams laid on a first-half try on his return for the Blues, but the hosts were still no match for a clinical Hurricanes outfit at Eden Park.

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289dSam Bruce and John Goliath

W2W4: Auckland clash between past and future

The mouth-watering midfield showdown between Sonny Bill Williams and Ngani Laumape is the highlight of a clash between the Hurricanes and Blues that might not be as clear-cut as it seems.

2019 RankingsSuper Rugby

  • BLUES7th
    TRIES SCORED 1st Sharks : 6 Tries Scored
    SHARK1st
    3
    6
  • BLUES10th
    POINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Bulls : 37 Points Difference
    BULLS1st
    -2
    37