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Crusaders coach Scott Robertson is far more than the breakdancing, surfer dude that he's portrayed as and is ready to step into the All Blacks role, according to former Ireland fly-half Ronan O'Gara.
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.
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.
All Blacks prop Joe Moody has effectively committed his career to New Zealand rugby after signing a long-term deal.
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.
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?
Despite the Lions facing 'Mission Impossible' in Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Crusaders, they are up to the task.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The league-leaders have extended their winning streak to 10, with Richie Mo'unga impressing
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.
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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