Queensland Reds have fallen agonisingly short of victory in their opening match of the Super Rugby season, beaten 36-31 by the Highlanders in Dunedin.
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.
Liam Squire is the latest All Blacks player to confirm he is leaving New Zealand after this year's Rugby World Cup, with the loose forward confirming he has agreed to join Japanese club NTT Docomo Red 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.
Unwanted by their Australian franchises, Sef Fa'agase and Jack Debreczeni have linked with New Zealand Super Rugby teams for the 2019 season.
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.
There were tough decisions to make all over the park, but Craig Dowd has settled on his NZ Super Rugby team of the season.
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 Waratahs produced one of the great 10-minute spells in Super Rugby history to keep their season alive just when it appeared destined to die with little more than a whimper in Sydney on Saturday night.
Rallying to captain Bernard Foley's halftime exhortations, the opportunistic NSW Waratahs have launched remarkable second half comeback to beat the Highlanders 30-23 in their Super Rugby quarterfinal.
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.
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 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.
The Queensland Reds will be kicking themselves after a horror night with the boot cost them a Super Rugby win against New Zealand's Highlanders in Brisbane.
Highlanders winger Tevita Nabura will spend six weeks on the sidelines after his SANZAAR judiciary hearing finally took place.
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.
Australia's long run of outs against trans-Tasman opposition at last came to an end as the Waratahs took down the Highlanders 41-12 on a dramatic Saturday night at Allianz Stadium.
The NSW Waratahs have restored some national pride with a hoodoo-busting 41-12 Super Rugby win over an undermanned Highlanders outfit in Sydney.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has ushered a changing of the guard at loose forward in announcing his squad to face France in June.
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.
- HLAND3rdTRIES SCORED 1st Brumbies : 12 Tries ScoredBRUMB1st812
- HLAND6thPOINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Bulls : 37 Points DifferenceBULLS1st837