Blues captain Keven Mealamu says his desire to get back on the field as soon as possible meant he spent more time out of action than anticipated with a calf injury.
The performance of New Zealand referee Bryce Lawrence is once again making headlines.
The Blues’ injury list has multiplied further, with Rudi Wulf the latest to go down.
Highlanders centre Tamati Ellison will take no part in the remainder of his side’s Super Rugby campaign after tearing a hamstring.
There is a chance the injured Kieran Read and Israel Dagg could return to Crusaders duty, but Dan Carter might not be risked against the Chiefs this Friday night.
Injured Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara is remaining upbeat – despite the fact that he won’t be seen on the field for the next four months.
The 2013 Super Rugby draw is not due out for at least several weeks, but will look very different due to the need to accommodate the dates of the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia.
The Blues could have some competition on their hands when it comes to securing Mils Muliaina’s signature for next season.
Chiefs first five Aaron Cruden has overcome his Achilles niggle and will play against the Highlanders in Dunedin this Friday night – but impressive openside Sam Cane will surprisingly start off the bench.
Embattled Waratahs coach Michael Foley has got two games to save his job.
The Golden Lions Rugby Union’s investigation into allegations surrounding John Mitchell could be wrapped up by the end of this week, according to South African media.
It’s not surprising that Richie McCaw has expressed his continued desire to wear the No 7 shirt.
Cory Jane is not guaranteed of starting for the Hurricanes in their must-win clash against the Crusaders in Christchurch this Saturday night.
The table-topping Chiefs have re-signed three players.
Players from the Blues and Chiefs Super Rugby franchises could be in for a special pre-season treat next year if plans to host an exhibition match between the sides in Argentina come to fruition.
All Blacks halfback Piri Weepu has stated his desire to stay with the Blues for another season.
Waratahs flyer Tom Kingston has been one of the rare shining lights in a mediocre Super Rugby season for the Waratahs and looks destined for higher honours. BY JOHN DAVIDSON
Blues loose forward Steven Luatua has been suspended for three weeks for his tip-tackle on Brodie Retallick during his side’s 41-34 loss to the Chiefs last weekend.
We look at what both teams need to improve on ahead of tomorrow night’s second test in Christchurch.
Should international teams play more midweek rugby?
Did Ali Williams really shed tears when he announced his retirement or was it one last prank on the media?
We reveal the 30 players who we think should make the team to play France.
The struggling franchise must let go of its head coach and a couple of its senior players.