The Chiefs will host the Crusaders and the Stormers the Sharks in the Super Rugby semifinals.
Loose forwards Faifili Levave and Jack Lam have re-signed with the Hurricanes for next year’s Super Rugby – but Victor Vito has yet to put pen to paper.
The Reds have opted against appealing the one-week suspension handed to Quade Cooper as they don’t want to disrupt the team ahead of its sudden-death Super Rugby playoff match against the Sharks in Brisbane tomorrow night.
The Reds are looking forward to meeting the Sharks on their terms in Saturday night’s sudden-death playoff in Brisbane, after letting a commanding 17-0 advantage turn into a heart-breaking 22-27 loss in Durban on March 17.
The Crusaders have forgiven the Bulls.
The Crusaders will be without No 8 Kieran Read when they take on the Bulls in Christchurch on Saturday night.
The Reds are considering appealing the suspension handed to Quade Cooper by SANZAR for a dangerous tackle on Monday.
Former All Blacks captain Buck Shelford has criticised the appointment of Sir John Kirwan as Blues coach, saying he hasn’t come through the mentoring ranks in New Zealand and is inexperienced.
Former All Blacks wing Sir John Kirwan has been appointed as the new Blues coach, with incumbent Pat Lam being given the flick.
Reports have emerged that incumbent Blues coach Pat Lam has been sacked and that former All Black Sir John Kirwan is the front-runner to take over.
Suspended Reds first five Quade Cooper is backing his team to beat the Sharks in this Saturday night’s Super Rugby playoff match in Brisbane.
South Africans Jaco Peyper and Jonathan Kaplan will control this Saturday night’s Super Rugby playoff matches.
The odds of Kieran Read playing for the Crusaders in Saturday’s playoff match against the Bulls in Christchurch are not favourable.
The Stormers, Chiefs, Reds, Crusaders, Bulls and Sharks have qualified for the Super Rugby playoffs.
Skipper Richie McCaw will again pack down at the back of the scrum when the Crusaders take on the Western Force in Christchurch on Saturday night.
Robbie Robinson will surprisingly start on the wing when the Chiefs take on the Hurricanes in Wellington this Friday night.
Prop Charlie Faumuina will return from a calf injury when the Blues take on the Brumbies in Canberra this Saturday afternoon.
Wing Cory Jane could return from his ankle injury for the Hurricanes’ must-win game against the Chiefs in Wellington this Friday night.
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Not all our own way for NZ teams
Pressure is on Benji, but shouldn't we remember SBW went to France (Toulon) for 2 years to learn the game.
With all of the news around concussion do you think there should be safety measures in place for players to ensure they don't play on after a head know? How and who should police that?
With the start of club rugby upon us, how can we maintain the value of the clubs in player pathways and community spirit.