Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has re-signed with the franchise for a further two years.
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder says Luke Whitelock or Matt Todd could find themselves at No 8 against the Western Force in the absence of the injured Kieran Read.
All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore has been restored to the Highlanders’ starting side for tomorrow night’s match against the Reds in Brisbane.
The Chiefs have made several alterations to their side ahead of the match against the Crusaders in Hamilton this Friday night.
The Crusaders have been boosted ahead of their match against the high-flying Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday night, with Dan Carter, Kieran Read and Israel Dagg set to return from injury.
Wallabies openside David Pocock and fullback Kurtley Beale will play no further part in Super Rugby after picking up injuries.
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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.
With the series level, expect both teams to put it all on the line as they seek to win the deciding test in Sydney on Saturday night.