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In Weepu they trust

Piri Weepu will play first five when the Blues take on the Hurricanes in Auckland on Friday night.

Braid suspended

Blues flanker Luke Braid has been suspended for three weeks for striking.

Cipriani signs with Sale

Melbourne Rebels first five Danny Cipriani will join Sale at the end of Super Rugby.

Ioane banned for five weeks

Things have gotten a whole lot worse for the Reds after wing Digby Ioane was handed a five-week ban for a dangerous tackle.

Cater to return from bench

All Blacks pivot Dan Carter is likely to make his Super Rugby return via the bench when the Crusaders take on the Cheetahs at Christchurch Stadium on Saturday night.

Major worries for Blues

Poor form, a growing injury list and another player facing suspension.

Lowe to return from injury

Hurricanes flanker Karl Lowe will make his return from a knee injury when he plays for the franchise’s development team against Samoa A in Porirua tonight.

Reds’ crisis at first five

The Reds have a major crisis at first five ahead of their clash with the Bulls, with Mike Harris and Ben Lucas being forced to return home from South Africa after sustaining hamstring injuries during the side’s loss to the Sharks yesterday.

The week that was

Rugby News looks back on some of the stories which made headlines during the week that was March 12-18.

Cowan to start

Jimmy Cowan has been handed a golden opportunity to showcase his stuff when the Highlanders take on the Hurricanes in Wellington tomorrow night.

Raikuna joins casualty ward

David Raikuna is the latest Blues player to join the casualty ward.

Jane re-signs with NZRU

All Blacks wing Cory Jane has re-signed with the New Zealand Rugby Union and the Hurricanes for a further two seasons.

Boric ruled out

All Blacks lock Anthony Boric has been ruled out of the Blues’ match with the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday morning (NZT) due to a neck injury.

Power named to start

Former Taranaki and Bay of Plenty lock Leon Power will start for the Brumbies when they take on the Chiefs in Tauranga on Friday night.

Injuries force re-jig

Injuries have forced Australian Sevens coach Michael O’Connor to make changes to his squad for the Hong Kong leg of the IRB Sevens World Series circuit.

Grant back for Stormers

Springbok Peter Grant will start at first five when the Stormers take on the Blues in Cape Town on Saturday morning (NZT).

Bulls fan sorry for bottle-throwing incident

The Bulls fan who allegedly hit Keven Mealamu on the head with a bottle maintains he did not do so on purpose, but has nonetheless apologised for his actions.

Kaino targeting ITM Cup return

Injured All Blacks loose forward Jerome Kaino is hoping to return to action during the ITM Cup.

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