Israel Dagg is expected to play on the left wing for the Crusaders in Friday night’s Super Rugby opener against the Blues in Auckland.
Finally, there is some good news for the Waratahs.
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder hopes the start of Super Rugby is not dominated by the referees’ whistles.
As far as opening Super Rugby assignments go, Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett knows his new-look side faces a tough one by going to South Africa first up.
Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara and Crusaders first five Tyler Bleyendaal are set to make their Super Rugby debuts when the competition kicks off this weekend.
The All Blacks will attend two training camps during Super Rugby as part of their build-up to June’s test series against Ireland.
Scrum coach Kees Meeuws will wind back the clock and don the boots as the Highlanders’ injury woes worsen.
Fresh off winning a New Zealand heavyweight boxing title, Sonny Bill Williams will make his long-awaited Chiefs debut tomorrow night.
Cory Jane is to make a permanent shift to the wing for the Hurricanes this season.
Brumbies coach Jake White has defended his decision to appoint the untried Ben Mowen as captain for the upcoming Super Rugby season.
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A strong performance from Michael Hobbs in the Blues’ final pre-season game against the Highlanders tomorrow could see him wear the No 10 jersey when the season kicks off proper next week, says coach Pat Lam.
Injured All Blacks and Crusaders skipper Richie McCaw is happy that referees will take no prisoners at the breakdown during Super Rugby this year.
Former France international Sebastien Chabal will play Super Rugby for a yet-to-be-confirmed Australian franchise in the near future.
Waratahs speedster Lachie Turner is likely to miss the entire Super Rugby season after tearing his hamstring off the bone during last week’s trial match against Samoa.
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South African Rugby Union chief executive Jurie Roux has denied reports that its five Super Rugby franchises have threatened to boycott next year’s competition.
Ireland skipper Paul O’Connell has described the cancellation of his side’s Six Nations match against France in Paris yesterday as “a bizarre end to a strange day”.
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.