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10 Best Super Rugby Aotearoa Pictures
10 Crusaders captain Codie Taylor dives for the bouncing ball against the Highlanders. The big question you probably have is…did he manage to score the try? The answer is no. It had bobbled over the deadball line before he could get to it. 9 Will Jor
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Anzac Xv
Those who saw it will never forget Tony Woodcock haring down the wing in Brisbane 2008 to score a spectacular solo try. The Wallabies held off him, thinking he’d cut back in, but he didn’t. He fired down the touchline and scored a try that rekindled
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Super Rugby aotearoa Champions 2020
Highlanders 28-27 Chiefs Blues 30-20 Hurricanes Chiefs 12-24 Blues Hurricanes 25-39 Crusaders Blues 27-24 Highlanders Crusaders 18-13 Chiefs Highlanders 20-40 Crusaders Chiefs 18-25 Hurricanes Crusaders 26-15 Blues Hurricanes 17-11 Highlanders Hurric
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What we Learned from SUPER RUGBY AOTEAROA
Super Rugby Aotearoa produced exactly the sort of rugby that had been envisioned by the founders of the Sanzar competition 25 years ago. Every weekend there was drama, intensity, compelling rugby that left everyone in doubt about the outcome until th
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10 Best Players In super Rugby Aotearoa
Codie Taylor is almost certainly the country's best hooker now. Being captain of the Crusaders brought the best out of him. His throwing wasn't perfect, but it was mostly good. His scrummaging was strong, his cleanout work excellent and he picked off
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The Search For Moby Dick
It's maybe a good job Steve Hansen retired as All Blacks coach when he did, or he may have become a little like Captain Ahab endlessly and hopelessly chasing Moby Dick. The white whale in Hansen's case being a bruising, intimidating blindside flanker
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The Nearly Men
The veteran loose forward made his test debut in 2008 and was in a tight contest with Kaino for the No 6 shirt until November 2009. It was then that Kaino established himself as a nonnegotiable selection and Thomson became a handy bench player His qu
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Back In Time… To October, 2010
The Wallabies travelled to Asia in October, 2010 knowing they had lost their last 10 Bledisloe Cup tests. After winning the opening encounter in Sydney 2008, they had slumped to 10 consecutive defeats – albeit the gap had been obviously closing in 20
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The Long Walk To Entry
Whether it was an oversight or a deliberate snub, the decision to not include a Pacific Island team when Super Rugby launched in 1996 is now universally accepted as a giant mistake. The consequences of non-inclusion have been felt hard in the Island
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Defence Force One
The final table didn't reflect that the Blues were probably 10 minutes of concentration away from being possible Super Rugby Aotearoa champions. There's no doubt, if they had been more alert and more urgent in the final quarter of their clash against
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The People's Champion
One of the key selection criteria for the current Springboks coaches involves looking for a point of difference among players. What sets an individual apart? Call it X-factor or that special something; the Boks under Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienab
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Kolbe On…
I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I just want to put myself in the best possible position to play in that series by continuing to keep performing for my club. Having said that, it would be a blessing to be part of the British & Irish Lions series
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Editor’s Letter
THE ONE THING EVERYONE IS MOST DESPERATE FOR is certainty. And it is the one thing that can’t be given at the moment as no one is able to peer into that crystal ball and determine what the next two months look like yet alone the next two years. It’s
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French Influence
“Cheslin Kolbe is arguably one the best if not the best signing of the Top 14 of the past 10 years,” says veteran French journalist Arnaud David. “His influence on Toulouse winning the title last season can only be compared with Jonny Wilkinson at To
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Pacific Power House
There can't be any doubt that Scotland's loss is Fiji's gain. Vern Cotter, installed as head coach in 2014 was delivering the sort of results Scotland hadn't seen in decades. They were climbing the world rankings, unlucky in the extreme not to make t
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The Breakdown
The scar of the All Blacks last defeat can clearly be seen running through the first selection made by new coach Ian Foster. The All Blacks of 2020 have the look of a side that has decided that whatever else happens this year, they won't tolerate bei
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Crossing The Line
At first, it sounded like an outrageous, unfounded allegation. It felt like the instinctive and poorly considered reaction of a disappointed and frustrated coach who had seen his team once again come agonisingly close to beating the All Blacks. But o
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There was something about Beauden Barrett's body language that told a bigger story when he played against the Chiefs at Eden Park in Super Rugby Aotearoa. He was moving that little bit quicker than he had been in previous weeks. He was almost skippin
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When Things Go Bad
In 2013 Dylan Hartley blew his place in the British & Irish Lions when he was sent off in the English Premiership shortly before the squad departed for Australia. Hartley's crime was that shortly before half-time in the game between Northampton and L
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The No 10 Factory
Barrett was selected in 2012 as a 20-year-old with huge promise. He spent most of his first four years as an impact player, typically coming off the bench at fullback. But in 2016 he won the starting role at No 10 and established himself as arguably
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The Greatest Rivalry Of All
Having lost the first Bledisloe of 2019, the All Blacks were under intense pressure to win at Eden Park in the re-match. One man who did his bit in securing the trophy and his World Cup slot was Sevu Reece. A surprise choice on the wing he proved his
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Storylines That Will Hold The National Agenda
There is always a clear-out after World Cups and New Zealand always seems to manage to regenerate. Big names go and then the next year, new faces emerge, step up and deliver. But can that pattern keep going? Look at the volume of new players in New Z
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10 Biggest Scandals
Comical Ali had long held a desire to inject humour and push the boundaries in team environments. But in 2007 it went too far and a few days before the Blues played a semi-final against the Sharks in Durban, it was announced the All Blacks lock had b
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Five Smart Signings
Those in the know say Joe Marchant potentially has a big test future in front of him. He’s already been capped by England but the 23-year-old wants to become a regular. He has decided that his best route to lifting his game to the levels it will need
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10 Most Memorable Incidents
It is hard enough to beat the Crusaders in Christchurch as it is, but when the Sharks saw flanker Jean Deysel red carded after 20 minutes in 2014 their task seemed impossible. But the South Africans pulled off one of the great gutsy performances of a
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Teams Due To Deliver
Well, duh, obviously. The original Super Rugby champions have been a basket case for the last decade. Maybe even longer. Their last title came in 2003 and their last appearance in the play-offs was 2011. The talent pool in Auckland is huge. The club
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10 Players Who We Love In Super Rugby
The bruising loose forward had a decade with the Bulls and he never appeared to be injured or anything other than 100 per cent. Sharpey. Legend. Won his lineouts, went West and established the Force and resurrected his test career. Never left anythin
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Things That Have To Happen For The Greater Good
At the moment there is no point in having a debate about whether Super Rugby is working with the South African teams in it. The future of the competition has been decided through to 2025 and it will contain South African teams. So if we accept that t
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Five Best Coaches
It’s no wonder Robbie Deans has legendary status in Christchurch. He was made head coach in 2000 and they won the title. They had a perfect season in 2002 to win again. In 2003 and 2004 they made the final. In 2005 and 2006 they were champions and pr
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