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South African Jaco Peyper named as referee for Super Rugby final
August 01, 2017 (02:00) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
South African Jaco Peyper will take charge of the Lions v Crusaders Super Rugby final, with two of his countrymen getting key roles as his assistants.It's news that will not comfort Crusaders supporters, who are hoping their side... More...
Rugby: Crusaders contest seven of 10 best Super Rugby finals ever
August 01, 2017 (02:00) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
By Ben Coles Saturday's Super Rugby final looks set to be another classic, as the free-scoring Lions take on the Crusaders at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.Ahead of the showpiece event, Ben Coles of the Telegraph runs down the top... More...
Crusaders into Super Rugby final
July 29, 2017 (05:00) [ Indexed from Sky Sports - Rugby Union ]
Seta Tamanivalu grabbed two tries as the Crusaders beat the Chiefs 27-13 in Christchurch on Saturday to advance to their 12th Super Rugby final. More...
Rugby: All Blacks to appeal Sonny Bill Williams decision
July 28, 2017 (06:30) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
Sonny Bill Williams has appealed World Rugby's decision which has him set to miss the first Bledisloe Cup test.The World Rugby Judiciary Committee decided not to include the All Blacks match on August 11 in the four week suspension... More...
Rugby: Sonny Bill Williams call causes All Blacks midfield muddle
July 28, 2017 (06:30) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
The All Blacks would like to bring the midfield selection merry-go-round to a halt during the Rugby Championship. Ideally, they would like to see a combination emerge as obviously the strongest so they can build continuity and understanding... More...
Rugby: Busy Israel Dagg is hungry for more
July 28, 2017 (06:30) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
In playing every minute of all the three tests against the British & Irish Lions, plus 80 minutes for the Crusaders against the tourists, Israel Dagg has had the highest workload of any All Black recently.The 29-year-old admits... More...
Rugby: Stripper scandal still haunts Chiefs, admits assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge
July 28, 2017 (06:30) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
The reputation of the Chiefs has been tarnished by last year's stripper scandal, says assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge, and the franchise remains committed to setting the record straight.In the Chiefs' final media conference before... More...
Rugby: All Blacks ponder protest after SBW ruled out of Bledisloe opener
July 28, 2017 (06:30) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
The All Blacks are considering lodging an appeal, after Sonny Bill Williams was rubbed out of the opening Bledisloe Cup test by three Australians.It was initially hoped Williams' four-week suspension for his hit on Lions wing Anthony... More...
NZ Rugby to schoolboy players: Don't take supplements
July 28, 2017 (06:30) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
New Zealand Rugby believes schoolboy players should not be taking supplements and, therefore, supports Drugfree Sport NZ's move to test those at first XV level for potential anti-doping breaches.While Drugfree Sport NZ (DFS) has... More...
'Japan inclusion not imminent'
July 27, 2017 (08:45) [ Indexed from Sky Sports - Rugby Union ]
Japan may one day be considered for inclusion in the Rugby Championship but the current focus is on improving the competitiveness of the Sunwolves in Super Rugby, CEO of the New Zealand rugby union Steve Tew has said. More...
Ulster players face rape charges
July 25, 2017 (15:00) [ Indexed from Sky Sports - Rugby Union ]
Ulster and Ireland international rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been charged by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) in relation to allegations of rape. More...
O'Leary announces retirement
July 25, 2017 (12:15) [ Indexed from Sky Sports - Rugby Union ]
Former Munster and Ireland scrum-half Tomas O'Leary has confirmed his retirement from rugby with immediate effect. More...
Super Rugby semis: Ruthless Crusaders on brink of breaking drought
July 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
After a state of emergency was declared in a water-logged Christchurch, Crusaders coach Scott Robertson called his team into a meeting four hours before their quarter-final against the Highlanders and briefed his forwards on how they... More...
How the Super Rugby semifinals are shaping up
July 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
Handicapped, dealt a dodgy hand and yet, still, New Zealand rugby's cream continues to rise.As much as it may try, Super Rugby's flawed format could not prevent three Kiwi teams progressing to the semifinals. And it will now take... More...
Rugby: Canes' brilliance disguises soft core
July 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
From Dane Coles' stunning return to Wes Goosen and Jordie Barrett, highlight reels will tell you attacking firepower is keeping the Hurricanes' title defence alive.With such gifted talents moments of brilliance are never far away,... More...
Rugby: Chiefs sneak past Stormers to stay alive in Super Rugby playoffs
July 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
The Dave Rennie era at the Chiefs will last at least another week after his side saw off the Stormers in this morning's quarter-final in Cape Town.The Chiefs were below their best for much of the match but, in the end, that mattered... More...
Rugby: Lions set up Hurricanes clash in Super Rugby semifinals
July 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
The Lions nearly wasted their No 1 seeding overnight, needing a 77th-minute penalty from their own half to edge past the Sharks 23-21 and into the Super Rugby semifinals.Victory for the Johannesburg-based Lions set up a meeting... More...
Hurricanes beat Brumbies 35-16 in Super Rugby quarterfinals
July 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) " Hooker Dane Coles helped the defending champion Hurricanes to a 35-16 win over the ACT Brumbies in the first Super Rugby quarterfinal match.Coles took the field as a first-half replacement in his first... More...
Rugby: Brutal Crusaders overwhelm Highlanders
July 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
Brutal. Effective. Inevitable. Play in these conditions every week and the Crusaders would be unbeatable.If Christchurch needed any sort of reminder that a roofed stadium is a must for future plans this was it. Then again, despite... More...
Rugby: The positives of Ben Smith's impending sabbatical
July 22, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from The New Zealand Herald ]
There's two parts to the impending sabbatical Ben Smith plans to take. The first is the rejuvenation and invigoration of the country's best back three player.Smith, who recently turned 31, wants to be an integral part of the 2019... More...

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