Crusaders smash Emirates Lions’ Vodacom Super Rugby 2017 dream

The Crusaders defeated 14-man Emirates Lions 25-17 in a gripping Vodacom Super Rugby Final played at Emirates Airlines Park in Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon to lift their eighth title and deny the home side a dream finish to an emotional campaign. The match was marked by the first half red card shown to Kwagga Smith... Continue Reading →

Unchanged Emirates Lions and Crusaders set for titanic deciding battle in 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby Final

Capacity crowd to watch 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby Final in Johannesburg The Emirates Lions and the Crusaders have announced unchanged teams for their 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby Final on Saturday in Johannesburg. Kick off at Emirates Airline Park is at 16h00 and the decider will be televised live on SuperSport 1. Emirates Lions coach Johan... Continue Reading →

Lions tour: Warren Gatland finally gets chance to return fire to critics after win over Crusaders

Lions prevail in war of attrition against Crusaders At last, Warren Gatland got his chance to squeeze off some shots of his own. In the wake of the British and Irish Lions 12-3 victory over the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday night, coach Gatland, probably still picking the buckshot out of his hide following the... Continue Reading →

Blues silence Lions’ roar after fumbly Eden Park clash A torrid tour looks longer by the day.

Ihaia West's late try gave the Blues a famous win over the British and Irish Lions. It took all of 74 minutes but the difference between New Zealand rugby and the Lions eventually came to the fore. Creativity, endeavour and offloads saw the Blues record a historic 22-16 triumph over the tourists at Eden Park,... Continue Reading →

Wayne Smith to return to the All Blacks coaching staff for the 2015 season

One of world rugby's leading coaches, Wayne Smith, is to return to the All Blacks coaching staff for the 2015 season, it was announced today. Smith, who was part of the All Blacks coaching staff from 2004 through to the team's victory at Rugby World Cup 2011, and a Chiefs Assistant Coach from 2012-2014, will... Continue Reading →

SUPER RUGBY SEMI-FINAL PREVIEW – Chiefs versus Crusaders

The Crusaders 28-13 win over the Bulls in Christchurch on Saturday night sets up a huge Kiwi derby, with the seven-time champions (the fourth placed wildcard qualifiers) travelling north to Hamilton to take on the Chiefs at Waikato Stadium in the Super Rugby Semi-Finals tomorrow night. The Chiefs, second place finishers overall on the table... Continue Reading →


The Reds and Crusaders have both named unchanged starting line-ups for Saturday's Super Rugby Final at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. It will be only the second time this season that the Reds have retained the same run-on team, the only other occasion being in Round 13 against the Blues and then in Round 15 against... Continue Reading →

Richie McCaw says he’s ready to play whatever role the Crusaders require of him this week

Richie McCaw says he’s ready to play whatever role the Crusaders require of him this week as his team continues its remarkable Super Rugby journey with a semifinal visit to the Stormers in Cape Town. McCaw confirmed at Nelson airport before boarding the first plane of many over the next few days that he’s available... Continue Reading →

The Sharks departed Johannesburg last night quite literally on a wing and prayer

The Sharks departed Johannesburg last night quite literally on a wing and prayer given that Sydney airport was closed yesterday morning because of volcanic ash in the atmosphere, although the weather forecast from New South Wales was favourable for clear skies by the time the team is due to land today – otherwise the flight... Continue Reading →

More than 50 000 Loftus fans were shocked into a stunned silence

Last week, the Sharks packed themselves off to a reclusive residence in Rustenburg, far from the madding crowd and the niggling negativity that had dogged their stuttering Super Rugby campaign, and an immaculate plan was hatched to beat the champion Bulls and record one of the most famous wins in Sharks and Natal rugby history.... Continue Reading →

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