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McKenzie kicks Chiefs to late win over Crusaders

Damian McKenzie kicked the winning penalty for the second week running as the Waikato Chiefs kept their final hopes alive with a 26-25 Super Rugby Aotearoa victory over the Canterbury Crusaders.

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Havili's drop goal earns Crusaders 'golden point' win

David Havili's extra-time drop goal earned the Crusaders a 30-27 Super Rugby Aotearoa win over the Hurricanes on Sunday as Scott Robertson's side avoided losing successive games for the first time in over three years.

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Super Rugby AU R9 & Aotearoa R8: Line-ups, odds, analysis

It's down to the pointy end of the season in Super Rugby AU and Aotearoa, with plenty of competition for the remaining finals places. Stay across the latest team news, odds and analysis here.

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Super Rugby AU R8 & Aotearoa R7: Line-ups, odds, analysis

How impressive was last week's action? This weekend's sure to be just as exciting with the Reds hosting the Brumbies, while the Highlanders and Chiefs face off in Dunedin. Stay across the latest team news, odds and analysis here.

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Super Rugby wrap: How much better can the Queensland Reds get?

The Easter weekend of Super Rugby saw plenty of drama on both sides of the Tasman, but only one unbeaten team remains across the two competitions. Check out some the weekend's major talking points here.

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Highlanders hand Crusaders surprise first defeat

Tries from Highlanders Billy Harmon, Michael Collins and Connor Garden-Bachop handed the Crusaders their first defeat of the Super Rugby Aotearoa season on Friday as the visitors claimed a surprise 33-12 victory in Christchurch.

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Highlanders drop six for 'team code' breach

The Highlanders have dropped six players, including All Black Josh Ioane, for Saturday's crunch Super Rugby Aotearoa match against the Crusaders after they breached the team "code", coach Tony Brown said on Wednesday.

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How in the hell do you beat the Crusaders?

They've won four straight Super Rugby titles, have one of the most talented coaches on the planet and are already 4-0 this season. So how on earth do you beat the Crusaders? Legendary New Zealand coach Wayne Smith offers up a few ideas to Liam Napier.

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Penney finally drops at Tahs, New Zealand fullbacks on show

After five straight defeats, two of which were record losses, the action finally came off the field for the Waratahs with the board making the decision to fire Rob Penney immediately. Check out some the weekend's major talking points here.

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Thorn says Kiwi clashes 'have to happen'

Brad Thorn says the Queensland Reds are willing to become the Queenstown Reds to ensure they play New Zealand sides later this year.

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Mo'unga magic helps Crusaders past Blues in Auckland

Flyhalf Richie Mo'unga scored 28 points in an outstanding individual display to drive the Crusaders to a 43-27 win over the Blues in a Super Rugby Aotearoa clash of test match intensity on Sunday.

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Was that the best Australian derby we've ever seen?

We won't forget that game in a hurry. Saturday night's Brumbies-Reds thriller will go down as one of the great Australian derbies of all time while, elsewhere, we saw the lights go out in Perth, another red card and TMO confusion across the ditch.

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Crusaders hope for fans with gameday switch

The Round 2 Super Rugby Aotearoa match between the Crusaders and the Hurricanes has been moved from Saturday to Sunday in the hope that coronavirus restrictions will be lifted to allow a crowd at Christchurch Stadium.

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Waratahs at rock bottom and it's only Round 3

It is crisis mode at NSW Waratahs after they suffered their worst ever loss to the Brumbies on Saturday night. The young, inexperienced squad looks set to struggle for the remainder of the year. Get your full weekend rugby wrap here.

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Crusaders overpower Highlanders

The second season of New Zealand's Super Rugby Aotearoa got off to a cracking start when the Crusaders held off the Highlanders 26-13 in Dunedin on Friday evening.

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Super Rugby Aotearoa: Can anyone end the Crusaders' dynasty?

Chasing an incredible fifth straight title, the Crusaders again start favourites for Super Rugby Aotearoa. The competition didn't disappoint last year and, further COVID breakouts aside, it again promises to be something special -- Liam Napier reports.

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Super Rugby Aotearoa introduce captain's call

Super Rugby Aoteroa have introduced two new law variations, including captain's call and goal line drop-outs, for the 2021 season kicking off in just over two weeks.

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Robertson nearing NZR extension, role with Lions

Crusaders supercoach Scott Robertson is closing in on a role with the British & Irish Lions, as talks continue with New Zealand Rugby on a contract extension that will keep him in the mix to be the next All Blacks coach.

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RA, NZR bury hatchet for trans-Tasman Super comp

A "Super Round" highlights the creation of a crossover trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition for 2021, with one lucky city set to host five games on the one weekend in a similar concept to the NRL's Magic Round of 2019.

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NZR release Super Rugby Aotearoa 2021 fixtures

Highlanders will welcome defending champions Crusaders in the opening round of Super Rugby Aotearoa on Feb. 26 after New Zealand Rugby (NZR) announced the schedule for the second edition of the domestic competition on Tuesday.