Home Tag Archives: Aaron Cruden (Chiefs)

Tag Archives: Aaron Cruden (Chiefs)

The Super 18 Team Of The Year: Built Around Brilliant Barrett

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 04: A general view of Westpac stadium during the Super Rugby Final match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders at Westpac Stadium on July 4, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Rob Jefferies/Getty Images)

The Wellington Hurricanes whipped up a storm and finally broke their 21-year drought in winning the 2016 title beating a gallant Lions side in the final. In the first season to feature teams from Japan and Argentina, who makes the team of the season? 15 Ben Smith (Highlanders) Smith’s selection is tough on excitement machine Damian McKenzie who leads in …

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Super 18 Semi-final Preview: The Key Head-To-Head Battles

In dismantling the Crusaders on Saturday, the Lions have set themselves up with a titanic home clash with the Highlanders as the Super 18 continues to reach its climax. In the second semi, the red hot Hurricanes and Chiefs will face each other in Wellington. In teams packed with power and skill, which players hold the key to victory and …

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Super 18 Quarter-final Power Rankings: Highlanders climb, Sharks lurk

After two bone-breaking New Zealand derbies high in both skill and execution, the likely match-ups for the quarter-finals point to the likelihood that the four teams will again duke it out in the semi-finals of the Super 18. However, we have to ask, have the South African sides been underestimated? _____ 1. The Highlanders (Last week 6; round 17: 25-15 vs The Chiefs) …

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Why Beauden Barrett Has To Be The Next New Zealand Number 10

NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Beauden Barrett of the All Blacks makes a break during The Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Argentina at McLean Park on September 6, 2014 in Napier, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Beauden Barrett is the obvious choice to become the next New Zealand out-half. As with most All Blacks sides, when one great player drops out there are usually another three that are willing and able to take his place. It’s what we’ve become accustomed to with New Zealand over the last decade as the All Blacks’ production line has almost become as …

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Who Will Hansen Select As The New All Blacks Half Back Pairing?

during a New Zealand All Blacks Captain's Run on October 30, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.

There has been speculation about who will follow in Dan Carter’s footsteps as All Black first five eight for a while now. And with the Super Rugby competition heating up, that speculation ramps up too. The names of Beauden Barrett and Aaron Cruden have been out there for a while. The name that was added to the list is Lima Sopoaga. One …

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Video: Cruden Sets Up Ridiculous Try & Kaino Gets Sent Off In Blues-Chiefs Game

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 19: Cheifs Aaron Cruden (R) steps past Blues Ihaia West (L) during the Super Rugby pre-season match between the Blues and the Chiefs at Pukekohe Stadium on February 19, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Michael Bradley/Getty Images)

The Blues and Chiefs’ final trial of the Super Rugby pre-season was surprisingly eventful with one All Black showing he’s recovered from a lengthy spell on the sidelines, while another looks set for some time off the field after receiving a straight red for striking another player. Pre-season trials count for little in the overall scheme of a Super Rugby season but …

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Chiefs Name Co-Captains For 2016 Season

Super Rugby side, the Chiefs, have announced their co-captains for the coming season. The gig has been given to first five eight Aaron Cruden and openside flanker Sam Cane. Cruden, who is also one of the favourites to become the new All Blacks 10, has shared the captaincy with Liam Messam for the past two seasons. But with Liam Messam …

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