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Five New Zealand Rugby Stars Whose Stock Rose in Super Rugby Round 2

‘The Hurricanes look fat, slow and unfit.’ These scathing words of ex-Wallaby turned commentator Phil Kearns a year ago certainly could not be applied to the 2017 Hurricanes, who stormed to the top of the Super 18 leaderboard after racking up consecutive 70+ point thrashings. The four other New Zealand teams were involved in high-impact, high skill local derbies. So …

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Izzy Fullback Or Centre? Cheika’s Israel Folau Positional Dilemma

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Israel Folau of the Wallabies scores a try during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Allianz Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Wherever Israel Folau plays, his freakish speed, power, balance and skills often decide the outcome of games. The Warratahs operated on a ‘get the ball to Izzy’ game plan in the Super 18 by moving him from fullback to centre. Is is time for Wallabies coach Michael Cheika to follow suit? Folau is undoubtedly Cheika’s biggest attacking weapon. At centre …

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Damage Control? Cheika Selects Veteran Genia Ahead Of Frisby

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 05: Wallabies Coach, Michael Cheika speaks to the media during an Australian Wallabies media opportunity at Weigall Sports Ground on August 5, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Michael Cheika invoked Giteau’s Law to select five European-based players with 60 caps over seven years for his 2016 Rugby Championship squad. Among these, choosing 33-year-old Will Genia ahead of Nick Frisby has raised eyebrows. Is it a move of desperation? After the Wallabies’ historic 3-0 series defeat by the touring England side and the dismal showing of Australian sides in …

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South African Fly-half Handre Pollard Reveals Amputation Scare

Springbok star Handre Pollard has revealed that serious complications during shoulder surgery almost resulted in him having his arm amputated. The complication, a sudden and potentially life-threatening infection, occurred when fly-half decided to have surgery on his shoulder for an injury he sustained in Japan while playing for NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes. At the time, Pollard was also recovering from another …

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Super 18 Final: Six Gamebreakers That Will Have An Impact

The Super 18 final this coming Saturday in Wellington between the Hurricanes and the Lions from Johannesburg is a mouth-watering match up. Two aggressive teams who play open, adventurous rugby but with sound defensive systems. Who could crack the defensive lines and drive their team to the title? We look at six players that will matter on the day. Beauden Barrett …

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Super 18 Power Rankings: Crushing Crusaders And Cruising Chiefs

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 09: Mitchell Hunt, Mitchell Drummond, Luke Romano, Johnny McNicholl and Wyatt Crockett of the Crusaders (L-R) celebrate after Johnny McNicholl scores a try during the round 16 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Rebels at AMI Stadium on July 9, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

After the penultimate round of the Super 18, a clearer picture of the play-off contenders has emerged but there are still battles to be fought over the prized home berths.   As we look forward to some lick-your-lips match-ups in next week’s final round, we power rank the teams still in play-off contention after their round 16 games. ______ 1. …

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Analysis: Is Australian Rugby In Crisis?

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and Wallabies players look dejected after losing the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Allianz Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

On Friday, the bottom-placed team in the New Zealand Super 18 conference faced the top side from the Australian conference. The score? 40-5 to the Auckland Blues over the Brumbies. The subsequent trans-tasman clashes this weekend produced even more watching-through-the-fingers viewing for the Australian sides. This, following the 3-0 Test series loss to England, leads us to ask: has Australian rugby …

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