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Highlanders Name team to take on Brumbies in Super Rugby Quarter Final

Pulse Energy Highlanders to play the Brumbies in the quarterfinalsAfter finishing fifth on the table at the end of the regular season the Pulse Energy Highlanders will take on the Australian Conference winners and sole remaining Australian team the Brumbies in the quarter finals this Friday night.The starting team has just two personnel changes with No.8 Liam Squire gaining a [...]

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Northland Name Mitre 10 Cup Squad

2016 Northland Mitre 10 Cup Team Announced Thirty-six players have been chosen in the Northland Mitre 10 Cup team for 2016. All players are Northland based and, outside the Super players, play club rugby in Northland.Five Academy players have been included in order to further develop and to provide cover for injured players, returning Super players and players involved in club finals [...]

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Auckland name Strong Mitre 10 Cup squad

Auckland coach Nick White has named a 37-strong squad for the 2016 Mitre 10 Cup season.The squad includes the six Auckland All Blacks that took part in the June Test Series against Wales and a further 15 returning from Super Rugby duties.Five players are in line for their provincial debut and further two, Latiume Fosita [...]

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Are You Blind Ref?

With the SANZAR changes to the role of the TMO, gone is their ability to check and advise on the forward pass (leading to a try). While this is an attempt to speed up the review process and reduce stoppages, canny coaches (and players) are now using that to their advantage.In a near-mirroring of Rugby League play-the-ball passes, were seeing [...]

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Andy Ellis Reaches Milestone

Some things just get better with age! Fine wine, Sean Connery and now Andy ‘Angry’ Ellis. With over 150 Super Rugby caps, for the Crusaders, under his belt, the ever-green half-back is playing some of his best every rugby for a resurgent and free-flowing Crusaders team.This season has seen all of his customary sharp skills and game reading ability [...]

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Hurricanes top the Super Rugby table

The Hurricanes have done the remarkable and have some how managed to top the New Zealand conference after the round robin stage of Super Rugby. Starting the final weekend in third place the Hurricanes needed a number of thing's to happen and the Rugby gods assisted.First the Hurricanes demolished the Crusaders in Christchurch 35-10 securing [...]

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Law change trials for upcoming 2016 Mitre 10 Cup

There will be two refereesNew Points SystemPenalty Try 8 pointsTry 6 pointsDrop Goal 2 pointsPenalty Kick 2 pointsConversion 2 pointsLaw 15: The TackleThe tackler must release the ball carrier then rejoin the tackle behind the midpoint to play the ball.The first arriving defender many play the ball, as long as they are on their feet, [...]

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Highlanders hit by injuries for Hurricanes clash

        V    Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph is having to deal with a heavy injury toll The Highlanders have been hit by a raft of injuries ahead of their Super Rugby clash against the Hurricanes in Dunedin this weekend.The Dunedin side with be without three of their highest rated props and their only two [...]

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Super Rugby - Round 6 Preview

Friday, March 20Highlanders v Hurricanes, Forsyth Barr Stadium, DunedinHead-to-head: Played 23, Won 11, Lost 12In Dunedin: Played 12, Won 6, Lost 6Last clash: Round 14, 2014 - Hurricanes 16-18 Highlanders, WellingtonKey Stats (Opta Stats) The Hurricanes are aiming to win five matches straight for the first time since 2003, when they won seven on the bounce.The [...]

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