Sanzaar aims to finalise Super Rugby plans in November

The decisions reached in London will be crucial to the survival of Super Rugby, which has struggled with dwindling viewers amid constant tinkering with its format.

Plans for Super Rugby's latest format revamp should be finalised in November, New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew said Monday.

Sanzaar aims to finalise Super Rugby plans in November
Sanzaar aims to finalise Super Rugby plans in November

Sanzaar aims to finalise Super Rugby plans in November

The decisions reached in London will be crucial to the survival of Super Rugby, which has struggled with dwindling viewers amid constant tinkering with its format.

Jantjies and Mapoe’s signatures make Lions’ picture rosier

Jantjies and Mapoe’s signatures make Lions’ picture rosier

Suddenly, there’s a pretty decent core of stalwarts staying till 2019 after the initial doom and gloom of a Super Rugby exodus of players.
Lions lose yet another stalwart

Lions lose yet another stalwart

Depth in the front row is now suddenly becoming a bit of a problem for the men from Ellis Park.
Lions’ future bright, insists Swys

Lions’ future bright, insists Swys

The Lions coach remains calm as the franchise braces for a substantial exodus of leading players.
Lions player ratings: Only a few rays of sunshine

Lions player ratings: Only a few rays of sunshine

The men from Ellis Park, a bit predictably, didn’t score high marks in a match where many underperformed.
Ruthless Crusaders outclass willing but error-prone Lions

Ruthless Crusaders outclass willing but error-prone Lions

The hosts were full value in defending their title as Swys de Bruin’s men endure heartache for a third year in a row.
Crusaders hit back at Lions’ illegal scrum claim

Crusaders hit back at Lions’ illegal scrum claim

Swys de Bruin had earlier in the week said that the defending champions ‘get away with a lot’ but the Kiwis believe their opponents aren’t exactly squeeky clean.
Lions ‘do have a chance’ – What the pundits say

Lions ‘do have a chance’ – What the pundits say

Our experts don’t believe the doom and gloom of other observers regarding Saturday’s Super Rugby final but Swys de Bruin’s men will have to be top notch.
Five defining (and lucky) results for the Lions in 2018

Five defining (and lucky) results for the Lions in 2018

Swys de Bruin and his troops have had their fair share of luck in this year’s tournament. In fact, they didn’t even have control over two outcomes!
Deja vu as England target a SA coaching heavyweight

Deja vu as England target a SA coaching heavyweight

The Roses poached Eddie Jones barely weeks after the Stormers appointed him. Now they have shifted their sights to a target up north.
Lions are up against it … but they like it that way

Lions are up against it … but they like it that way

Julian Redelinghuys, who played in the 2016 final in Wellington, believes the ‘hopeless’ tag might actually suit his former teammates as Swys de Bruin names his side.
This is the depressing reality of SA teams in Super Rugby finals

This is the depressing reality of SA teams in Super Rugby finals

Since 2001, for example, they’ve only scored 15 points in showpiece matches played in Australasia. And that’s just the start!
Lions will be a major threat, says All Blacks coach

Lions will be a major threat, says All Blacks coach

Steve Hansen isn’t subscribing to the view that Swys de Bruin’s men are in a hopeless situation going into the weekend’s showpiece against the Crusaders.
Final isn’t going to be all about Elton, says Ackers

Final isn’t going to be all about Elton, says Ackers

The man who masterminded two Lions marches towards a Super Rugby showpiece understands the hype around the two flyhalves but it won’t solely determine the outcome.
Five of Elton Jantjies’ key thoughts before the final

Five of Elton Jantjies’ key thoughts before the final

He doesn’t fear the Crusaders, for one thing…
How the Lions will try and beat the dreaded jetlag

How the Lions will try and beat the dreaded jetlag

There’s no exact science when it comes to this reality but the men from Ellis Park are hoping to follow their plan from earlier this year … and it worked.
WATCH: Why the Lions are rejoicing over Dyantyi’s fitness

WATCH: Why the Lions are rejoicing over Dyantyi’s fitness

The Springbok winger scored his stunner last weekend at Ellis Park. How can any team not yearn for such X-factor, especially in a final?
Swys: Sneaky Crusaders push their luck … and get away with it

Swys: Sneaky Crusaders push their luck … and get away with it

The Lions coach is going to have a long chat with the referees before Saturday’s Super Rugby final to ensure both teams get a ‘fair deal’.
Lions need a microscope to find any Crusaders weakness

Lions need a microscope to find any Crusaders weakness

But coach Swys de Bruin also believes one or two ‘miracles’ could hand them a chance of toppling their fancied opponents.
Waratahs skipper offers the Lions some final hope

Waratahs skipper offers the Lions some final hope

Playmaker Bernard Foley believes the weekend’s showpiece match in Christchurch is still a ‘two-horse race’.
Lively Lions secure a third successive Super Rugby final

Lively Lions secure a third successive Super Rugby final

Swys de Bruin’s troops win a 10-try thriller as their superior conditioning and skills allow them to overcome another slow start against an enterprising Waratahs.
Crusaders juggernaut flattens Hurricanes to reach final

Crusaders juggernaut flattens Hurricanes to reach final

The defending champions continue their relentless run in this year’s tournament.
The Lions and Waratahs’ Super Rugby semi – Our predictions

The Lions and Waratahs’ Super Rugby semi – Our predictions

Don’t trust us wholly on this but we’re going with Warren Whiteley and co…
Hurricanes say forward clash the key in Crusaders semi

Hurricanes say forward clash the key in Crusaders semi

The Crusaders’ pack has more than 400 international caps among seven players while the Hurricanes will field just two international forwards.
Swys tells the Kiwis to stop ‘moaning’

Swys tells the Kiwis to stop ‘moaning’

Some observers in New Zealand have complained that the Lions don’t deserve their high finish in this year’s Super Rugby edition but their coach brushed that off.
Lions surprise with Erasmus gamble for Super Rugby semi

Lions surprise with Erasmus gamble for Super Rugby semi

Coach Swys de Bruin, however, insists his shuffle in the loose trio for the Waratahs isn’t controversial.

 

 

 

 

 

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