Blues bury jinx as Super Rugby marks mosque attacks

The Aucklanders have finally beaten a New Zealand opponent again … after three years.

The Blues snapped a three-year losing streak against New Zealand teams as they beat the Highlanders 33-26 on Friday in an emotional Super Rugby encounter a week after the Christchurch attacks.

Blues bury jinx as Super Rugby marks mosque attacks
Blues bury jinx as Super Rugby marks mosque attacks

Blues bury jinx as Super Rugby marks mosque attacks

The Aucklanders have finally beaten a New Zealand opponent again … after three years.

Sunwolves axed as Super Rugby changes AGAIN

Sunwolves axed as Super Rugby changes AGAIN

Sanzaar said it wasn’t prepared to bankroll the perennial wooden-spooners after Japan’s rugby board withdrew financial support.
Crusaders say grieving more important than name change talk

Crusaders say grieving more important than name change talk

The senior players said debate about a possible name change for the Christchurch-based Super Rugby club could take place later.
Frustration and fury for France after poor Six Nations campaign

Frustration and fury for France after poor Six Nations campaign

Fly-half Romain Ntamack said France have plenty to improve on ahead of this year’s World Cup after they ended the Six Nations with an unconvincing 25-14 victory over Italy.
Grand Slam has put a target on our backs: Jones

Grand Slam has put a target on our backs: Jones

Wales’s thumping 25-7 victory over Ireland to land the Six Nations Grand Slam on Saturday means the Welsh are no longer under the radar and have a target on their backs said inspirational captain Alun Wyn Jones.
Wales hammer Ireland to claim Grand Slam

Wales hammer Ireland to claim Grand Slam

Wales claimed a record third Six Nations Grand Slam of coach Warren Gatland’s reign Saturday as Gareth Anscombe kicked 20 points to help beat an ill-disciplined Ireland 25-7.
France struggle past Italy in their final Six Nations match

France struggle past Italy in their final Six Nations match

France struggled past Italy 25-14 to finish their disappointing Six Nations campaign with a second win, condemning the hosts to a 22nd straight defeat in the tournament.
Six Nations set for dramatic finish as rugby shake-up looms

Six Nations set for dramatic finish as rugby shake-up looms

Uncertainty over what will happen on the field is accompanied by uncertainty off it as the Six Nations heads into this weekend’s ‘Super Saturday’ finale.
Pocock and the Titanic – five things from Super Rugby

Pocock and the Titanic – five things from Super Rugby

Five talking points ahead of this week’s games in Super Rugby:
Mental health risk growing in sports, says All Blacks great

Mental health risk growing in sports, says All Blacks great

John Kirwan broke one of rugby’s biggest taboos when he revealed his battle with depression, but the All Blacks legend believes modern athletes are under more mental pressure than ever in the commercial era.
Springboks’ ‘Flo’ signs new deal with Bath

Springboks’ ‘Flo’ signs new deal with Bath

Veteran South Africa international Francois Louw has signed a new contract with Bath that will extend his stay at the English Premiership side into a ninth season, the club announced on Tuesday.

Crusaders punish Chiefs in nine-try romp

The Canterbury Crusaders latest fullback find Will Jordan scored two tries and Sevu Reece made the most of his lifeline as the Super Rugby champions flattened the Waikato Chiefs 57-28 in Christchurch on Saturday.
Ravenous Sunwolves and an old Bull: Super Rugby talking points

Ravenous Sunwolves and an old Bull: Super Rugby talking points

Five talking points ahead of this week’s round of Super Rugby games:
All Blacks out and the new Folau – five things from Super Rugby

All Blacks out and the new Folau – five things from Super Rugby

Five talking points ahead of this week’s round of Super Rugby games:
French rugby deaths ‘unusual spike’, says World Rugby chief Gosper

French rugby deaths ‘unusual spike’, says World Rugby chief Gosper

The recent deaths of four young French rugby players were an “unusual spike”, according to World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper, unveiling a five-point injury-prevention plan for 2019 that includes reassessing tackle height in a bid to reduce concussions.
Wallabies won’t ease eligibility rules like Boks: Castle

Wallabies won’t ease eligibility rules like Boks: Castle

Rugby Australia on Tuesday ruled out relaxing Wallabies’ player eligibility rules after South Africa announced it was scrapping Test selection restrictions aimed at preventing top talent heading abroad.
Highlanders edge Reds in try-fest

Highlanders edge Reds in try-fest

The Highlanders scored five tries to four, including a Shannon Frizzell double, with a late Dillon Hunt effort out wide enough to break the Reds’ hearts.
Weighty issues, Nonu no-go and Beale’s back: Super Rugby talking points

Weighty issues, Nonu no-go and Beale’s back: Super Rugby talking points

Five talking points ahead of Super Rugby’s second round of matches this weekend:
On the rugby pitch, a case of the blues for Les Bleus

On the rugby pitch, a case of the blues for Les Bleus

France’s rugby squad — who have lost 10 of their last 13 games — are not a happy bunch of players and coaches to be around at the moment.
Herbert Mensah aims to take African rugby to greater heights

Herbert Mensah aims to take African rugby to greater heights

The man behind a blossoming of rugby in Ghana has put up his hand to be elected the chairman of Rugby Africa early next month.
Penalty tries save Crusaders as Foley miss costs Waratahs

Penalty tries save Crusaders as Foley miss costs Waratahs

It continues the curious trend of all the away sides winning games.
Rebels, Highlanders win thrillers in Super Rugby openers

Rebels, Highlanders win thrillers in Super Rugby openers

Both teams rallied from being behind on the scoreboard.
‘Brutal’ derbies beckon as Super Rugby becomes World Cup trial

‘Brutal’ derbies beckon as Super Rugby becomes World Cup trial

Springbok lock Lood de Jager expects “more brutal than usual” clashes to be at the core of the 2019 Super Rugby season, as it becomes a 21-week trial for the World Cup.
Sunwolves face Super Rugby crunch as World Cup looms

Sunwolves face Super Rugby crunch as World Cup looms

Japan’s Sunwolves take a woeful track record into their fourth Super Rugby season with the growing threat of extinction hanging over the Tokyo-based franchise.
Former All Black Nonu dreaming of World Cup comeback

Former All Black Nonu dreaming of World Cup comeback

All Black legend Ma’a Nonu said Tuesday he was eyeing a World Cup comeback in Japan later this year but he first needed to prove himself at Super Rugby level with the Auckland Blues.
Leave it to ‘Beaver’ – cult hero Donald set for Super Rugby return

Leave it to ‘Beaver’ – cult hero Donald set for Super Rugby return

Fly-half Stephen Donald will return to Super Rugby at the grand old age of 35, more than seven years after he gained cult status by kicking New Zealand to victory in the 2011 World Cup final, the Waikato Chiefs announced Monday.

 

 

 

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