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Catalans respond to Folau not taking a knee (00:34)
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5hSam Bruce

Aotearoa R8: Surely that was a Crusaders knock-on?

The Crusaders are closing in on a fourth title in as many years, but only after they appeared to be the beneficiaries of a hugely fortunate call that again went against the Chiefs. Full Round 8 review here.

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Wallabies announce themselves in Brumbies-Reds thriller

It had been earmaked as a potential Grand Final preview and virtual Wallabies trial and the Brumbies-Reds clash in Canberra certainly didn't disappoint, the performance of a dynamic Reds duo in particular.

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Folau refuses to kneel in Super League

Outspoken former Wallaby and NRL player Israel Folau has courted more controversy by refusing to join teammates and opponents in taking a knee to acknowledge the Black Lives Matter movement in Super League's return on Sunday.

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Blues break Dunedin drought against Highlanders (01:30)
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Christie double keeps Blues title hopes alive

Finlay Christie scored an early try in each half as the Blues beat the Highlanders in their Super Rugby Aotearoa clash in Dunedin to keep the race for the domestic title still alive.

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Panthers smash Manly at Brookvale  (01:28)
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Mack Hansen kicks Brumbies to victory at the death (01:30)
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Penalty delivers Brumbies Super Rugby win

The Brumbies remain unbeaten in Super Rugby AU after breaking Queensland hearts with a thrilling 22-20 victory after the siren in Canberra.

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Raiders claim nail-biting win over the Cowboys (01:31)
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Crusaders edge closer to title after win against Chiefs (01:30)
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Roosters escape the Titans (01:30)
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Smith, Cruden to join Japan's Kobe Steelers

New Zealand World Cup winners Ben Smith and Aaron Cruden will join Kobe Steelers, the Japanese rugby union team said on Friday, following in the footsteps of other high-profile compatriots like Dan Carter.

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Rob Simmons to leave Waratahs

NSW Waratahs captain Rob Simmons will be departing the club for overseas opportunities at the end of the Super Rugby AU season, the team confirmed on Friday.

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Exeter branding decision 'two fingers up to minorities' (01:22)
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4dSam Bruce

Petaia's return should erase any anger over Suaalii situation

The whirlwind chase for Joseph Suaalii may have disappointed Australian rugby fans both for the way it occurred and its likely end result. But it is no good holding onto that anger, particularly when Jordan Petaia has been named to make his return.

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Bennett: No one more experienced to help Suaalii (00:36)
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Exeter Chiefs keep logo, but retire 'Big Chief'

English Premiership leaders Exeter Chiefs said they will keep their logo but retire mascot 'Big Chief' following a review of the club's branding in the wake of a petition calling for an end to their use of "harmful imagery".

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World Rugby would back Pacific Super team

The Pacific Island Rugby Players Union has welcomed comments from World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont that it could offer funding to help a Pasifika team take part in a revamped Super Rugby competition from next year.