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Clarke ready to repay under-fire Foster's faith

Caleb Clarke was as surprised as anyone when he was named in the New Zealand starting XV for their Rugby Championship clash against South Africa in Nelspruit on Saturday but is ready to repay the faith under-fire coach Ian Foster has shown in him.

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Papalii comes into AB side for second Ireland test

New Zealand coach Ian Foster has made one enforced change to his starting side for Saturday's second test against Ireland in Dunedin, bringing in Dalton Papalii at blindside flanker and shifting Scott Barrett to lock.

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Reds secure much-needed home victory

The Reds were cruelly denied a crucial bonus point but were still celebrating the end of a four-game Super Rugby losing run against Moana Pasifika in Brisbane.

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Crusaders rout Drua in Super statement

The Crusaders have put their Super Rugby Pacific rivals on notice with a ruthless win over the Fijian Drua to strengthen their hold on second place.

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Rebels pipped by Chiefs in Super thriller

Melbourne's quest for Super Rugby Pacific redemption has fallen just short, with the Rebels going down to the Chiefs 33-30 in a Sunday afternoon thriller.

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Hurricanes roar to Super win over Waratahs

Skipper Ardie Savea has saved the day for the Hurricanes with a late try securing a 22-18 win over the Waratahs in a pulsating Super Rugby Pacific clash in Sydney.

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Reds cop Super thrashing at hands of Blues

A second-half Blues' blitz has consigned the Queensland Reds to a fourth straight Super Rugby Pacific loss, the visitors beaten 53-26 at Eden Park.

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Super Round festival of rugby misses the mark

Australian and New Zealand rugby executives will have plenty to ponder following the inaugural Super Round in Melbourne, after the event brought in average crowds and left those that did attend wanting much more.

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Brumbies save Australian rugby from embarrassing whitewash

Executives will be breathing a sigh of relief on Sunday after the Brumbies saved Australian rugby from an embarrassing 4-0 whitewash to Kiwi sides when they downed the Highlanders in the penultimate match of the inaugural Super Round in Melbourne.

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Rebels have no answer for Super Crusaders

Melbourne Rebels have been unable to square the ledger with the Kiwi teams, crashing to a 42-17 defeat by the heavyweight Crusaders to wrap up Super Round in Melbourne.

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Brumbies break through for Aus. Super win

The Brumbies restored some pride in Australian rugby by claiming the first Kiwi scalp of Super Round with a hard-fought 28-17 victory over the Highlanders.

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Highlanders break Super Rugby loss streak

The Highlanders have ended a six-match losing streak from the start of the Super Rugby Pacific season with a 35-17 win over Moana Pasifika in Dunedin.

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Waratahs down Fijian Drua in Super Rugby

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper has made a successful comeback as the NSW Waratahs crushed an ill-disciplined Fijian Drua 38-14 to keep their Super Rugby Pacific finals hopes alive.

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Crusaders edge Highlanders in Super Rugby

The Crusaders have held on through a scoreless second half and with 14 men for the last three minutes to beat the Highlanders 17-14 in Super Rugby Pacific.

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McKellar calls for orange card following Banks red

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar has called for the introduction of an orange card following a "ridiculous" red card for Tom Banks in the one-point win over the Western Force.

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Late McKenzie kick again delivers Chiefs the win

Damian McKenzie kicked a penalty after the full time hooter to give the Waikato Chiefs a 26-24 victory over the Wellington Hurricanes in Hamilton on Friday and keep them on course for a spot in the Super Rugby Aotearoa final.