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1dReuters

Carter wows locals, says he was 'a bit rusty'

Dan Carter gave himself a pass mark after his first game of rugby in New Zealand since 2015 but was not expecting to make a marketers' dream debut for the Blues next week against the Crusaders.

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2dReuters

Barrett signs in Japan, miss Super Rugby in 2021

New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett will miss Super Rugby next year and play for Suntory Sungoliath in Japan's Top League, but he will be available for the three-times world champions' international programme, the Blues said on Friday.

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6dSam Bruce

Aotearoa R3: New Zealand production line in full swing

The results in Round 3 of Super Rugby Aotearoa went to plan, but the games were closer than many thought they would be. It also showcased two rising talents in New Zealand rugby, and the importance of good decision-making.

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8dReuters

Blues stay unbeaten after Highlanders blow late opportunity

The Highlanders could have brought on the first golden-point of Super Rugby Aotearoa, but they instead kicked for the corner and then turned the ball over from the lineout to let the Blues off the hook on Saturday night.

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13dSam Bruce

Is this the next great All Blacks No. 8?

Super Rugby Aotearoa again produced a heap of penalties as players continue to adapt to a greater focus on the game's laws at the breakdown. But the Blues are two from two, and their big No. 8 continues to impress right across the paddock.

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15dReuters

Barrett gives Blues breathing room to beat Chiefs

Beauden Barrett sparked a final quarter resurgence by the Blues that carried them to a 24-12 win over the Chiefs in New Zealand's Super Rugby Aotearoa competition on Saturday.

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18dSam Bruce

Trans-Tasman comp has support of All Blacks great

Australia's Super Rugby chief executives have been invited to be part of a conference call with their New Zealand counterparts as All Blacks great Justin Marshall says both nations need each other moving forward.

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20dLiam Napier

Super Rugby Aotearoa reignites Kiwis' love of rugby

Penalties might have flowed freely, but that did little to diminish Super Rugby Aotearoa's opening weekend, the competition reaping the rewards as the public fell for the national sport again, Liam Napier writes.

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21dReuters

Coles has his moment, but Beaudy has last laugh

Beauden Barrett saw Dane Coles' eyes light up as the hooker barrelled towards him early in their Super Rugby Aotearoa clash on Sunday and was left with no doubt how his former Hurricanes teammate felt about his move to the Blues.

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21dReuters

Blues down Hurricanes in front of packed Eden Park

Otere Black outshone his more illustrious team mate Beauden Barrett to give the Blues a winning start in Super Rugby Aotearoa as they beat the Hurricanes 30-20 at a sold-out Eden Park on Sunday.

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24dSam Bruce

NZ Rugby embraces 'autonomy, innovation' as rugby's first returners

New Zealand Rugby is the beneficiary of the nation's outstanding response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Super Rugby Aotearoa to kick-off this weekend. The first rugby competition to return across the globe, it will look a little bit different.

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24dSam Bruce

Super Rugby Aotearoa's Most Valuable Players: 10-1

The wait is almost over, Super Rugby Aotearoa is now just a couple of days away. To celebrate, we've come up with our list of the top 20 Most Valuable Players for the new competition. Introducing the top 10.

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24dSam Bruce

Super Rugby Aotearoa's Most Valuable Players: 20-11

The wait is almost over, Super Rugby Aotearoa is now just a couple of days away. To celebrate, we've come up with our list of the top 20 Most Valuable Players for the new competition.

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26dSam Bruce

Rugby is back! Breaking down Super Rugby Aotearoa

Super Rugby Aotearoa will be the first professional rugby competition to take place amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With returning superstars, shock personnel additions and new laws, it's set to be one helluva tournament.

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30dSam Bruce

Has Dan Carter still got it at age 38?

Dan Carter's shock move to the Blues has added yet another level of intrigue to Super Rugby Aotearoa. But what should we expect from the All Blacks great five years after he last played in New Zealand?

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9dESPN Staff

Super Rugby Aotearoa Rd 3: Line-ups, odds, tips

Round three of Super Rugby Aotearoa promises plenty of action with the Blues returning to Eden Park to take on the winless Highlanders in front of a packed out stadium, while the Crusaders will play their first game at home against the Chiefs.

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2dESPN Staff

SR Aotearoa R4: Line-ups, odds, analysis

Four weeks in and two teams remain unbeaten as we close in on the halfway mark. While the Hurricanes are all but out of title contention, the four remaining sides have time to move their way to the top of the ladder.

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16dESPN Staff

Super Rugby Aotearoa Rd 2: Line-ups, odds, tips

Round 1 of Super Rugby Aotearoa was played before record crowds and this weekend's match-ups in Hamilton and Wellington are both likely to draw plenty of spectators once again.

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23dESPN Staff

Super Rugby Aotearoa Rd 1: Team lists

After a three month break rugby is finally back with Super Rugby Aotearoa to kick off on Saturday with the Highlanders hosting the Chiefs.

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48dESPN staff

Barrett breaks Blues fitness record first day back

Prized Blues recruit Beauden Barrett has emerged from New Zealand's lockdown in astounding condition, certainly if his effort in Monday's "Bronco" fitness was anything to go by anyway.

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69dESPN staff

NZ to review Super Rugby; committed to SANZAAR

The review, to be called Aratipu, will look at all facet's of the country's Super Rugby involvement and how it can grow, regenerate and invigorate the competition after a prolonged period of falling interest.

2020 RankingsSuper Rugby

  • BLUES5th
    Tries Scored 1st Queensland Reds : 32 Tries Scored
    REDS1st
    25
    32
  • BLUES5th
    Points Difference 1st Brumbies : 93 Points Difference
    BRUMB1st
    58
    93