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.
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.
Former All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter will make a return to his native Canterbury for his first rugby game in New Zealand since 2015 at the weekend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dan Carter's shock move to the Blues has certainly shaken things up around Canterbury, while his father Neville won't be jumping ship and abandoning the Crusaders.
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.
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?
Two-time World Cup winner Dan Carter lobbed at Blues training on Thursday morning, five years after he left New Zealand and Super Rugby.
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.
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.
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.
After a three month break rugby is finally back with Super Rugby Aotearoa to kick off on Saturday with the Highlanders hosting the Chiefs.
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.
New Zealand Rugby [NZR] have confirmed Super Rugby Aotearoa will kick off as early as next month with the first match to take place on Saturday June 13.
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.
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