Super Rugby Aotearoa's blockbuster finale is at risk of being played within an empty stadium or even not at all after New Zealand reintroduced restrictions following a COVID-19 breakout in Auckland.
Rugby Australia interim CEO Rob Clarke announced the formal part of the broadcast process has begun as RA attempt to seal the code's broadcast future, as D-day looms for New Zealand Rugby's inclusion in a trans-Tasman competition.
There is no break dancing, yet. But while Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has put his moves on hold for seven days, his side's latest triumph will have many in New Zealand again asking why he wasn't given the All Blacks job.
The Crusaders weren't at their best on Sunday, yet they underlined their status as a champion by fighting back to defeat the Highlanders and claim the inaugural Super Rugby Aotearoa trophy.
Warren Gatland says he would like to continue coaching at New Zealand's Chiefs next year if the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa is unable to go ahead due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
New Zealand Rugby has paid tribute to trailblazing former All Blacks lock Andy Haden, who died on Wednesday following a long battle with cancer.
The rugby world has fallen for Super Rugby Aotearoa. But so too are New Zealand's players, who are getting injured in increasing numbers. It has revealed an unlikely bargaining chip for Rugby Australia, Sam Bruce writes.
Former All Blacks winger Julian Savea has joined the Hurricanes for the remainder of their Super Rugby Aotearoa season, the team said on Monday.
We have ourselves a competition. The Hurricanes' upset of the Crusaders has set up a thrilling conclusion to Super Rugby Aotearoa, just as the battle for All Blacks spots is also really starting to hot up.
The Blues got back on the winning path as they sent the Chiefs crashing to an unwanted record with a 21-17 victory in a defensively focussed Super Rugby Aotearoa clash at Eden Park.
Beauden Barrett was less than impressed with the welcome he received from his former hometown fans last week in Super Rugby Aotearoa and is hopeful that New Zealand crowds will stop booing opposition teams.
South African rugby will not be left without high-level provincial and international competition because of coronavirus-related concerns, national union chief executive Jurie Roux says.
World Champions South Africa will either play in the Rugby Championship in New Zealand later this year or embark on a tour to Europe, but will not have space on the calendar for both, officials confirmed on Tuesday.
Australian sides would be a welcome addition to a trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition if only to give New Zealand teams a rest from beating each other up every week, Hurricanes assistant coach Cory Jane has said.
Sio Tomkinson scored a try after the final siren as the Otago Highlanders rallied from an early 24-0 deficit and produced a storming second half to beat the Waikato Chiefs 33-31.
A neck injury to Otere Black is expected to see Beauden Barrett return to his preferred fly-half position next week, which should give him a chance to recoup lost ground to Richie Mo'unga in the battle for the All Blacks No. 10 jersey.
A 77th minute Issak Fines try was enough to take down a sorry NSW Waratahs as the Brumbies secured their fourth consecutive victory.
Jordie Barrett outshone his older brother Beauden after slotting a 76th minute sideline conversion to kick the Hurricanes to victory in the final minutes of their 29-27 victory over the Blues.
New Zealand Rugby hopes to set up a new competition involving "eight to ten" teams after it unveiled the major findings of its Aratipu review on Friday, with the establishment of a Pacific Island outfit a key objective.
Stricter interpretations around the tackle in Super Rugby Aotearoa are allowing sides to ignore contesting the breakdown and fan out across the field making defences more like rugby league, Chiefs assistant Roger Randle has said.
Sydney, July 15th, 2000. The Wallabies and All Blacks produced a Bledisloe Cup match that would go onto be known as the "Greatest Test ever played". Twenty years on to the day, the script remains almost as unbelievable as it was back then.
Former World Cup-winning All Black Richard Kahui has made a surprise return to southern hemisphere rugby by signing with Western Force in Australia's domestic Super Rugby AU competition.
- NZL3rdTries Scored 1st South Africa : 11 Tries ScoredSA1st711
- NZL3rdPoints Difference 1st South Africa : 51 Points DifferenceSA1st-1751