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Wednesday 7 June 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Super Rugby

This year
# foul play
The first-ever 'upgraded' red card was shown in Super Rugby Pacific
Hurricanes prop Tevita Mafileo was sent off upon review by the TMO.
Last year
# Pastures new
Ireland prop Ryan signs for Chiefs Super Rugby team
The team have drafted in the 34-year-old as cover for injured New Zealand prop Angus Ta’avao.
# crus' control
Crusaders choke Blues into submission to win 13th Super Rugby title
A huge defensive shift, and a dismantling of the Blues’ lineout, saw Crusaders flip the script in Auckland.
# Beauden Boy
Barrett brilliance helps Auckland Blues to set up all-New Zealand Super Rugby Pacific final
The Canterbury Crusaders await in the final after defeating the ACT Brumbies.
# Super Rugby
Record defence puts heroic Crusaders into Super final
The 12-times champions extended their remarkable record of never losing a home knockout match.
# return of the Mc
Craig McGrath: From Boyne RFC to coaching the Blues in a Super Rugby semi
The Kiwi defence coach joined Eoin Toolan and Gavan Casey on Wednesday’s Rugby Weekly Extra, three days out from the Blues’ clash with the Brumbies.
# Super Rugby
All Blacks skipper Cane to undergo scan on knee injury, while Barrett drop goal downs Brumbies
Meanwhile, the Crusaders continued their ominous form with a ruthless rout of Pacific newcomers Fijian Drua, who have now lost 11 from 13.
# waikato chiefs
Moana Pasifika's Super Rugby debut delayed again
There were hopes they would take to the field against Waikato Chiefs on Sunday.
# Covid-19
Western Force release Australia international Timani because he's unvaccinated
Covid-19 travel regulations and policies will prevent Timani from playing this season.
All time
# Pacific Islands
Moana Pasifika continue to announce new signings ahead of Super Rugby 2022
The Fijian Drua are also joining the competition next year.
Maori All Black Wainui killed in car accident aged 25
Sonny Bill Williams has led tributes to the Super Rugby star.
# man of the world
Super Rugby newcomers Fijiian Drua appoint experienced Aussie as first ever head coach
Former AFL champion Mick Byrne has previously worked as skills coach for the All Blacks, Australia, Japan and Scotland.
# New Look
Super Rugby gets Pacific rebrand for new season
The competition will expand to 12 teams next year to include two Pacific Island sides.
# trans-tasman
Late burst ends Blues' 18-year Super title drought
The all-New Zealand final to the Australasian championship was an intensely physical battle.
# Super Rugby
Blues hammer Brumbies to stay top, Crusaders pummel Waratahs
New Zealand clubs continue to dominate the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman competition.
# Standing firm
No retirement u-turn for CJ Stander following approach from the Bulls
Bulls coach Jake White revealed that the Ireland international has ruled out a return.
# Highlights
The Kiwi teams are now 10/10 against the Aussies in Super Rugby
Richie Mo’unga starred again as the Crusaders hammered the Reds.
# trans-tasman
Heem triple in Blues romp, Chiefs tame Brumbies
Auckland have now posted 98 points from two matches in an impressive start to the competition.
# Let Off
Crusaders escape as Brumbies miss last-chance conversion
It went right down to the wire in Christchurch earlier.
# last men standing
Crusaders bounce back to set up Super Rugby Aotearoa final against Chiefs
After two uncharacteristic losses in their past three matches, the Crusaders fired on all cylinders.
# Wellington booted
Dramatic victory for the Chiefs thanks to last-gasp Damian McKenzie kick
The result puts the Chiefs ahead of the Auckland Blues in the race for a final berth.
# Super Rugby
McKenzie penalty sees Chiefs pip Crusaders in dramatic finish
The Crusaders scored three tries to two but were punished for infringements within kicking range as McKenzie landed four penalties.
# blues
King Carlos, Caucau, Dougie, and the most exciting club team of the pro era
The Blues ripped up the Super 12 in 2003 with a thrilling group of players.
# join the club
Fiji Drua and Moana Pasifika teams get licences to join Super Rugby next year
Two Pacific teams set to make up a 12-team competition from the 2022 season onwards.
# statement
New Zealand TV presenter apologises for using mock accent while describing Japanese player's display
Joe Wheeler was referring to Japanese international Kazuki Himeno after a Super Rugby Aotearoa match on Friday.
# Super Rugby
Late McKenzie magic sees Chiefs snatch win over Blues
Damian McKenzie ensured the Waikato Chiefs revival continued on Saturday.
# Super Rugby
Barrett scores all 30 as Hurricanes snap losing streak
Aaron Smith faced a special haka as he became the most capped Highlander ever.
# Super Rugby
This stunning try finish the highlight as Crusaders heap more misery on Chiefs
Leicester Fainga’anuku’s brilliant try arrived in the first half.
# bonzer
Super Rugby AU to stream live for free in Ireland
Western Force and Rob Kearney’s meeting with the Rebels on Friday will be available to watch on World Rugby’s website.
# Irish Abroad
23-year-old Birr man Regan makes Super Rugby debut for the Highlanders
The Crusaders came out on top in the Super Rugby Aotearoa opener in Dunedin.
# heir apparent
Son of Australia rugby legend signs for Queensland Reds
Tom Lynagh, 17, has signed a two-and-a-half year deal until 2023.
# Down Under
Australia and New Zealand sides to face off in new trans-Tasman Super Rugby tournament
The event will be run off over six weeks from 14 May, kicking off after each country completes a domestic tournament.
# new chapter
Rob Kearney signs one-year deal with Australian side Western Force
The 34-year-old completes the move following his recent departure from Leinster and Ireland.
# Onwards
Queensland Reds edge out Melbourne Rebels to book Super Rugby final spot
The ACT Brumbies will provide the opposition in next week’s decider.
# Boks Clever
Handre Pollard backs plans for more South African sides to join Pro14
Reports that Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers could trade Super Rugby for Pro14.
# all to play for
Waratahs keep Super Rugby hopes alive after edging out Rebels in nine-try thriller
It finished 38-32 to send the season to the wire.
# Stalemate
Super Rugby goes from world's best to unholy mess
Governing body SANZAAR insists it still has a part to play, even though Australia and New Zealand have left it out in the cold on discussions about Super Rugby’s future.
# NZ
Highlanders finish on a high as virus brings 'bizarre' ending to Super Rugby competition
The Otago side stormed home to beat the Hurricanes.
# Onslaught
Young Wallaby hot shot scores emotional try as Reds hold off charging Rebels
Jordan Petaia bagged the opening try on his return to action after his father died suddenly this month.
# Super Rugby
Crusaders win Super Rugby NZ title with trademark late surge
Three tries in the final quarter secured their fourth successive Super title.