Chiefs Rugby

Chiefs suffer double injury blow

24-year-old Nepo Laulala, who made his debut for the All Blacks in 2015, tore his anterior cruciate ligament and two other ligaments in his right knee on Friday.

Cane, Cruden to lead Chiefs side

Tough year: Aaron Cruden will be looking forward to a fresh start in 2016.

The Chiefs have stuck with their formula of co-captains after naming All Blacks Aaron Cruden and Sam Cane to share the load for this year's Super Rugby championship.

Chiefs lose Messam and SBW to sevens

Liam Messam, left, and Sonny Bill Williams will be a big loss to the Chiefs next season.

The Chiefs are set to lose All Blacks stars Liam Messam and Sonny Bill Williams to sevens next season which, in addition to a cleanout of outside backs and locks, has left a gaping hole to fill in the franchise's 2016 Super Rugby roster.

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Highlanders beat Chiefs to book semi spot

On the rampage: Waisake Naholo of the Highlanders.

Winger Waisake Naholo has continued his outstanding as the Highlanders downed the Chiefs in a breathtaking encounter.

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Hurricanes outclass game Chiefs

Brought to ground: Sam McNicol tries to make a break for the Hurricanes but is tackled against the Chiefs.

The home town boys shone as the Hurricanes stamped their status as Super Rugby favourites with a 21-13 win over the Chiefs.

SBW set for Chiefs return

Sonny Bill Williams.

Vince Rugari   Sonny Bill Williams will not be wrapped in pre-World Cup cotton wool and is expected back on deck for the Chiefs next weekend against the Hurricanes, according to coach Dave Rennie.

Reds blunted in Horwill, Genia's farewell

Too easy: Liam Messam of the Chiefs runs in to score.

The Chiefs have ruined James Horwill and Will Genia's Suncorp Stadium farewell with a 24-3 win over the Queensland Reds on Saturday.

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Chiefs cement place with win over Bulls

Damian McKenzie gets away from Francois Hougaard.

Augustine Pulu scampered in for two tries in two minutes to steer the Chiefs to a 34-20 win over South Africa's Bulls on Friday.

'Season defining decision': Rennie slams TMO

Not happy: Chiefs coach Dave Rennie (R) with his assistant Tom Coventry.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has hit out at what he describes as a "season-defining" mistake by match officials late in their Super Rugby loss to the Hurricanes.

Hurricanes hold off barnstorming Chiefs

Still got it: Ma'a Nonu of the Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes all but wrapped up a Super Rugby home play-off with a 22-18 win over the Chiefs at Westpac Stadium on Saturday.

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Rebels wait news on Sean McMahon injury

Injury cloud: Sean McMahon of the Rebels leaves the field.

Melissa Woods   The Melbourne Rebels are still unclear on the severity of flanker Sean McMahon's hip injury suffered in their one-point Super Rugby win over the Chiefs.

Rebels' star Sean McMahon suffers hip injury

Sean McMahon of the Rebels leaves the field with an injury on Saturday.

Roy Ward   Melbourne Rebels' flanker Sean McMahon faces a nervous wait to see if his Super Rugby season or World Cup hopes are in jeopardy.

Melbourne Rebels upset Chiefs by a point

Lopeti Timani of the Rebels is challenged by Michael Fitzgerald of the Chiefs during Saturday's game.

Roy Ward   Some people scoffed when Melbourne Rebels spoke of their desire to upset the high-flying Chiefs and kickstart a run to their first ever Super Rugby finals series.

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Melbourne Rebels preparing for upset as battered Chiefs come to town

Dom Shipperley of the Rebels.

Roy Ward   The Rebels take on the Chiefs at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

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Cruden ruled out of Rugby World Cup for All Blacks

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 17:  Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs leaves the field during the round 10 Super Rugby match ...

Evan Pegden   The All Blacks have never lost when Aaron Cruden has started at five-eighth. They will have to do without him to defend their World Cup crown.

Cruden's Rugby World Cup campaign in doubt

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 17:  Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs leaves the field during the round 10 Super Rugby match ...

Even Pegden   All Blacks and Chiefs five-eighth Aaron Cruden is understood to have suffered a serious knee injury which could threaten his Rugby World Cup participation.

Cruden injured as Chiefs overwhelm Crusaders

Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs.

WELLINGTON, April 17 AAP - The Chiefs have delivered the Crusaders their second brutal lesson of the season, winning 26-9 in Christchurch to take top spot in the Super Rugby standings.

Chiefs consign Blues to seventh straight loss

Powerhouse: Michael Leitch pumps the legs for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs have maintained their Super Rugby momentum, scoring a late try on the way to closing out a 23-16 win over the bottom-of-the-table Blues in Hamilton.

Chiefs too good for Cheetahs

Destructive: Sonny Bill Williams on the charge on Saturday.

The Chiefs have overcome some heavy pressure and poor discipline to grind out a 37-27 Super Rugby win over the Cheetahs in Hamilton, with Sonny Bill Williams looking in good touch on his return from concussion.

Du Plessis cops four-week Super Rugby ban

Lengthy ban: Bismarck du Plessis (centre).

Sharks hooker Bismarck du Plessis was suspended for four weeks on Sunday after kicking an opponent during his team's narrow Super Rugby victory over the Chiefs in Durban on Saturday, SANZAR said.