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Cruden ruled out of Rugby World Cup for All Blacks

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 between the Crusaders and the Chiefs at AMI Stadium on April 17, 2015 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

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.

Three red cards as Sharks edge Chiefs

Ugly encounter:  Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs faces off with  Cobus Reinach of the Sharks.

Three players were sent off during the first half as the Sharks edged the Chiefs 12-11 in a bruising Super Rugby clash in Durban.

Classy Cruden inspires Chiefs to barnstorming win

Ice cool Crudes: Aaron Cruden scored a try, kicked two conversions and nailed three penalties during his side's win over the Stormers in Cape Town.

Evan Pegden   First-five at his creative best as the Chiefs hand the Stormers their first loss of the Super Rugby season.

Highlanders win gripping contest with Chiefs

Augustine Pulu of the Chiefs is tackled.

Evan Pegden   Highlanders win thrilling Super Rugby match with Chiefs 20-17 in Hamilton.

Chiefs teach the Crusaders a lesson in Hamilton

Just like that: James Lowe dives over to score for the Chiefs.

Richard Knowler in Hamilton   The Chiefs ran inĀ five tries to thump the Crusaders 40-16 at Waikato Stadium on Saturday night.

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Chiefs v Crusaders

Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

SBW returns as Chiefs make 11 changes

Back in favour: All Black lock Brodie Retallick will return to the Chiefs lineup.

Evan Pegden   The Chiefs have made 11 changes to their starting XV to take on the Crusaders in a key New Zealand Conference derby at Waikato Stadium on Saturday night, including four positional switches.

Dynamic duo still in doubt for date with Chiefs

In doubt: No decision has been made on whether Crusaders stars Israel Dagg, left, and Dan Carter, centre, will return from injury for Saturday night's Super Rugby clash with the Chiefs.

Richard Knowler   The clock is ticking for Dan Carter and Israel Dagg to be fit in time for Saturday's clash with the Chiefs.

Chiefs beat Brumbies at the death

Charlie Ngatai of the Chiefs beats the tackle of Matt Toomua.

Chris Dutton   Aaron Cruden's last-minute penalty kicks Chiefs to two-point win against Brumbies.

Live Super Rugby: Chiefs v Brumbies

Brumbies halfback Nic White in action.

Chris Dutton   A replay of the 2013 Super Rugby decider, except this time the Chiefs possess Sonny Bill Williams.

Chiefs v Brumbies

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 14:  Sonny Bill Williams of the Chiefs warms up prior to the round one Super Rugby match between the Blues and the Chiefs at QBE Stadium on February 14, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)

SBW's back in rugby bigger and better, say Chiefs

Sonny Bill Williams starred in his first game back for the Chiefs last week.

Chris Dutton   New Plymouth: Sonny Bill Williams is a "machine" on the field, but Waikato Chiefs monster Ben Tameifuna says the cross-code superstar's off-field presence will be the decisive factor in lifting the club back to Super Rugby supremacy.

Chiefs No.7 jersey opens up for Cane

Free run: Sam Cane of the Chiefs.

Emma Stoney   For the first time since 2010 Sam Cane isn't in a battle with Tanerau Latimer for the Chiefs' No.7 jersey.

Pocock's horror injury run in Canberra continues

David Pocock tries to muscle past James Horwill on Friday night.

David Polkinghorne   Flanker's injury run continues with former Wallabies captain ruled out of Friday night's clash against the Chiefs.

Chiefs hold on to beat Blues in Auckland

Crunch time: Lolagi Visinia of the Blues tackles Sonny Bill Williams.

Sonny Bill Williams inspired the Chiefs to open their Super Rugby campaign by holding off a late charge by the Blues for a 23-18 win in Auckland.

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