Liam Napier Robbie Deans made a timely appearance in Auckland on Tuesday and, of course, discussion centred on the shambolic state of Australian rugby.
Liam Napier Hobbled but far from despondent, Dan Carter portrayed a mixture of frustration and resolve as he spoke about his latest injury setback for the first time today.
Georgina Robinson The Waratahs have ended almost two decades of pain, winning their maiden Super Rugby title by the slimmest of margins.
David Polkinghorne Momentum is hard to stop and Wallabies prop Ben Alexander believes if the NSW Waratahs win their inaugural Super Rugby title then it will help springboard the Australian side to ending its 12-year Bledisloe Cup drought.
Paul Cully Big man, big occasion, big impact. No one else in Australia could have done what Will Skelton did in setting up that try for Bernard Foley to put the icing on the Waratahs' cake in their Super Rugby semi-final on Saturday night.
Chris Dutton The Brumbies✓ have thrown their support behind the Waratahs to win their first Super Rugby title
Peter FitzSimons Oh people my people, “’Tah-gics” all ... Long, long have we suffered, meandering in ever diminishing numbers through the shadow of the Valley of Death, heaped with derision and suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, but now, now my people, the hour of redemption is upon us. For we can see the Promised Land up ahead!
Georgina Robinson Michael Hooper wasn't ready to think about his first ever shot at a Super Rugby title on Saturday night.
Georgina Robinson The Waratahs won a minor premiership off the back of four-try bonus points but it was heroic defence that will see them play their first home final in Super Rugby history against the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium next week.
Richard Knowler The adventurous Crusaders pulled out their swords and ruthlessly filleted the Sharks to book a place in next week’s Super Rugby grand final.
Captain Richie McCaw entered the annals of New Zealand rugby folklore by playing in the 2011 World Cup with a broken foot but the pain was nothing compared to taking on England last month with fractured ribs.
Two tries to the Crusaders' powerhouse Fijian winger Nemani Nadolo wrapped up a 21-13 Super Rugby win over the Blues in Christchurch on Saturday.
Lock Blade Thomson provided the finish to two counter-attacks to help the Hurricanes keep their Super Rugby play-off hopes alive with a 16-9 win over the Crusaders in Wellington.
All Black five-eighth Dan Carter has been named to return on a Crusaders bench packing serious firepower for their Super Rugby game against the Hurricanes in Wellington.
Former All Blacks winger Zac Guildford has had his contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union terminated, freeing him for a move to France.
The Crusaders have received a huge boost for their key Super Rugby clash with the Western Force with skipper Kieran Read to return after six weeks.
Hulking Highlanders winger Patrick Osborne was denied an 80th minute match-winning try as the Crusaders hung on for a 32-30 Super Rugby win in Dunedin on Saturday.