Vince Rugari Luck has completely deserted the Queensland Reds this season but captain James Slipper senses their fortunes may have finally turned.
Paul Cully The Hurricanes are stacked with Test stars but the Waratahs will have to do more than just shut the big names down.
Toby Robson It wasn’t quite the celebration the Hurricanes envisioned in front of their home crowd, but when you’ve won six straight the spectacle can be forgiven.
Nathan Burdon With so much X-factor under the roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium for the Highlanders' Super Rugby clash with the Hurricanes, the only certainty was that no-one would be going home early.
Hooker Dane Coles will miss Friday's Super Rugby clash against the Highlanders in Dunedin, but two other All Blacks will return to the Hurricanes' starting line-up.
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Toby Robson Winning start for new coach as Super Rugby franchise gets its first season opening win since 2010.
The Hurricanes won't have to look far if their regular goalkickers lose their groove this year.
Liam Napier John Kirwan's men took the result but not the spoils with a 32-29 win in Albany today.
Toby Robson Ma'a Nonu will skip the Hurricanes' season-opener against the Lions as he stays home in Wellington to await the birth of his third child.
Toby Robson Dan Carter's bright half hour wasn't enough to prevent the Crusaders losing 41-31 to the Hurricanes.
The Chiefs snapped a three-match losing streak to keep their Super Rugby hopes alive with a hard-fought 24-16 win over the Hurricanes at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on Friday.
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 Blacks centre Conrad Smith has been ruled out of the third Test against England and is likely to miss the remainder of the Super Rugby season after he broke his thumb in the 28-27 victory over Stuart Lancaster's side in Dunedin on Saturday.
Toby Robson Super Rugby's defending champions, the Chiefs, suddenly have some work to do after toppling out of the top six with a 45-8 loss to the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday night.