Conrad Smith

Record breakers

Conrad Smith and Ma'a Nonu enter the record books

Daniel Gilhooly A Test rugby relationship that began on slow burn will scale new heights when All Blacks midfield pair Conrad Smith and Ma'a Nonu face the Springboks in Johannesburg.

Rugby

Matt Todd misses out as All Blacks welcome back Carter

Back in black: Dan Carter has been named in a 31-man New Zealand squad for the Rugby Championship.

Marc Hinton Dan Carter is back, as is Charles Piutau, but it is the selection of Sam Cane ahead of unlucky Crusader Matt Todd that might be considered the chief talking point of Steven Hansen's Rugby...

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Hurricanes v Crusaders

Westpac Stadium, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Canes' big hooker issues for Chiefs clash

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All three Hurricanes specialist hookers are in doubt for the Super Rugby game against the Chiefs which could be their last of the season.

PREVIEWS

Chiefs v Hurricanes

Going nowhere: Aaron Cruden is tackled by Nasi Manu.

Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)

Rugby

Chiefs revive Super Rugby hopes with win over Hurricanes

Back on track: Ben Tameifuna carts the ball up for the Chiefs towards Hurricanes forward Ardie Savea at Waikato Stadium.

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.

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Rugby

Ma'a Nonu set for return to the Hurricanes

Force of nature: Hurricanes centre Ma'a Nonu.

Toby Robson Ma'a Nonu return and the confirmation of Beauden Barrett's decision to stay put are set to counter balance any fall out should the Hurricanes' Super Rugby play-off drought stretch into its sixth year.

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Rugby

Israel Folau pushes for Australian Rugby Union to add sabbaticals option

Israel Folau says he is happy playing in Australia but can understand why players might want to take up offers overseas and still be available for Test selection.

Georgina Robinson Dual international Israel Folau has added his voice to calls for the Australian Rugby Union to introduce sabbaticals for its top players.

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Hammett sticks with stable Hurricanes team

The Hurricanes hope another stable selection will keep them on a Super Rugby winning streak when they face the Waratahs in Sydney.

Waratahs v Hurricanes

Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Rugby

RUGBY: Waratahs defence vital if they are to keep out Canes

Rupert Guinness For all the belief the Waratahs have in their attack, they know it could count for nought against the prolific try scorers of Super Rugby, the Hurricanes, on Saturday if they repeat their error...

Waratahs v Hurricanes

Israel Folau

Ash Grey The Waratahs host the Hurricanes in a vital match for the home team.

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Rebels v Hurricanes

AAMI Park, Melbourne, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)

Rugby Union

Wellington Hurricanes hand Melbourne Rebels another loss

Julian Savea of the Hurricanes is tackled by Mitch Inman and Scott Fuglistaller of the Rebels.

Melbourne Rebels left empty-handed as Hurricanes snatch 25-15 win in their Super Rugby clash.

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Five newcomers named in All Blacks training squad

Marc Hinton As expected, multi-faceted Blues second-rowforward Patrick Tuipulotu and powerhouse Highlanders midfielder Malakai Fekitoa have been rewarded for standout rookie Super Rugby campaigns with promotion...

Hurricanes v Highlanders

Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)

Hurricanes v Chiefs

Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Rugby

Chiefs slip from top six with humiliating loss to Hurricanes

On the way up: Hurricanes players celebrate a try against the Chiefs.

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.

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Blues v Hurricanes

Eden Park, Auckland, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Two new All Blacks caps to face England

Uncapped pair Malakai Fekitoa and Patrick Tuipulotu have been rewarded for breakout Super Rugby seasons with inclusion in the All Blacks squad to face England.