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.
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...
Westpac Stadium, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)
All three Hurricanes specialist hookers are in doubt for the Super Rugby game against the Chiefs which could be their last of the season.
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)
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.
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.
Georgina Robinson Dual international Israel Folau has added his voice to calls for the Australian Rugby Union to introduce sabbaticals for its top players.
The Hurricanes hope another stable selection will keep them on a Super Rugby winning streak when they face the Waratahs in Sydney.
Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)
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...
Ash Grey The Waratahs host the Hurricanes in a vital match for the home team.
AAMI Park, Melbourne, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)
Melbourne Rebels left empty-handed as Hurricanes snatch 25-15 win in their Super Rugby clash.
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...
Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)
Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)
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.
Eden Park, Auckland, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)
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.