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.

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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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.

Ben Smith gets first All Blacks fullback start

Daniel Gilhooly Ben Smith makes a long-awaited start at fullback for the All Blacks after Israel Dagg hobbled out of contention for the second Test against England.

Rugby

Michael Hooper symbolises youth versus ageing All Blacks

Paul Cully

Paul Cully Michael Hooper is 10 years the junior of this week's opposite.

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New Zealand All Blacks v England - Second Test

Richie McCaw

Stephen Samuelson Live coverage as the New Zealand All Blacks host England in the Second Test.

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Rugby

New Zealand All Blacks clinch series against England

Richie McCaw

Daniel Gilhooly Dunedin: The All Blacks spluttered into life in the second half to hold off England 28-27 in the second Test in Dunedin and clinch their three-match series.

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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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Rugby

Quade Cooper draws down credit with poor second half for Reds against Hurricanes

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Paul Cully When you play as well as Quade Cooper did on the end of season tour last year, you put a fair bit of capital in the bank.

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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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Rugby

Adam Ashley-Cooper wary of Hurricanes backline

Adam Ashley-Cooper is crunched by the Bulls' defence.

Georgina Robinson The Waratahs are coming up against one of the most superb back lines in Super Rugby this weekend.

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...