Israel Dagg

Crusaders drop Israel Dagg to reserves

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder continues to drop bombshells with All Blacks fullback Israel Dagg the latest casualty.

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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Bernard Foley is not intimidated by the Crusaders in Super Rugby final

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Georgina Robinson History can take a walk on Saturday night. 

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Rugby

Crusaders too sharp for woeful Sharks

Crusaders 36 Sharks 6.

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.

Rugby

NSW Waratahs forward Will Skelton proves size matters

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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...

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Crusaders v Sharks

AMI Park, Christchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Richie McCaw out for Crusaders

Sidelined: Richie McCaw.

All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw will miss the Crusaders' crucial final round Super Rugby clash with the Highlanders in Christchurch on Saturday.

Crusaders v Highlanders

AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Rugby

Dan Carter is a red flag for the Waratahs' title hopes - at No.10

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Paul Cully The Waratahs won't be getting carried away after the thumping win against the Highlanders last week.

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Carter on Crusaders bench in rugby return

He's back: Dan Carter.

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.

Crusaders v Blues

AMI Stadium, Chrsitchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Dan Carter, Kieran Read recalled to Crusaders starting line-up

Dan Carter.

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has thrown caution to the wind and named All Blacks duo Dan Carter and Kieran Read in the starting side for Saturday's crunch Super Rugby match against the Blues.

Blues left struggling after hiding by Crusaders

Crusaders 21 Blues 13 Richard Knowler The power of Nemani Nadolo has probably killed the Blues' Super Rugby title hopes after the Crusaders won a brutal encounter in Christchurch on Saturday night.

Rugby

Nemani Nadolo brace leads Crusaders to win over Blues

Wrapped up: Crusaders veteran Andy Ellis is smashed by Blues forward Tony Woodcock.

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.

Rugby

Five things we learned from Wallabies-France third Test

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Stephen Samuelson Five talking points from Australia's big win over the French in the third Test.

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Crusaders v Brumbies

AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Saturday 2.35pm (AEST)

Reds v Crusaders

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Sunday 4.05pm (AEST)

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...

Concussed Read to miss Sharks clash

Skipper Kieran Read will again be on the sidelines when the Crusaders take on Super Rugby leaders the Sharks in Christchurch as he continues his recovery from concussion.

Crusaders v Sharks

AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)