Marc Hinton Steve Hansen has sprung a Bledisloe selection surprise of his own, picking the in-form Ben Smith at fullback and dropping a fully fit Israel Dagg for the first time since he became the first-choice...
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder continues to drop bombshells with All Blacks fullback Israel Dagg the latest casualty.
Paul Cully The awful truth about the Wallabies' hammering last weekend is that by 2015 the All Blacks could roll out an entirely different back line and dish it out all over again.
Mark Reason Suddenly these All Blacks didn't look half the team that some people had assumed they were.
Liam Napier From the fringe to centre stage, Ryan Crotty will start his first test for the All Blacks in Saturday's rematch with the Wallabies at Eden Park.
Marc Hinton There is a spring in the step of the record-chasing All Blacks as they prepare for a Bledisloe Cup opener of monumental proportions – a situation assistant coach Ian Foster takes as a very good...
AMI Park, Christchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)
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.
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...
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...
Georgina Robinson History can take a walk on Saturday night.
Richard Knowler Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has predictably made no changes for Saturday night's Super Rugby grand final against the Waratahs in Sydney.
ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Saturday 7.40pm (AEST)
Paul Cully Here are five reasons why the Waratahs will be cruelly denied on Saturday night.
Mat Kermeen Putting the boot away could be the key to keeping Waratahs dangerman Israel Folau quiet in Saturday's Super Rugby final in Sydney against the Crusaders.
Stephen Samuelson Will the minor-premiers continue their winning streak against the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium?
All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw will miss the Crusaders' crucial final round Super Rugby clash with the Highlanders in Christchurch on Saturday.
AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)
Paul Cully The Waratahs won't be getting carried away after the thumping win against the Highlanders last week.
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.