Duncan Johnstone The Crusaders will know on Monday whether Richie McCaw will require surgery on a broken thumb that will have him absent from their struggling Super Rugby campaign for up to eight weeks.
Rule of thumb
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will miss about half of the Crusaders' Super Rugby season after breaking a bone in his thumb.
The All Blacks have gambled on injured Richie McCaw being fit for their showdown Test against the Springboks early next month, and named the talismanic skipper in the 28-man touring squad.
The All Blacks suffered a double blow on the eve of Saturday's Test against the Wallabies with captain Richie McCaw and wing Cory Jane ruled out after picking up injuries in training.
Veteran flanker Richie McCaw has been included in a 30-man All Blacks squad to train in Auckland this week.
Paul Cully Richie McCaw has revealed that he told the NZRU that the Graham Henry-led ticket was the better option than appointing Robbie Deans after the All Blacks' 2007 World Cup failure.
AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Saturday March 8, 5.35pm (AEDT)
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Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder continues to drop bombshells with All Blacks fullback Israel Dagg the latest casualty.
Georgina Robinson This was a year of big matches and big stories, but nothing trumps a coaching change at the top, especially not one with the dramatic build-up and aftermath of Robbie Deans's departure.
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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen expects star flank Richie McCaw to start against the Springboks at Ellis Park Saturday in the Rugby Championship title decider.
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw returns from injury to play his 120th Test in one of two starting changes to the side to face South Africa in Johannesburg.
South Africa against New Zealand at Ellis Park is the game's ultimate Test and Saturday is no different, writes Mick Cleary.
The All Blacks beat South Africa 38-27 in a pulsating nine-try Test at Johannesburg to defend their Rugby Championship title.
Paul Cully There were fears before the game that this game would send the Wallabies back to Marseille, 2007.
Paul Cully The Rugby Championship is done and dusted for another year, but who were the players that caught the eye? It is hard to go past the All Blacks for the bulk of the side.
Rupert Guinness Breakaway Michael Hooper believes the true value of the Wallabies' victory against Argentina last weekend will only be fully known by how well Australia play against the All Blacks in Dunedin on...
Outside back Cory Jane has been included in the All Blacks' squad for the third Bledisloe Cup clash with Australia, just over a week after coming back from a long spell on the sidelines.
Georgina Robinson Wallabies coach backs form of incumbent five-eighth ahead of dead rubber.