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 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.
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.
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.
A couple of late tries clinched a 28-7 victory for Canterbury Crusaders over Golden Lions Saturday in a Super Rugby match at Ellis Park.
It's a long-shot in a World Cup year but Quade Cooper says rugby's biggest stars would be drawn to playing an Anzacs clash to commemorate the Gallipoli conflict.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said Monday he will not shy away from axeing his ageing superstars if it boosts New Zealand's chances of defending next year's Rugby World Cup.
New Zealand forward Kieran Read will play his 100th Super Rugby match as the Crusaders look to continue their resurgence against New Zealand rivals, the Hurricanes, in Christchurch on Friday.
AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Saturday March 8, 5.35pm (AEDT)
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Richard Shute Crusaders v Chiefs at Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder continues to drop bombshells with All Blacks fullback Israel Dagg the latest casualty.
Daniel Gilhooly Cory Jane makes a rapid-fire return to the All Blacks wing while there are two unexpected changes in the forward pack to face Australia in Dunedin.
The All Blacks are tired of finishing Bledisloe Cup series on a low note.
Paul Cully AT THE start of his tenure, if you had offered Ewen McKenzie the chance to take on the All Blacks without Richie McCaw, Conrad Smith, Owen Franks, Cory Jane, Luke Romano and Dan Carter - all of whom...
Georgina Robinson NO WONDER Ewen McKenzie had mountains on the brain. The Wallabies had spent two days staring at the Remarkables, the mountain range that looms over Queenstown and hugs the south-eastern shore of the...
Georgina Robinson All eyes will be on Wallabies halves Quade Cooper and Will Genia in Dunedin.
Spiro Zavos ON Saturday night at Dunedin, Ewen McKenzie's Wallabies are facing a rampant All Blacks side looking hungrily for a 3-0 blackwash in Bledisloe Cup Tests this year.