Super 14

Rugby

Matt Hodgson wins Western Force top rugby award

Western Force's Matt Hodgson capped off a great season with the win.

Western Force skipper Matt Hodgson capped off an outstanding Super Rugby season by winning the franchise's Nathan Sharpe Medal.

Rugby union

Rebels aim to lift for Crusaders' clash

Locked and loaded: Hugh Pyle.

Melbourne Rebels lock Hugh Pyle says a brutal match-review session has left the players in no doubt about what's required in Friday's Super Rugby clash with the Crusaders.

Faumuina out for 4-6 weeks

Faumuina

Blues and All Blacks prop Charlie Faumuina probably won't play Super Rugby again until May after damaging his calf muscle.

Reds unleash Big Ed to counter Tahs

Ed O?Donoghue

"If you're going to go to a gunfight you might as well take the right weapons."

Australian team of the week

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Greg Growden picks the form team from the Australian conference. Teams in brackets followed by number of times selected.

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Mitchell set to return from injury

Drew Mitchell

Georgina Robinson   Test winger Drew Mitchell will go to South Africa with the Waratahs this morning and may be up for selection against the Cheetahs in two weeks' time.

Ewen McKenzie

Conference call: closeness a sign of competition's growing strength

Ewen McKenzie dinkus

Ewen McKenzie   I was asked on New Zealand radio yesterday about the relative strength of the Australian conference compared to the rest. Everyone has their thoughts but I have found this year's competition to be one of the tightest in memory and this is more of a reflection on the strength of play from all teams as opposed to any perceived weaknesses.

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Tahs depleted but not defeated as Foley makes the most of extra day

Berrick Barnes

Georgina Robinson   IT'S BEEN a hell of a week for the Waratahs. Injury, suspension, newborn babies and the common cold have turned a luxurious eight-day turnaround into an exercise in flexibility, faith and extreme patience.

Rugby Union

Raggedy Reds crushed in the west

Force

Western Force have extended the woes of Super Rugby champions Queensland, thrashing the Reds 45-19 in Perth on Saturday and condemning them to a third straight loss.

Tackle tally counts for nothing as Tahs back centres pairing

Waratahs training session at Moore Park on March 29, 2012. Tom Carter with the ball. SPORT photo by Marco Del Grande

Georgina Robinson   WARATAHS centres Rob Horne and Tom Carter are up to the challenge of stopping one of the most potent back lines in the Super Rugby competition this weekend, veteran coach Alan Gaffney says.

Chiefs v NSW Waratahs

Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, Saturday 5.35pm (AEDT)

Stormers v Bulls

Newlands Rugby Stadium, Cape Town, Sunday 3.10am (AEST)

Hurricanes v Cheetahs

Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Saturday, 3.30pm (AEDT)

Brumbies v Sharks

Canberra Stadium, Canberra, Saturday 7.40pm (AEDT)

Highlanders v Melbourne Rebels

Rugby Park, Invercargill, Friday 5.35pm (AEDT)

Western Force v Queensland Reds

nib Stadium, Perth, Saturday 9.40pm (AEDT)

Lions v Crusaders

Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg, Sunday 2.05am (AEDT)

John Eales

Tahs have the attitude, now for the excellence

John Eales

John Eales   The Liberal National Party challenger for the seat of Nicklin in the Queensland state election had to effect a 16.3 per cent swing against the seated independent to be successful but, despite every effort, this was a bridge too far for former Reds andWallabies coach John Connolly. Connolly managed a swing of about 10 per cent, which mirrored what happened around the state in a political landslide, but wasn't enough for him.

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Adam Byrnes's gouge ban overturned

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 18: Adam Byrnes of the Rebels runs with the ball during the round one Super Rugby match between the Melbourne Rebels and the Waratahs at AAMI Park on February 18, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images) abyrnes.jpg

Melbourne Rebels lock Adam Byrnes' 10-week suspension from Super Rugby has been over-turned by a SANZAR appeals committee.

Waratahs name new halves pairing for Sharks clash

Berrick Barnes

Ben Horne   The NSW Waratahs have named a new-look halves pairing for their must-win Super Rugby clash against the Sharks at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.