Super Rugby

Cruden injured as Chiefs overwhelm Crusaders

12:07 AM   WELLINGTON, April 17 AAP - The Chiefs have delivered the Crusaders their second brutal lesson of the season, winning 26-9 in Christchurch to take top spot in the Super Rugby standings.

Melbourne Rebels centre Mitch Inman re-signs as club prepares for ACT Brumbies

Mitch Inman

Roy Ward 6:46 PM   Mitch Inman will stay in Melbourne for the next two years and wants to make the most of his longer term with the Rebels.

Nathan Charles: the loyalty of Western Force captain Matt Hodgson

Nathan Charles and Matt Hogson.

Nathan Charles   Matt Hodgson's re-signing means he will likely finish his career at the same club where it began, well over a decade and more than 100 matches ago

Genia backs Horwill in Reds return

England bound: Queensland Reds forward James Horwill speaks to the media at Ballymore Stadium announcing he has signed a three-year deal for after the 2015 Rugby World Cup with English Rugby club Harlequins.

Ed Jackson   Queensland Reds halfback Will Genia is thankful James Horwill is back as the veteran pair aim to avoid ending their Super Rugby careers with an unwanted record.

Shipperley could return for Rebels against Brumbies

Likely to play: Dom Shipperley.

Roy Ward   Dom Shipperley is fit and available for selection after recovering from a fractured hand.

Cooper set to visit Toulon as he weighs up future

Set to leave: Quade Cooper.

Phil Lutton   Quade Cooper's rugby future could be decided within a fortnight, with the Queensland Reds playmaker set to visit French club Toulon as he weighs up whether to join the overseas exodus at the end of the Super Rugby season.

Waratahs winger Naiyaravoro grounded due to visa issue

Flying halt: Taqele Naiyaravoro of the Waratahs is unlikely to face the Hurricanes.

Waratahs are likely to be without in-form winger Taqele Naiyaravoro for their Super Rugby crunch match against the Hurricanes in New Zealand due to a visa issue.

Season could be all black for Australians

Matt Burke / Matthew Burke

Matthew Burke   Could this season be the year of the Hurricanes? Are the rest of Super Rugby going to get blown away by the men from Wellington?

Lions survive late Sharks comeback

Faf de Klerk of the Lions clears the ball from the ruck.

The Lions survived a stoppage-time scare to defeat the harks 23-21 Saturday and secure a Super Rugby top-six place for the first time this season.

Bulls send spirited Reds to the bottom of Super Rugby

Liam Gill tries to offload as the Reds struggled to breach the Bulls' defence.

Vince Rugari   The Queensland Reds sank to the bottom of the overall Super Rugby standings after a 43-22 loss to the Bulls in South Africa on Sunday morning.

Super Rugby previews for round 9

Dinner with Bill:  Kurtley Beale.

All the team news, TV times, referees, betting odds and expert tips.

Another Reds blow as O'Connor ruled out

Injury blow:  James O'Connor is out for the Reds.

Vince Rugari   The Queensland Reds have copped yet another hit on their tour of South Africa with James O'Connor sidelined due to a calf injury.

Nathan Charles: reflecting on 10 years of the Western Force

A flashback to the Western Force's first ever home win in 2007.

Nathan Charles   Hard to imagine it's been 10 years since a rally of community support saw the Western Force get off the ground in Perth.

Force play it safe with skipper Hodgson

One more week: Matt Hodgson of the Force.

Western Force skipper Matt Hodgson will have to wait at least one more week before making his Super Rugby return.

Jean Deysel banned for seven weeks

Referee Stuart Berry order Jean Deysel from the field.

Sharks flanker Jean Deysel has been banned for seven weeks for kneeing an opponent in the head in a Super Rugby game.

Cocaine ring: More Gold Coast footballers could be targeted, say reports

It's lonely out here: Karmichael Hunt looks on from the bench.

Jorge Branco   The Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission has refused to comment on reports up to six more Gold Coast footballers could be targeted in the cocaine ring investigation that has rocked Queensland sport.

Rebels ready for international-class battle

Mitch Inman of the Rebels is tackled by Christian Lealiifano of the Brumbies.

Roy Ward   Melbourne Rebels expect a top-class clash when Queensland Reds come to town on Good Friday.

Karmichael Hunt returns for Queensland Reds

Karmichael Hunt will returns to the Reds from the bench.

Karmichael Hunt has been named on the bench in his Super Rugby return for the Queensland Reds against Melbourne at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Vaea, Arnold re-sign with Brumbies

Ita Vaea will of the Brumbies.

Chris Dutton   Ita Vaea will cap a remarkable comeback from life-threatening blood clots, while Rory Arnold will continue his meteoric rise in a double signing coup for the  ACT Brumbies on Wednesday. 

Rebels star Weeks out for six to eight weeks

Laurie Weeks will be a big loss for the Rebels.

Roy Ward   A shin injury will see Laurie Weeks out for six to eight weeks.