Blues

All Black Piutau returns for Blues

All Black Charles Piutau returns after eight weeks on the sidelines in the only change to the Blues' team to face the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Crusaders v Blues

AMI Stadium, Chrsitchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Rugby

Chiefs kill off Blues to secure Super Rugby finals berth

Tormentor in Chief: Liam Squire breaks clear of the Blues defence at Eden Park.

Liam Napier The champs are alive, and in the process, the Chiefs have killed off the Hurricanes' and Blues' faint Super Rugby playoff hopes.

Beauden Barrett weighs up Blues approach

In demand: Hurricanes five-eighth Beauden Barrett.

Daniel Gilhooly The Blues say they're not after Beauden Barrett. Barrett says he's considering their advances.

Blues left struggling after hiding by Crusaders

Crusaders 21 Blues 13 Richard Knowler The power of Nemani Nadolo has probably killed the Blues' Super Rugby title hopes after the Crusaders won a brutal encounter in Christchurch on Saturday night.

Rugby

Nemani Nadolo brace leads Crusaders to win over Blues

Wrapped up: Crusaders veteran Andy Ellis is smashed by Blues forward Tony Woodcock.

Two tries to the Crusaders' powerhouse Fijian winger Nemani Nadolo wrapped up a 21-13 Super Rugby win over the Blues in Christchurch on Saturday.

Blues v Chiefs

Eden Park, Auckland, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Force v Blues

nib Stadium, Perth, Saturday 9.45pm (AEST)

Rugby

Western Force flogged by Auckland Blues

Western wobbles: Sam Wykes tries to make a break for the Force against the Blues.

A stunning opening assault from the Auckland Blues powered them to a 40-14 win over the Western Force in their Super 15 clash in Perth on Saturday night.

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Rugby

Blues v NSW Waratahs

Israel Folau.

Alex Rowe The Waratahs play for top spot on the Australian conference - if only briefly - against a struggling Blues outfit.

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Brumbies v Blues

Injury scare ... Matt Toomua.

David Polkinghorne The Brumbies take on the Blues from 7.40pm at Canberra Stadium.

Union

What we learned: ACT Brumbies vs Auckland Blues

Pat McCabe.

Chris Dutton and David Polkinghorne All the talking points from the Brumbies' clash against the Blues at Canberra Stadium.

Rugby

Blues insist Benji Marshall here for the long haul

Going nowhere: The Blues are adamant Benji Marshall will see out his two-year contract.

Liam Napier Constant scrutiny continues to swirl around Benji Marshall’s indifferent code switch and, indeed, future but for now the Blues insist he will see out his two-year contract.

Weepu fully recovered; returns to Blues

Veteran halfback Piri Weepu is to resume training with the Blues after making a full recovery from his stroke and minor heart surgery.

Rugby

Hurricanes beat Blues in fine style

TJ Perenara scores a try for the Hurricanes during the round 10 Super Rugby match against the Blues at Westpac Stadium.

The Hurricanes breathed further momentum into their revived Super Rugby campaign by overcoming a mid-match hiccup on Friday to beat the Blues 39-20 in Wellington.

Mealamu back for Blues after another calf injury

Blues and All Blacks hooker Keven Mealamu  returns from a calf injury.

Veteran hooker Keven Mealamu will make his long-awaited return to Super Rugby this Friday after battling back from another calf injury that sidelined him for more than a month.

Hurricanes v Blues

Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)

Rugby

Gareth Anscombe may return to Blues following Benji Marshall departure

Gareth Anscombe

Liam Napier Pride needs to be swallowed by both parties but the Blues will strongly consider welcoming Gareth Anscombe back next year.

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Rugby

Keep it simple, says Israel Folau after Blues debacle

Rethink: Israel Folau says the flair the Waratahs attempted to bring to their loss against the Blues should be put on the backburner.

Georgina Robinson Israel Folau says the Waratahs must take a good look at themselves after a bid to play like the "Harlem Globetrotters" ended in disaster in Auckland.

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Rugby

Blues kick on for bonus-point win over Cheetahs

Willie le Roux attempts to break away from Ma'a Nonu.

A 20-point performance from rookie five-eighth Simon Hickey paved the way for the Blues' bonus-point win over the Cheetahs.

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