Duncan Johnstone on Blues

Barrett rejects Blues as Marshall looms

Duncan Johnstone The Blues have ended their chase for All Blacks utility Beauden Barrett after the Taranaki No.10 decided to stay with the Hurricanes for next season.

Blues expecting motivated Hurricanes line-up

Pat Lam.

Duncan Johnstone It may only be a Super Rugby warmup but the Blues are expecting a motivated Hurricanes team to turn up the heat in Whangarei on Saturday.

Richie McCaw's broken thumb is more pain for Crusaders

Richie McCaw

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.

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