Crusaders

Crusaders players caught up in big game hunting photo controversy

Michael Daly Pictures of Crusaders rugby players on a hunting trip in South Africa are being used by an environmental organisation in its fight against what it calls canned, or joyride, hunting.

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Waratahs keep Crusaders hanging as photo-op flops

On his lonesome ... Michael Hooper with the Super Rugby trophy.

Georgina Robinson If the Crusaders had been clutching at straws for motivation this week, the Waratahs handed them a big stick on Friday. 

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Crusaders target Waratahs' forwards in bid to choke back line for Super Rugby final

Richie McCaw

Richard Knowler Richie McCaw knows slicing the Waratahs’ main artery is the key to dimming the lights in their back-line’s eyes.

Crusaders v Sharks

AMI Park, Christchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

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Waratahs can dominate Crusaders in pack battle, says Phil Waugh

Secret weapon: Will Skelton at training.

Georgina Robinson Former NSW captain Phil Waugh says the Waratahs pack can "dominate" the Crusaders in the crucial forward battle if their mental game is spot on. 

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Olympic effort needed from Waratahs against Crusaders in Super Rugby final

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Peter FitzSimons Be wewy wewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits.

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Richie McCaw to test broken ribs as Crusaders face ferocious Sharks in Super Rugby semi-final

Richie McCaw is confident about playing against the Sharks, despite not being fully fit.

Captain Richie McCaw entered the annals of New Zealand rugby folklore by playing in the 2011 World Cup with a broken foot but the pain was nothing compared to taking on England last month with...

Rugby

Crusaders pick unchanged team for Super Rugby final

Still at inside centre ... Dan Carter

Richard Knowler Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has predictably made no changes for Saturday night's Super Rugby grand final against the Waratahs in Sydney.

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NSW Waratahs v Crusaders

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ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Saturday 7.40pm (AEST)

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Crusaders too sharp for woeful Sharks

Crusaders 36 Sharks 6.

Richard Knowler The adventurous Crusaders pulled out their swords and ruthlessly filleted the Sharks to book a place in next week’s Super Rugby grand final.

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Andrew Mehrtens backs Crusaders to spoil Waratahs' party

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Georgina Robinson The Crusaders' ability to lift on the big stage will enable them to beat the odds and hold up the Super Rugby trophy at ANZ Stadium on Saturday, predicts All Blacks legend Andrew Mehrtens.

Sharks set up Crusaders clash with narrow win over Highlanders

So close: Jean Deysel drops the ball before the tryline.

The Brumbies and the NSW Waratahs have a showdown next weekend in Sydney to see who plays in the Super Rugby title match.

Jeff Wilson

The All Blacks factor means the Crusaders will win Super Rugby title

Crusaders

Jeff Wilson History tell us that the New South Wales Waratahs are now the favourites to win this year's Super Rugby championship.

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Richie McCaw says big-game nerves never go away as Crusaders face Waratahs in Super Rugby final

Richie McCaw

Richard Knowler For Richie McCaw, the job of preparing for big rugby matches should be as simple as flicking dust off his shoes.

Rugby

Crusaders resort to Super Rugby wishful thinking with claim Homebush Bay is neutral ground

Georgina Robinson

Georgina Robinson For two long have Australian rugby's fans, players, administrators, pundits and scribes run their mouths off at this time of year.

Rugby

Crusaders prepare for attacking onslaught from Waratahs in Super Rugby showdown

Todd Blackadder.

Richard Knowler The defensive sirens have been wailing inside the Crusaders camp as they prepare to adjust their tackling technique in Saturday night’s Super Rugby final.

Rugby

The waiting game: Michael Hooper keeps Crusaders hanging

Michael Hooper

Richard Knowler A no-show by Waratahs captain Michael Hooper for a photo session has cranked-up the tension between the Crusaders and Waratahs.

Rugby

Five reasons the Crusaders will beat the Waratahs

Paul Cully

Paul Cully Here are five reasons why the Waratahs will be cruelly denied on Saturday night.

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NSW Waratahs must honour their attacking game against Canterbury Crusaders – and have fun

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Spiro Zavos Graham Henry told me at a rugby function he endured the agonies of Job in the last part of the RWC 2011 final as a victory by France over New Zealand became an alarming possibility.

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Crusaders keen to be spoilsports and keep Israel Folau out of the game

Israel Dagg.

Mat Kermeen Putting the boot away could be the key to keeping Waratahs dangerman Israel Folau quiet in Saturday's Super Rugby final in Sydney against the Crusaders.