Crusaders

Carter on Crusaders bench in rugby return

All Black five-eighth Dan Carter has been named to return on a Crusaders bench packing serious firepower for their Super Rugby game against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

Hurricanes v Crusaders

Westpac Stadium, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

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Hurricanes down Crusaders with Blade Thomson sharp in attack

Blade Thomson tries to make a break for the Hurricanes against the Crusaders.

Lock Blade Thomson provided the finish to two counter-attacks to help the Hurricanes keep their Super Rugby play-off hopes alive with a 16-9 win over the Crusaders in Wellington.

Crusaders v Blues

AMI Stadium, Chrsitchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Dan Carter, Kieran Read recalled to Crusaders starting line-up

Dan Carter.

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has thrown caution to the wind and named All Blacks duo Dan Carter and Kieran Read in the starting side for Saturday's crunch Super Rugby match against the Blues.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Crusaders v Highlanders

AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

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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.

Crusaders v Sharks

AMI Park, Christchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Rugby

Crusaders raise stakes for Highlanders with bonus-point victory

Strong contribution: Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo clashes with Richard Buckman in Christchurch.

Richard Knowler All the stars aligned for the Crusaders on Saturday night as they scored four tries to grab a rare bonus-point victory to overwhelm the Highlanders 34-8 in Christchurch.

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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...

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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

Peter FitzSimons dinkus

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

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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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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.

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.