Duncan Johnstone on Crusaders

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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Crusaders bank on Carter to be at forceful best

Carter

Duncan Johnstone The Crusaders will look to Dan Carter to help them finish a tour that is in the balance after their disappointing loss to the Sharks in Durban.

Rugby

Dan Carter's World Cup itch not satisfied

Duncan Johnstone All Blacks great Dan Carter says he has unfinished "personal" business at the World Cup and is hell bent on making next year's tournament in England.

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Union

SBW not worried by Bledisloe attention

Sonny Bill Williams

Duncan Johnstone Auckland: All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams says he is braced for the attention that's sure to come when he plays in Sydney this weekend for the first time since 2009.

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.