It’s not often an All Black switches allegiances within Super Rugby, and prior to 2019, it was unheard of for a two-time World Player of the Year to make a move.
Eight entered. Four remain.
Eight teams. Three rounds. One goal.
New Zealand’s exciting prodigy Payton Spencer was injured in the first of two warm-up fixtures against the Junior Wallabies, but his replacement starred in New Zealand’s 19-18 win in the second clash.
Decision time in Super Rugby Pacific, whether the clubs are ready or not, finally is here.
The Hurricanes and New Zealand Rugby have today announced that current All Black 7s head coach Clark Laidlaw will become the Super Rugby team’s next head coach.
Are we going to see a mostly drama-free decision day in the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season, or are we bound for some added chaos in Round 15?
New Zealand’s propping stocks have taken a hit with the loss of Crusaders Fletcher Newell and George Bower to longer-term injuries, with the All Blacks in need of extra cover for The Rugby Championship.
Criticism of the All Blacks‘ resting policy again has flooded in following the Hurricanes’ team announcement for their clash with the Chiefs.
No longer is there a team in the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season that stands without a loss.
This time last year, All Blacks and Hurricanes star Jordie Barrett was widely considered to be the best fullback in New Zealand. Now, Barrett might be the best in another position.
The Fijian Drua claimed the second Kiwi scalp in their franchise history with a 27-24 win over the Hurricanes at the Suva Sportsground.
The Chiefs-Crusaders clash in front of a sold-out local crowd in Hamilton was a shot in the arm for Super Rugby this year.
New Zealand Rugby has confirmed the four assistants who will join Scott Robertson in the All Blacks’ coaching group after this year’s World Cup in France.
The bye weeks are done. The contenders are clear. The stage is set.