Super Rugby

Hurricanes call up Eves and Halaholo

Eves comes into the starting team for Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, who broke his arm during last week's win over the Blues, while Halaholo earns a promotion from the reserves after Vince Aso was ruled out with a calf strain.

Prop Ben May and midfielder Ngani Laumape, who has recovered from a groin strain, come into the reserves, while openside Callum Gibbins returns to the squad after skipping the Blues match due to concussion.

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said it was a great opportunity for the players who had been called up to the starting side.

Waratahs hunt bonus points in last two Super Rugby games: Tatafu Polota-Nau

And Polota-Nau has revealed the premature retirement of Benn Robinson makes him prepare even more thoroughly now he has adopted the mindset that every game could be his last.

Highlanders end Blues' hopes

RNZI reports the Highlanders ran in seven tries to two, including a hat-trick to utility back Matt Faddes, to knock the Blues out of finals contention with two rounds remaining.

The Lions lead the standings, after thrashing fellow South Africans the Sharks 37-10 earlier on Sunday morning in Johannesburg.

But just four points separate the Lions, Chiefs, Crusaders, Hurricanes and Highlanders at the top of the table.

On Saturday night the Hurricanes beat the Blues 37-27 in Wellington.


Highlanders wing Patrick Osborne Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Chiefs beat Crusaders in historic Super Rugby clash in Fiji

Fiji born and All Blacks center Setareki Tamanivalu set up the first try for winger James Lowe after putting a kick behind fullback Israel Dagg.

Fijivillage reports the Chiefs continued the high tempo game and scored their second try which started from a fake kick from fullback Damian McKenzie.

The home side never disappointed their fans in their historic clash in Suva as they lit up the sell-out crowd despite the rain.

The Chiefs now go to the top of the New Zealand Conference with 46 points while the Crusaders have 45.

Super Rugby needs the Pacific Islands

Today more history will be made when the Chiefs clash with the Crusaders in Suva in what will be the first Super Rugby game played in Fiji.                

Given the historical reluctance of major nations to play big matches in the Pacific Islands, this is welcome progress.

But while these one off fixtures suggest a new era of inclusion, they do more to highlight the continued exclusion of the Pacific Islands.

Occasionally the Pacific Islands are invited to sit down, but they don't have a seat at the table.

Teams named for clash between Crusaders and Chiefs

Coaches Dave Rennie (Chiefs) and Todd Blackadder (Crusaders) have listed the Fijian stars to play for their home crowd in Super Rugby's round 15 opener.

The top of the table clash could determine who hosts the semi-final in the New Zealand Conference. Nadolo and Macilai pair as wingers while Tamanivalu will feature at outside centre.                               

Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has named a near full strength side with seven returning All Blacks in his 23-member touring party. The only omissions are Ryan Crotty and Luke Romano, who are injured.

Highlanders have reason to celebrate

That generosity, however, will be limited to their being happy to give away possession via a barrage of high kicks to the visiting outside backs Johnny McNichol, Israel Dagg and Jone Macilai.

Crusaders rout Brumbies

The Crusaders are second in both the Australasian and New Zealand conferences as well as second overall.

The Crusaders scored six tries to two, as they inflicted the worst-ever home losing margin on the Brumbies.

Emotion almost gets better of Blues

Umaga says it was an emotional week with the death of former player Kurtis Haiu and also the reunion of the 1996 Blues side which won the inaugural Super rugby title.

Blues poach Pulu

RNZI reports the 26 year old from Auckland is currently recovering from a broken arm as he pushes for a place in the New Zealand sevens side for the Rio Olympics.

Pulu has played two Tests for the All Blacks and over 50 games for the Chiefs and Counties Manukau.