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Can the Crusaders win title No.8?

Can the Crusaders win title No.8?

This is it, a critical clash where the Crusaders impeccable home record will want to be maintained despite being most recently blemished by the Sharks, where the men from Durban were just the 20th team to beat the red and blacks at home since 1996.

Waratahs expecting biggest ever crowd

Waratahs expecting biggest ever crowd

Only 5,000 tickets remain for Saturday’s massive Semi-Final derby clash between the NSW Waratahs and the Brumbies. With over 38,000 tickets now sold, the match is expected to be played to a record-breaking capacity Allianz Stadium crowd.

Preview: Waratahs v Brumbies

Preview: Waratahs v Brumbies

An all-Australia semi-final in Sydney sees the table-topping Waratahs host 2013 runners-up the Brumbies at Allianz Stadium.

Preview: Crusaders v Sharks

Preview: Crusaders v Sharks

Travelling to a knockout game in Christchurch is historically the most difficult task in Super Rugby, but if there is a team equipped to cause an upset in Saturday's first semi-final, it's the Sharks.

Gareth Anscombe signs with Cardiff Blues

Gareth Anscombe signs with Cardiff Blues

The Cardiff Blues have announced the signing of Gareth Anscombe from the Chiefs on a long-term deal.

Adam Ashley-Cooper to make history

Adam Ashley-Cooper to make history

Despite being one of the most experienced Waratahs, centre Adam Ashley-Cooper will get to erase a blemish on his career this weekend.

Mbonambi leaves Bulls for Stormers

Mbonambi leaves Bulls for Stormers

Western Province Rugby have signed former South African U20 and Bulls hooker Bongi Mbonambi, who will move to Cape Town ahead of 2015.

Blues re-sign four players

Blues re-sign four players

Luke Braid, fellow flanker Brendon O’Connor and wing Frank Halai have all signed one year deals with the Blues while halfback Bryn Hall has re-signed until the end of 2016.

Lambie and Deysel in Sharks' XV

Lambie and Deysel in Sharks' XV

The Sharks have named Pat Lambie at 10 for their Super Rugby Semi-Final against the Crusaders, with flanker Jean Deysel also starting on Saturday.

Brumbies deny they will target Folau

Brumbies deny they will target Folau

Brumbies scrum-half Nic White admits getting inside the head of Waratahs full-back Israel Folau is a pointless exercise as he is a "genuine freak".

Brumbies unchanged for Semi-Final

Brumbies unchanged for Semi-Final

The Brumbies have named an unchanged side for Saturday's all-Australian Super Rugby Semi-Final against the Waratahs in Sydney.

McCaw returns as Crusaders change two

McCaw returns as Crusaders change two

Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has made two changes to the starting XV that beat the Highlanders two weeks ago, including the re-introduction of Richie McCaw.

Sio urged to use his 120kg frame

Sio urged to use his 120kg frame

Brumbies director of rugby Laurie Fisher has urged prop Scott Sio to use his 120kg body to counter the Waratahs' physicality in Saturday's semi-final in Sydney.

Cheika chasing a rare North / South double

Cheika chasing a very rare North / South double

Waratahs head coach Michael Cheika is drawing from his experience with Leinster as his team sit two wins from the Super Rugby title.

Ellis backs Carter to fire

Ellis backs Carter to fire

Crusaders scrumhalf Andy Ellis believes playmaker Dan Carter will have a huge role to play in Saturday's Semi-Final against the Sharks in Christchurch.

Beast not in Sharks' touring party

Beast not in Sharks' touring party

The Sharks have named their squad that has flown to Christchurch ahead of their clash with the Crusaders, with Springbok Tendai Mtawarira absent.

'Tahs bring back the big guns

'Tahs bring back the big guns

The Waratahs have recalled Israel Folau, Jacques Potgieter and Rob Horne for their Super Rugby Semi-Final against the Brumbies on Saturday.

Is this Super Rugby's Team of the Year?

Is this Super Rugby's Team of the Year?

With the regular Super Rugby season done and dusted, we put our heads together to select the Super Rugby XV of 2014.

Sharks sneak into Semis

Sharks sneak into Semis

Scrum power and defiance eventually shone through for the Sharks as they squeezed past the Highlanders 31-27 at Growthpoint KINGS PARK.

Brumbies end Chiefs' title run

Brumbies end Chiefs' title run

The Brumbies will go to either Sydney or Christchurch for their Super Rugby Semi-Final after they beat the Chiefs 32-30 at GIO Stadium on Saturday.

Sharks re-gain Lambie

Sharks re-gain Lambie

The Sharks will have Springbok flyhalf Pat Lambie on their bench for Saturday's Super Rugby Qualifier against the Highlanders in Durban.

Tanerau Latimer hails 'ruthless' Chiefs

Tanerau Latimer hails 'ruthless' Chiefs

Chiefs flanker Tanerau Latimer has sighted a ruthless edge as being key to his side's turnaround in form at just the right time in Super Rugby 2014.

PREVIEW: Sharks v Highlanders

PREVIEW: Sharks v Highlanders

The Sharks will be carrying the hopes of a nation as they look to salvage South Africa's Super Rugby season in their Qualifier against the Highlanders in Durban.

PREVIEW: Brumbies v Chiefs

PREVIEW: Brumbies v Chiefs

Saturday's first Super Rugby Qualifier is a rematch of last year's Final, with the Brumbies hosting the Chiefs in Canberra.

Jake White taking nothing for granted

Jake White taking nothing for granted

The Sharks have named their squad for Saturday's Qualifier against the Highlanders and won't be taking anything for granted.

Ben Smith returns for the Highlanders

Ben Smith returns for the Highlanders

Ben Smith returns to action as the Highlanders name their squad to tackle the South African Conference champions in Durban on Saturday. 

Chiefs change one for Brumbies showdown

Chiefs change one for Brumbies showdown

The defending Super Rugby champions have named their team to face the Brumbies in Saturday night's Qualifier at GIO Stadium in the Australian capital.

Robbie Coleman returns to Brumbies' XV

Robbie Coleman returns to Brumbies' XV

Robbie Coleman returns to the Brumbies starting side on Saturday night when his team takes on the Chiefs in their Super Rugby Qualifier at GIO Stadium.

Contender analysis: Brumbies

Contender analysis: Brumbies

The Brumbies finished the regular season as the highest ranked wildcard, team ensuring that the two-time champions, like they did in 2013, host in the first week.

Super Rugby signals Asian expansion

Super Rugby signals Asian expansion

The evolution of Super Rugby is set to expand into Asia with SANZAR confirming that tenderers from Japan and Singapore will vie for the license to run a team.

Ma'a Nonu returns to the Hurricanes

Ma'a Nonu returns to the Hurricanes

It's official. Ma'a Nonu will return to New Zealand's capital after signing a one-year Super Rugby deal with the Hurricanes.

Contender analysis: Sharks

Contender analysis: Sharks

The South African Conference champion Sharks might have home advantage during the Super Rugby Qualifiers, but Jake White may later rue the third placed position.

Daley, Lucas to undergo post-season surgery

Daley, Lucas to undergo post-season surgery

Reds prop Ben Daley and flyhalf Ben Lucas face lengthy rehabilitation periods after both suffered injuries in their team’s loss to the Waratahs.

McCaw to be back for Semi-Finals

McCaw to be back for Semi-Finals

The Crusaders expect All Blacks captain Richie McCaw to have fully recovered from his rib injury in time for their Super Rugby Semi-Final.

Bulls optimistic about future

Bulls optimistic about future

Having been subjected to back-to-back player drains over the past two seasons, the Bulls are of the opinion that the worst is behind them now.

Joubert and Walsh appointed to Qualifiers

Joubert and Walsh appointed to Qualifiers

SANZAR has announced that Craig Joubert and Steve Walsh have been appointed to referee this weekend's Super Rugby Qualifiers in Canberra and Durban respectively.

What happens if a Final ends in a draw?

What happens if a Final ends in a draw?

As we head into the Super Rugby Finals Series, here is an overview of what happens should the scores be level at full time in any of our remaining matches.

Week 1 of the Finals Series confirmed

Week 1 of the Finals Series confirmed

As the curtain draws on Round 19, SANZAR can confirm the schedule for next weekend’s Qualifiers which kick-off the 2014 Super Rugby Finals Series.

Sharks go into the Finals on a high

Sharks go into the Finals on a high

The Sharks ended their Super Rugby regular-season campaign with a hard-fought 36-10 win over the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday.

High-flying Waratahs roll on

High-flying Waratahs roll on

The Waratahs underlined their status as favourites for the Super Rugby title with a 34-3 win over the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday.

Crusaders power to NZ Conference

Crusaders power to NZ Conference

The Crusaders secured top spot in the New Zealand Super Rugby Conference on Saturday thanks to a 34-8 win over the Highlanders.

Toomua leads Brumbies into Finals Series

Toomua leads Brumbies into Finals Series

The Brumbies joined the Chiefs in securing their place in the 2014 Finals Series after they thumped the Force 47-25 in Canberra on Friday.

Champions clinch Finals berth

Champions clinch Finals berth

The Chiefs kept alive their hopes of winning three straight Super Rugby titles after they edged the Blues 11-8 to make the Finals Series at Eden Park.

Time to say goodbye

Time to say goodbye

As nine teams head into the Round 19 with Finals Series aspirations, we pause to reflect on those players who will be leaving Super Rugby, or playing for new teams next year.

PREVIEW: Brumbies v Force

PREVIEW: Brumbies v Force

It's winner-takes-all in Friday's clash between the Brumbies and Western Force as these two Australian sides clash at GIO Stadium in Canberra.

Finals Calculations: who is in the race?

Finals Calculations: who is in the race?

Like every fine season of Super Rugby, all is not revealed until the final weekend of the regular season, and the 2014 campaign will be no different.

Brumbies name team for 'do or die' battle

Brumbies name team for 'do or die' battle

The Brumbies have called in the cavalry with six highly experienced players returning for Friday’s do or die match with the Force.

Folau to miss clash with Reds

Folau to miss clash with Reds

Super Rugby's leading try-scorer, Israel Folau, will miss Saturday night's clash with the Reds after failing to recover from a corked thigh.

Waratahs release Finals ticketing info

Waratahs release Finals ticketing info

The Super Rugby Finals Series is returning to Sydney, with the Waratahs releasing ticketing information for their Semi Final clash on July 26.

Barrett signs on for two more years in Welly

Barrett signs on for two more years in Welly

All Blacks and Hurricanes flyhalf Beauden Barrett has confirmed that he will remain in Wellington for at least the next two Super Rugby seasons.

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