In 2009 Scott Fardy dropped off the rugby radar, began playing rugby in Northern Japan, and to say he was the forgotten man of Australian rugby would have been a massive understatement.
World Cup winning coach Jake White knows that his presence in Durban will heighten expectations for a side that already has lofty goals, especially considering how agonisingly close they have come lifting the symbol of Super Rugby supremacy.
During the last two seasons RaboDirect has donated more than $100,000 in funds and equipment to local Victorian Rugby Clubs, via the Conversions for Clubs program. In 2014, RaboDirect is thrilled to announce a new initiative - Conversions for Community.
The Blues have confirmed their warm up schedule, and will play three pre-season fixtures in preparation for the 2014 Super Rugby competition.
The Sharks have announced a match in London against Saracens to kick-start their 2014 Super Rugby pre-season.
Sanzarrugby.com starts a special feature where we focus on fifteen things, from each Super rugby side, and to kick off proceedings we look at what we might see from each franchise roughly nine weeks out from the start of the season.
We continue our look back at the 2013 Super Rugby season as we look at the opening clash of the second round of the competition held earlier this year - with the New Zealand and South African conference commencing a week after Australia due to the Lions tour.
It is something that would be as comfortable as a warm blanket for Stormers players, as they settle into what has become the leading defensive system in the world when needed throughout matches, yet a remarkable ability in the tackle hasn't allowed them to win that elusive title.
Chiefs’ stars Liam Messam and Ben Tameifuna have lost charity boxing matches against league players Paul Gallen and Sam Thaiday at Trusts Stadium in West Auckland over the weekend.
The Blues preparations for the 2014 Super Rugby season are well on track, with the team undertaking numerous exercises such as the infamous Bullock track run and the legendary Blues boxing sessions, to give them the edge that they hope will bring them a fourth title.
The Crusaders only have a few days remaining on a special deal that will allow fans to get a discount for 2014 season tickets, as well as the chance to set aside a seat for the only 'international match' in New Zealand in 2014 against a Super Rugby team.
As we build towards 2014 Super Rugby, we begin our Flashback series, where we focus on matches played last season, kicking off with the tournament opener, where Melbourne hosted the Rebels in a first round featuring only Australian teams, an early start due to the incoming British and Irish Lions.
The Bulls named a squad of 37 players to assemble in early January in Pretoria for a training camp to be held at Sun City during the weekend of 10-12 January 2014.
The Rebels have released all the details regarding their 2014 pre-season fixtures, where they will face the Waratahs, Hurricanes and Reds in a bumper campaign before beginning the regular season.
The Chiefs have confirmed their pre-season programme which does not include a clash against European champions Toulon.
The Sharks have released a medical update regarding the overall fitness of their squad, with the big news being that Springboks back Frans Steyn is on track to be fit for the beginning of the Super Rugby season.
Valentine’s Day will be extra special in Levin next February, with the town set to host the Hurricanes’ final pre-season match against the Crusaders. The Hurricanes, along with the Horowhenua Kapiti Rugby Union, announced this morning the match would be held at the Levin Domain on February 14.
Rebels' general manager of Rugby Sam Cordingley will return to Brisbane after accepting a position at the Reds as their rugby operations manager.
Wallabies and Reds playmaker Quade Cooper has confirmed he will undertake his second professional boxing bout, after close friend Anthony Mundine announced he would headline an event in Brisbane on January 29.
The Hurricanes as of yesterday lost one of their major catchment areas in Super Rugby, with the capital based franchise now having eight provincial unions to call upon.
Toulon rugby has confirmed that the potential 'world club challenge' between the Super Rugby championship winning Chiefs and the current Heineken Cup title holders will take place on February 2.
The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has announced a brand new domestic rugby competition to commence in 2014. The National Rugby Championship will be sponsored by Fox Sports and Foxtel with Fox Sports committing to televise one live match per round plus the Semi-Finals and Final.
Hika Elliot will is unlikely to play any part in the 2014 Super Rugby season and is even contemplating retirement following neck surgery to repair a bulging disc.
The Chiefs have been issued a seven year license by New Zealand Rugby to run the organisation, signalling a bold new era for the defending Super Rugby champions.
The Chiefs region has today been extended to include the province of Taranaki, ending the Taranaki Rugby Football Union’s (TRFU) 17 year association with the Hurricanes.
The new Stormers kit for the 2014 season has been 'unlocked' at a launch event held at the adidas performance store in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.
Sanzarrugby.com brings you a quick summary of the world of Super Rugby over the last 24 hours.
The Rebels have announced Scott Higginbotham as the club's Captain for the 2014 Super Rugby season.
The Australian Rugby Union’s future stars, and new faces to Super Rugby, will align for a two-and-a-half day camp this week as St Andrew’s College, Sydney plays host to the joint ARU-RUPA Super Rugby Induction camp.
It is that time of the year again where we start to ask, mull and debate - who is going to win Super Rugby next season?
English Premiership club Saracens will play the Sharks, from South Africa, at Allianz Park in Hendon, North London, on Saturday 25 January, 2014.
New Zealand's Super Rugby franchises put their jerseys on display in spectacular fashion as part of a marketing initiative on Friday in conjunction with adidas.
The Rebels have signed lock Sam Jeffries on an Extended Playing Squad (EPS) contract to join the club for the 2014 season, leaving just one place to be filled on the 35-man playing roster.
Highlanders back Ben Smith has celebrated an outstanding year of rugby by being named New Zealand’s Super Rugby Player of the Year.
Former Springboks forward and hard man Jacques Potgieter will continue to play rugby in Japan until the end of 2017, despite continuing to play Super Rugby for the next two seasons.
The Super Rugby champions will likely welcome Taranaki to their catchment area before the end of the season, with the region, currently part of the Hurricanes wider area, looking to govern the back-to-back winners.
Next Tuesday's New Zealand Herald will be edited by Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan. Kirwan will guest-edit the newspaper, deciding on the front page and content throughout the news, sport, business and travel sections, including specially commissioned articles, photographs and artwork.
Rebels Prop Paul Alo-Emile loves getting back home to Brisbane, hanging out with his big family, but cannot stress enough that Melbourne is where he sees his future.
The Reds will return to Ballymore in 2014 to face Australian rivals the Rebels in a Super Rugby trial match on February 14. Reds head coach Richard Graham said the fixture would provide key match experience for his team only a week out from the Super Rugby regular season.
Wallabies and Brumbies playmaker Christian Lealiifano will have surgery on his ankle next week, ruling him out of the initial stages of the 2014 Super Rugby season.
Waratahs Head Coach Michael Cheika is on a state-wide search for the next wave of Waratahs ahead of next year’s National Under 20s Championship.
Christchurch will host two internationals in the next two years, with NZ Rugby announcing that England will play the Crusaders at AMI Stadium next year, and the All Blacks will play a still to be confirmed international team in 2015.
Sharks CEO John Smit penned an open letter to all fans detailing the changes he had overseen and what the supporters had to look forward to ahead of the 2014 Super Rugby season.
New Zealand Rugby, via the All Blacks coaches, high performance unit and player’s association, look to have given the green light for the Chiefs to head to France in February to play Toulon.
Tom Sexton's Super Rugby season is over before it even had the chance to begin with the new Rebel recruit injuring the ACL in his right knee.
The Rebels are returning to Geelong this Super Rugby pre-season to play a night match against the Hurricanes on Saturday February 8.
As the Blues swing into their pre-season training regime, new recruit Benji Marshall says he's never been happier and more relaxed.
Bulls winger Bjorn Basson has signed a contract extension with the Pretoria-based franchise, committing him until at least the end of 2016.
The Stormers have suffered a huge blow on the eve of their Super Rugby pre-season with news that Eben Etzebeth faces over four months on the sidelines after he undergoes foot surgery next Monday
Flip van der Merwe has been withdrawn from the Barbarians squad that will face Fiji this weekend at the request of the Bulls who say their players "need a break".
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