Bookmakers have backed a New Zealand team to win this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby trophy, with defending champions the Crusaders installed as the favourites.
The Crusaders scored two tries in the final three minutes to beat the Highlanders 43-38 in a pre-season match in Southbridge on Friday.
The Crusaders warmed up for their Vodacom Super Rugby title defence with a 34-19 victory over the Hurricanes in Levin on Saturday.
All Blacks captain Kieran Read could move to France after the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
Everything you need to know about New Zealand’s five Super Rugby squads for the 2019 season.
The Lions’ heavy defeat to the Crusaders in the Super Rugby final indirectly added further perspective to the Sharks’ historic 2014 win in Christchurch, writes CRAIG LEWIS.
Mitchell Drummond scored the Crusaders’ third try against the Lions in the Super Rugby final.
What we learned from the Super Rugby final, according to CRAIG LEWIS.
Lions captain Warren Whiteley was left frustrated by the Crusaders’ ability to shut down his side’s driving maul during Saturday’s Super Rugby final.
What NICK MALLETT had to say on SuperSport about the Super Rugby final in Christchurch.