Chiefs coach Clayton McMillan is adamant none of his players or staff were involved in disorderly conduct at their Christchurch hotel after losing to the Crusaders in the Super Rugby Aotearoa final.
After skipping his customary breakdance celebration in 2020, due to the circumstances, Crusaders coach Scott Robertson brought back his unique celebration after his team’s second Super Rugby Aotearoa title triumph.
The Blues rounded off their Super Rugby Aotearoa campaign after scoring six tries to inflict a 39-19 defeat on the Chiefs in Auckland on Saturday.
Former All Black Liam Messam is set to make a shock return to the injury-struck Chiefs squad ahead of this weekend’s Super Rugby Aotearoa clash with the Blues.
All Blacks and Highlanders scrumhalf Aaron Smith believes the ‘intensity’ of Super Rugby Aotearoa is to blame for the high injury toll among the five New Zealand franchise squads.
Hurricanes captain Ardie Savea has been ruled out for at least eight weeks due to a serious medial-collateral-ligament knee injury he suffered against the Crusaders last week.
All Blacks captain Sam Cane has given an injury update after he underwent corrective surgery on his torn right pectoral tendon.
Damian McKenzie struck a long-range penalty in the sixth minute of extra time as the Chiefs beat the Highlanders 26-23 via the golden-point rule in Dunedin on Saturday.
The Blues backed their defence to quell the Hurricanes 27-17 in Super Rugby Aotearoa action at Eden Park on Saturday.
The All Blacks may head into the Rugby Championship without captain Sam Cane, who has been ruled out for up to six months with a chest injury.