Moana Pasifika have revealed some key details about their squad, including an eligibility rule that 80% of players should be available for selection to Pacific Islands teams only.
Josh Ioane scored 12 points in a nine-try thriller as the Highlanders beat the Blues 35-29 in Dunedin on Friday.
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.
David Havili kicked the game-winning drop goal in extra-time as the Crusaders beat the Hurricanes 30-27 in Wellington on Sunday.
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.
Flyhalf Mitch Hunt kicked 18 points as the depleted Highlanders streaked to a record 33-12 win against the Crusaders in Christchurch on Friday.
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.
Damian McKenzie scored a self-converted try in the last minute of an enthralling contest to give the Chiefs a 15-12 win over the Blues in Hamilton on Saturday.