Joe Schmidt has been named as an All Blacks selector, but will not take up the role until after his former team Ireland tour New Zealand next year.
All Blacks superstar Ardie Savea committed to play rugby in New Zealand for another four years Tuesday, jettisoning talk of a code switch to rugby league.
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.
The Crusaders showed their trademark grit to secure a fifth-straight Super Rugby title, overcoming a gallant Chiefs side in Christchurch.
Flyhalf Richie Mounga rescued the Crusaders from two yellow cards, kicking 14 points in a 24-13 win over the Chiefs in the Super Rugby Aotearoa final in Christchurch on Saturday.
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.
A faulty captain’s referral made Dane Coles the hero of the Hurricanes’ 41-22 comeback win against the Highlanders in Wellington on Friday.
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.
The Crusaders sealed their place at the top of the Super Rugby Aotearoa table by claiming a 29-6 victory over the Blues in Christchurch on Sunday.
The Chiefs’ hot streak extended to five wins as Damian McKenzie kicked the match-winning penalty after the full-time siren to seal a 26-24 victory against the Hurricanes in Hamilton on Friday.