Crusaders face identity issues after mosque shooting

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — With their very identity still in doubt, the defending champion Crusaders on Saturday will resume a Super Rugby season interrupted by unimaginable tragedy. ...

Canceled Crusaders match overshadows Super Rugby's 5th round

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — One match that wasn't played carried more significance than five that were in the fifth round of Super Rugby. The scheduled match between the Crusaders...

Canceled Crusaders match overshadows Super Rugby's 5th round

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — One match that wasn't played carried more significance than five that were in the fifth round of Super Rugby. The scheduled match between the Crusaders...

Christchurch team cancels Super Rugby match after shootings

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Super Rugby match between the Christchurch-based Crusaders and Dunedin-based Highlanders on Saturday has been canceled as a mark of respect to victims of the mass sh...

Unbeaten Rebels, Crusaders on road in Super Rugby round 5

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Melbourne Rebels and Christchurch-based Crusaders will take unbeaten records on the road in the weekend's fifth round of Super Rugby, testing the competitiveness of ...

Cooper finds new home with Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Wallabies outcast Quade Cooper has found a comfortable new home at the Melbourne Rebels, playing a major role from flyhalf in the club's unbeaten start to the Super Rugb...

World Rugby outlines World League proposal

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — World Rugby has released an outline of the contentious 12-team World League it plans to launch in 2022 in an effort to quell concerns that the tournament will overtax in...

Pressure at top and bottom of Super Rugby standings

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The three leading teams in Super Rugby face challenging derby matches in the fourth round as interest focuses closely on the top and bottom of the standings. ...

All Blacks captain Read to move to Japan after World Cup

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — All Blacks captain Kieran Read has announced he will leave New Zealand after the World Cup to play club rugby in Japan for Toyota Verblitz. The 33-year...

Japan's Sunwolves show they fit in Super Rugby

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The history of Super Rugby has clearly shown that new teams joining the competition face a long, hard initiation. The Perth-based Western Force came al...

Australian teams charged with new hope in Super Rugby

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australian teams have begun to see a light at the end of the tunnel after several years of inadequate performances against New Zealand opponents in Super Rugby. ...

Super Rugby's unpredictable opening rounds

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — After two rounds the only predictable thing about Super Rugby has been its unpredictability. The defending champion Crusaders along with the Dunedin-ba...

Pocock injury raises concussion specter in Super Rugby

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The danger of concussion and rugby's often muddled efforts to counter its threat were evident in the first round of the Super Rugby season and at the start of a World Cu...

Nonu's Super Rugby return may herald new era

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Over the years New Zealand rugby has become accustomed to saying "goodbye" to top players. But "welcome back?" Not so much. Since rugby union went prof...

World Cup to cast big shadow over Super Rugby season

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The southern hemisphere's Super Rugby season begins Friday under the shadow of the impending World Cup. But rather than providing an entertaining prelu...