NZ Rugby World
If you can’t quite be bothered to invest your full attention in what is going to happen this year, cheat your little heart out with our fast guide.
New coach John Plumtree is expected to tighten the Hurricanes’ defence and see if he can squeeze more out of the tight five.
World Cup years tend to run to a different pattern and throw up all sorts of intriguing stories. This year is unlikely to be any different.
Like the players, we have done the conditioning work,
They had a late, late coaching reshuffle and have brought in a couple of new players.
Every World Cup year there is a surprise player who either forces his way into contention, or plays their way out because of a collapse in form or injury.
One player well worth keeping an eye on is Aphiwe Dyantyi of the Lions who was the World Rugby breakthrough player of the year in 2018.
If we could we would select this Super Rugby Dream XV to play in this year’s competition.
Richard Bath reveals that despite the national team improving out of sight, rugby in Scotland is in fact in a dire state.
Sky’s Tony Johnson knows that in World Cup year only one thing matters.
Wynne Gray is fascinated to see how the Blues perform this year.
Semi-finals & Finals Okinawa Escorted
Semi-finals & Finals Independent
Dan’s Fairytale Continues
Quick Guide to Super Rugby 2019
Everything on the Line
SUPER RUGBY 2019
PLAYERS WHO WE BELIEVE WILL STORM THE COMPETITION
PLAYERS WE HAVE ALMOST GIVEN UP ON
PLAYER UNDER PRESSURE TO PERFORM
Four Smart Signings
PLAYERS WE ARE GENUINELY INTRIGUED TO SEE
Things That Have to Happen for the Greater Good
Storylines That Will Hold the National Agenda
THE BIG TACTICAL QUESTIONS
HOW THE NZ TEAMS WILL FINISH
Three of a Kind
The Overseas Contenders
10 OVERSEAS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Foreign Teams TO FEAR THE MOST
THREE THINGS WE GOT RIGHT LAST YEAR
Number Not Up
Where Style Meets Substance
CREATING A NEW CULTURE OF ACCOUNTABILITY
USING THE RESOURCES WISELY
RISING STAR: HARRY PLUMMER
BEST BUY: MA’A NONU
FINDING THEIR FEET ON TRICKY TERRAIN
OLD DOG: SONNY BILL WILLIAMS
THREE KEY MEN
A SEASON TO COME OF AGE
A SCRUM THAT CAN CRUSH THE BEST
RISING STAR: ATAATA MOEAKIOLA AND ETENE NANAI-SETURO
BEST BUY: REUBEN O’NEILL
THE IMPETUOUS NATURE OF YOUTH
OLD DOG: SAM CANE
TIME FOR COOPER TO SHOW WHAT HE CAN DO
THREE KEY MEN
HANGING IT ALL ON THE TIGHT FIVE
A BACKLINE THAT CAN DO EVERYTHING
PLUMTREE’S PROMOTION BUYS HIM A BIT OF TIME TO SETTLE
BEST BUY: HEIDEN BEDWELLCURTIS
RISING STAR: BILLY PROCTOR
OLD DOG: DANE COLES
History of the Hurricanes
SUPER RUGBY QUIZ
NEHE COMES FROM NOWHERE
JOE’S IN THE MOOD TO PLAY
NO KNEES UP FOR AARON CRUDEN
MA’A SUPER NO-NO
JONAH’S MATES RALLY TO GET HIM SELECTED
Haka as Inspiration
GETTING EXCITED ABOUT MAKING HISTORY
HAVING THE WEPONRY TO DEAL WITH A LONG SEASON
THE MAN WHO CAN DO NO WRONG
RISING STAR: BRAYDON ENNOR
BEST BUY: WHETU DOUGLAS
WEATHERING THE ALL BLACK DISTRACTION
OLD DOG: RYAN CROTTY
History of the Crusaders
JUMPING THE HIGHEST HURDLES FIRST
CRANKING UP THE POINTS MACHINE
BEST BUY: BRYN GATLAND
RISING STAR: TEIHORANGI WALDEN
REACHING FOR THE PROMISED LAND
TACKLING THE BIGGEST PROBLEM HEAD ON
OLD DOG: BEN SMITH
AARON AND BEN SMITH
History of the Highlanders
A Year of Intrigue
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