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May 25

Strauss returns for Bulls clash with Hurricanes

Bulls Super Rugby head coach Nollis Marais has named his team to play the Hurricanes at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday and included regular captain Adriaan Strauss for this match.  Strauss missed the last two Super Rugby matches due to a foot injury, but returns to the middle of the scrum and takes over the captaincy […]

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May 25

Sharks change one for Stormers match

Sharks Super Rugby head coach Robert du Preez has named a team with one change for the Stormers in Durban this weekend. Du Preez has made just one change to the starting line up as oenie Oosthuizen returns after being rested for last week’s match in Singapore, with Lourens Adriaanse named on the bench. Lock […]

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May 25

Rebels make five changes for Crusaders

Rebels Super Rugby head coach Tony McGahan has named a Super Rugby team with five changes to the starting line up for this weekend’s match against the Crusaders in Melbourne. McGahan welcomes back captain Nic Stirzaker, Tom English and Sefa Naivalu from injury, while Colby Fainga’a returns to the starting line-up and Lopeti Timani shifted […]

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May 25

Wasps and Exeter ensure attacking rugby and ambition return to Premiership

The final at Twickenham between the two top try-scoring teams in the league this season should show how game has moved away from risk-averse tactics

The Premiership play-off semi-finals were a fitting summary of a league season high on ambition. The finishes at Sandy Park and the Ricoh Arena, two replacements scoring tries to win the match in the closing minutes, were dramatic but even the dullest matches can come alive at the end when someone is chasing a game.

What went before in Exeter and Coventry was as notable as the punchline. It was not that long ago when many Premiership sides were risk averse, kicking in their own half and rarely offloading, but with more clubs now training like Eddie Jones’s England, high on pace and intensity with an emphasis on handling and continuity, matches are being won rather than not lost.

Related: London Irish return to Premiership after thrilling win over Yorkshire Carnegie

Related: England players could face New Zealand in autumn Barbarians game

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/25/wasps-exeter-ensure-attacking-rugby-ambition-return-premiership-final-twickenham

May 25

Cheetahs rotate for Sunwolves

Cheetahs Super Rugby head coach Franco Smith has named his team to play the Sunwolves at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday.  The match is the Cheetahs last on tour and Smith has promoted Torsten van Jaarsveld to captain taking over from the injured Francois Venter. Van Jaarsveld will be the starting hooker, sending Elandré […]

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May 25

Hika Elliot to play his last Super Rugby season

Chiefs centurion Hikawera (Hika) Elliot will depart New Zealand at the conclusion of the 2017 Super Rugby season to link up with French club US Oyonnax. Elliot, 31, has signed a two-year deal with the Top 14 side, marking the end of a lengthy rugby career in New Zealand that includes four Test appearances for […]

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May 25

Dagg wings it for Crusaders against Rebels

Crusaders Super Rugby head coach Scott Robertson has named a team with ten changes for this weekend’s match against the Rebels in Melbourne. Robertson has made ten changes to the the starting fifteen that beat the Chiefs last weekend in Fiji. Last week’s bench front row of Wyatt Crockett, Ben Funnell and Mike Alaalatoa becomes […]

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May 25

Smith returns for Highlanders against Waratahs

Highlanders Super Rugby head coach Tony Brown has named his team to play the Waratahs in Dunedin and included All Black fullback Ben Smith. Highlanders co-captain Smith returns to the starting side after a three week break for injury to play his record equalling 127th game for the Highlanders. Smith stands beside former Highlanders captain […]

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May 25

Hurricanes shuffle for Bulls clash

Hurricanes Super Rugby head coach Chris Boyd has named a reshuffled team to play the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday. Boyd has named Vaea Fifita to start at blindside for the first time this season after starting the last four matches at lock. Fifita will join openside Ardie Savea and No.8 Brad […]

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May 25

Sunwolves name team to play Cheetahs

Sunwolves Super Rugby head coach Filo Tiatia has named his team to play the Cheetahs in Tokyo on Saturday at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium. More to follow. Sunwolves 1 Keita INAGAKI,2 Yusuke NIWAI, 3 Takuma ASAHARA4 , Kotaro YATABE, 5 , Sam WYKES, 6 , Malgene ILAUA, 7 , Shuhei MATSUHASHI, 8 , Rahboni WARREN […]

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May 25

Waratahs unchanged for Highlanders in Dunedin

Waratahs Super Rugby Head Coach Daryl Gibson has named the same team to take the field against the Highlanders this Saturday, in the first game of their two match tour of New Zealand. Gibson has rewarded the side that defeated the Melbourne Rebels by 50 points to 23 last Sunday in Sydney and says the […]

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May 24

Super Rugby Team by Team Preview Rd.14

Super Rugby round 14 has nine matches with two on Friday,six Super Rugby matches on Saturday and the final match is in Johannesburg on Sunday . The weekend kicks off in Auckland on Friday and finishes on Sunday in Johannesburg. Here we list the teams as they are released and preview the nine upcoming matches. […]

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May 24

London Irish return to Premiership after thrilling win over Yorkshire Carnegie

• London Irish 55-48 Yorkshire Carnegie (84-66 on aggregate)
• Twelve tries and two red cards as Irish edge breathless contest

London Irish secured an instant return to the Premiership as they beat Yorkshire Carnegie 55-48 in an enthralling encounter at the Madejski Stadium.

Leading 29-18 following last week’s Championship final first-leg win at Headingley, Irish completed the job in style in front of their own fans to banish the memories of last season’s relegation with an 84-66 aggregate victory.

Related: London Irish’s Nick Kennedy: time to seize Championship play-offs moment

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/24/london-irish-yorkshire-carnegie-match-report

May 24

Sanzaar relations with Super Rugby clubs hit rock bottom as new issue looms | Bret Harris

With the axe still hanging over two Australian clubs, a date change for the start of next season’s competition is set to further inflame tensions

Just when the fractured relationships blighting southern hemisphere rugby union seemingly could not deteriorate any further, a new issue is brewing which is likely to add further strain.

The relations between Sanzaar and the Super Rugby clubs could hardly be at a lower ebb, and the urgent need for governance reform for the showpiece competition has been highlighted over recent months.

Related: Super Rugby cull: Western Force not dead yet with Rebels feeling heat

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/25/sanzaar-relations-with-super-rugby-clubs-hit-rock-bottom-as-new-issue-looms

May 24

Blues at near full strength team for Chiefs

Blues Super Rugby head coach Tana Umaga has named a near full strength team to play against the Chiefs at Eden Park on Friday. All Black Patrick Tuipulotu returns to the starting line-up, while Michael Collins also returns at fullback after both came off the bench for the match against the Stormers in South Africa […]

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May 24

Chiefs make three changes for Blues in Auckland

Chiefs Super Rugby head coach Dave Rennie has named a team with three changes for this weekend’s match against the Blues in Auckland. The Chiefs lost to the Crusaders last weekend which has allowed the Hurricanes to move above them in the New Zealand Conference. There’s just one change to the forward pack with relentless […]

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