The Rebels and Reds drew 18-18 in a scrappy Super Rugby AU contest played out in front of a small crowd at Brookvale Oval on Friday after the novelty of golden point extra time failed to separate the sides.
The constant stream of New Zealand derbies in Super Rugby Aotearoa is taking a heavy physical toll on players, and teams are having to prioritize recovery during the week, Wellington Hurricanes coach Jason Holland has said.
Waratahs coach Rob Penney has backed Australia to go it alone should New Zealand not play ball on a trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition in 2021.
Heartbroken by the axing of the Western Force in 2017, the team's fans had every right to walk away from rugby altogether. But a small group instead decided to mobilise, and can now bask in the franchise's return to the national stage on Saturday.
The future of the SANZAAR alliance has been cast into further doubt after a leaked report suggested New Zealand's Aratipu review will recommend the country pursues a trans-Tasman provincial competition from 2021.
Rising No. 8 Hoskins Sotutu has committed his immediate future to the Blues and New Zealand rugby, removing almost any chance England coach Eddie Jones could make an audacious bid for the 22-year-old.
Venue: FMG Stadium Waikato
12:45 AM, May 9, 2020