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6dReuters

Christie double keeps Blues title hopes alive

Finlay Christie scored an early try in each half as the Blues beat the Highlanders in their Super Rugby Aotearoa clash in Dunedin to keep the race for the domestic title still alive.

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13dSam Bruce

Aotearoa R7: Canes the new kings of Christchurch

We have ourselves a competition. The Hurricanes' upset of the Crusaders has set up a thrilling conclusion to Super Rugby Aotearoa, just as the battle for All Blacks spots is also really starting to hot up.

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13dReuters

Blues defence sends Chiefs to seventh successive defeat

The Blues got back on the winning path as they sent the Chiefs crashing to an unwanted record with a 21-17 victory in a defensively focussed Super Rugby Aotearoa clash at Eden Park.

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14dReuters

Barrett thinks boo-boys should stop

Beauden Barrett was less than impressed with the welcome he received from his former hometown fans last week in Super Rugby Aotearoa and is hopeful that New Zealand crowds will stop booing opposition teams.

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20dSam Bruce

Aotearoa R6: Ngani Laumape makes powerhouse point

Round 6 of Super Rugby Aotearoa produced two further gripping encounters, but it was the performance of Ngani Laumape that left a significant impact on several Blues players and certainly should silence some "disrespectful" critics.

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20dReuters

Beaudy eyeing return to 'preferred' fly-half position

A neck injury to Otere Black is expected to see Beauden Barrett return to his preferred fly-half position next week, which should give him a chance to recoup lost ground to Richie Mo'unga in the battle for the All Blacks No. 10 jersey.

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21dReuters

Barrett kicks Hurricanes to last gasp win

Jordie Barrett outshone his older brother Beauden after slotting a 76th minute sideline conversion to kick the Hurricanes to victory in the final minutes of their 29-27 victory over the Blues.

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23dReuters

Dan Carter's Blues debut put on ice

The wait for Dan Carter's Super Rugby Aotearoa debut goes on after the former All Blacks fly-half was withdrawn from the Blues bench for Saturday's clash with the Hurricanes due to calf tightness.

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27dSam Bruce

Aotearoa R5: Mo'unga masterclass highlights Blues' Barrett conundrum

The Crusaders' blockbuster with the Blues certainly didn't disappoint, as Richie Mo'unga dominated from fly-half and gave Leon MacDonald something to ponder as a result. Catch up with all the weekend's Super Rugby Aotearoa action here.

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32dESPN staff

Sotutu re-signs with Blues in strong ABs hint

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.

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35dReuters

Carter wows locals, says he was 'a bit rusty'

Dan Carter gave himself a pass mark after his first game of rugby in New Zealand since 2015 but was not expecting to make a marketers' dream debut for the Blues next week against the Crusaders.

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36dReuters

Barrett signs in Japan, miss Super Rugby in 2021

New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett will miss Super Rugby next year and play for Suntory Sungoliath in Japan's Top League, but he will be available for the three-times world champions' international programme, the Blues said on Friday.

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33dSam Bruce

Aotearoa R4: The Crusaders can make you look very silly

Just how good do you have to be to beat the Crusaders right now? Well you have to take every opportunity that comes your way for a start. Meanwhile, something is just not quite right with the Chiefs.

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40dSam Bruce

Aotearoa R3: New Zealand production line in full swing

The results in Round 3 of Super Rugby Aotearoa went to plan, but the games were closer than many thought they would be. It also showcased two rising talents in New Zealand rugby, and the importance of good decision-making.

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42dReuters

Blues stay unbeaten after Highlanders blow late opportunity

The Highlanders could have brought on the first golden-point of Super Rugby Aotearoa, but they instead kicked for the corner and then turned the ball over from the lineout to let the Blues off the hook on Saturday night.

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47dSam Bruce

Is this the next great All Blacks No. 8?

Super Rugby Aotearoa again produced a heap of penalties as players continue to adapt to a greater focus on the game's laws at the breakdown. But the Blues are two from two, and their big No. 8 continues to impress right across the paddock.

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49dReuters

Barrett gives Blues breathing room to beat Chiefs

Beauden Barrett sparked a final quarter resurgence by the Blues that carried them to a 24-12 win over the Chiefs in New Zealand's Super Rugby Aotearoa competition on Saturday.

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52dSam Bruce

Trans-Tasman comp has support of All Blacks great

Australia's Super Rugby chief executives have been invited to be part of a conference call with their New Zealand counterparts as All Blacks great Justin Marshall says both nations need each other moving forward.

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54dLiam Napier

Super Rugby Aotearoa reignites Kiwis' love of rugby

Penalties might have flowed freely, but that did little to diminish Super Rugby Aotearoa's opening weekend, the competition reaping the rewards as the public fell for the national sport again, Liam Napier writes.

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55dReuters

Coles has his moment, but Beaudy has last laugh

Beauden Barrett saw Dane Coles' eyes light up as the hooker barrelled towards him early in their Super Rugby Aotearoa clash on Sunday and was left with no doubt how his former Hurricanes teammate felt about his move to the Blues.

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55dReuters

Blues down Hurricanes in front of packed Eden Park

Otere Black outshone his more illustrious team mate Beauden Barrett to give the Blues a winning start in Super Rugby Aotearoa as they beat the Hurricanes 30-20 at a sold-out Eden Park on Sunday.

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58dSam Bruce

NZ Rugby embraces 'autonomy, innovation' as rugby's first returners

New Zealand Rugby is the beneficiary of the nation's outstanding response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Super Rugby Aotearoa to kick-off this weekend. The first rugby competition to return across the globe, it will look a little bit different.

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58dSam Bruce

Super Rugby Aotearoa's Most Valuable Players: 10-1

The wait is almost over, Super Rugby Aotearoa is now just a couple of days away. To celebrate, we've come up with our list of the top 20 Most Valuable Players for the new competition. Introducing the top 10.

2020 RankingsSuper Rugby

  • BLUES5th
    Tries Scored 1st Queensland Reds : 32 Tries Scored
    REDS1st
    25
    32
  • BLUES5th
    Points Difference 1st Brumbies : 93 Points Difference
    BRUMB1st
    58
    93