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Lions Challenges: An In-Depth Look At New Zealand’s Super Rugby Franchises

NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 21: Vince Aso of the Hurricanes makes a break past Joe Powell of the Brumbies during the round nine Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Brumbies at McLean Park on April 21, 2017 in Napier, New Zealand. (Photo by Kerry Marshall/Getty Images)

After twelve rounds of Super Rugby, New Zealand teams dominate the competition with the undefeated Crusaders top of the New Zealand standings on an eleven-match winning streak. If the knockout stages were to be played this weekend, the Crusaders would be joined by the Lions, Stormers and Brumbies as conference winners, whilst three of the four wildcard slots would be …

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“I Didn’t Even Know There Was A Bone There” – Waratahs Back Opens Up On Scary Injury

Injuries are par for the course when it comes to rugby, as the highly physical nature of the game inevitably takes its toll on even the fittest and strongest players. Sometimes, however, injuries come along that are scarier than others.  Just such an injury visited Andrew Kellaway in April. The young Waratahs back awoke one night, struggling for breath as …

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Watch: Bloody Hell, Is There Anything Jordie Barrett Can’t Do?!

The much-anticipated clash between the Crusaders and the Hurricanes took place on Saturday morning with the Christchurch outfit emerging 20-12 victors over their rivals.  Unfortunately, due to the greasy conditions, the game was characterised by a number of unforced errors but the game was enthralling nonetheless as two of Super Rugby’s best sides battled it out. A Matt Todd try after 51 …

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Watch: Brilliant Beauden Barrett Cross-Kick Montage Will Have Lions Worried

NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 21: Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes kicks during the round nine Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Brumbies at McLean Park on April 21, 2017 in Napier, New Zealand. (Photo by Kerry Marshall/Getty Images)

Warning: the following video may be disturbing for optimistic Lions fans. If his scintillating running, passing and chip kicks weren’t enough, this year Beauden Barrett has unveiled his latest piece of attacking weaponry: the pinpoint, laser-guided cross-kick. As the video below shows, Barrett has learnt how to do the low cross-kick pioneered by Dan Carter, and actually taken it to …

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