Preparation for the World Rugby Under 20 Championship kicks into action in Palmerston North this week with 46 players selected for the first trial camp of the year.
Investec Super Rugby finalists from the last two seasons, the Lions, have made a flying start to this year’s competition and are looking to extend their run of wins to four when hosting their first New Zealand opponents, the Blues, at Ellis Park on Sunday (NZT).
The Hurricanes and New Zealand Rugby have today announced that John Plumtree will take the Head Coach role for the 2019 Investec Super Rugby season.
Highlanders fans and, more importantly, the Highlanders loose forwards may find themselves having to cope with one of the hotter new properties in South African rugby when meeting the Stormers in Dunedin on Friday.
Settling into their work now the early jitters are over and done with, the key contenders for the Investec Super Rugby title, the Crusaders, the Lions and the Hurricanes all showed better touches in the third week of competition.
Getting their Investec Super Rugby campaign back on track with a 34-9 win over the Jaguares had been important for the Hurricanes ahead of their return home to play the Crusaders in Wellington on Saturday.
The All Blacks Sevens have fallen to Argentina late on day one at the Las Vegas Sevens to leave their title hopes in the balance with one pool match remaining against Scotland tomorrow.
The Crusaders have notched their second bonus-point win in as many weeks with a 45-28 victory over the Stormers in Christchurch.
Securing a win was all it was about for the Hurricanes who beat the Jaguares 34-9 on the basis of resolute defence in their Investec Super Rugby game in Buenos Aires on Sunday (NZT).
Frustrated by their first-up loss against the Bulls in Pretoria, the Hurricanes are chasing redemption when meeting the Jaguares in Buenos Aires on Sunday (NZT).