Wales remained on course for the most unlikely of Six Nations Grand Slams after they beat an indisciplined England 40-24 in a controversial match in Cardiff.
If you were gathering evidence that the Blues could be the real deal in 2021, their 31-16 season-opening victory over the Hurricanes would make a strong start to the prosecution's case.
Highlanders coach Tony Brown has accused the Crusaders of pushing "the letter of the law" after his team lost to the reigning champions in Friday's Super Rugby Aotearoa opener.
The Crusaders have made an emphatic start to the Super Rugby Aotearoa season, with a 26-13 win over the Highlanders in Dunedin.
The Crusaders will again start as favourites for Super Rugby Aotearoa which starts tomorrow, while the Hurricanes have plenty of muscle but may be weak in a couple of areas.
The premier club season will start on April 10 and finish on July 31, knocking out the Otago representative players from the business end of the season.
Irish lock Jack Regan has survived a pandemic and taken an opportunity with both hands, earning a start for the Highlanders tomorrow night.
The Highlanders have named Josh Ioane and Liam Squire on the bench for their season opener against the Crusaders in Dunedin on Friday night.
Super Rugby Aotearoa kicks off this Friday night — a month later than last year. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn looks at the chances of the Blues and the Chiefs.
All Blacks halfback Brad Weber will join All Blacks Captain Sam Cane as co-Captain of the Chiefs for the 2021 Super Rugby season.