New Zealand sides have made a strong start to Super Rugby. Four of the five Kiwi teams registered wins in the first week of the competition. The Hurricanes were arguably the most impressive.
The Hurricanes opened their Super Rugby title defence by humiliating Japan's Sunwolves in a record 83-17 victory.
They featured a few new faces but it was the same old Crusaders who last night earned a season-opening 17-13 win over the Brumbies.
The Lions began their new Super Rugby campaign with an unconvincing 28-25 victory over the Cheetahs at the Free State Stadium on Saturday.
The Queensland Reds have snatched a come-from-behind 28-26 win over the Sharks in their Super Rugby season opener.
Feet need to be kept firmly on the ground and thoughts of a Blues' revival put on hold for now for, but it will be hard after the Blues opened their campaign with a thumping 56-18 Super Rugby win.
Fullback Israel Dagg will become the latest Super Rugby centurion when his Crusaders team take on the Brumbies in Christchurch on Saturday.
World Rugby's Player of the Year Beauden Barrett will be on the bench for the Wellington Hurricanes in their Super Rugby opener against the Sunwolves in Tokyo on Saturday.
All five New Zealand sides have the talent to win the Super Rugby title. But only one can. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn looks at the chances of the four other sides, starting with the Chiefs.
The men across the Tasman are as ever talking up their chances. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn takes a look at the five Super Rugby sides from Australia.
The Blues will leave for Melbourne and their Super Rugby season-opener against the Rebels buoyed by a sense of expectation.
English side Bristol Rugby have announced the signing of All Blacks and Blues back rower Steven Luatua.
The 26-year-old has been sidelined since May last year when he suffered a head knock in the Chiefs Super Rugby match against the Highlanders.
All Blacks lock Patrick Tuipulotu will not report for duty with the Blues Super Rugby franchise next week and will be sidelined indefinitely by an "ongoing personal matter".
The Blues are poised to announce they will play an official Super Rugby match in Samoa this year.
Sonny Bill Williams' Blues debut will come about six weeks into the Super Rugby season, the injured cross-code star predicts.
Hurricanes assistant coach John Plumtree has confirmed his team never expected to field their leading All Blacks for the upcoming Brisbane Tens.
Several Wallabies will lead the Brumbies' squad selected to compete for the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens title.
Duco Events insist next month's Brisbane Tens tournament will feature top All Black talent.
Chiefs rugby players have allegedly verbally abused two female parking wardens after a training session.