The Blues have suffered a major injury blow with All Blacks loose forward Jerome Kaino facing six weeks on the sideline.
The Australian Rugby Union has rejected a call for a merger between Super Rugby franchises Melbourne Rebels and the Brumbies.
Playing in front of their biggest home crowd of the Super Rugby season, the Force pushed the Chiefs all the way in a nine-point defeat.
The Crusaders have extended their unbeaten record by humbling the Stormers in one of their best performances of the season.
It was a slow start but a less sluggish finish from the Highlanders and as expected, they ended up destroying the Sunwolves.
New South Wales Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson has conceded his future at the Super Rugby club is under the microscope in the wake of the Sydney side's embarrassing capitulation against the struggling Southern Kings on Friday.
The Sunwolves have some strengths, they are on the improve - but really, come on. If ever there was a game for the Highlanders' taking then this afternoon's Super Rugby match in Invercargill surely is it.
The comparisons with Christian Cullen are inevitable.
Former All Black Murray Mexted has highlighted the Sonny Bill Williams sponsor snub as symptomatic of a lack of team culture in the Blues Super Rugby team.
Jordie Barrett looks set to stay with the Hurricanes for the short term, rather than head to Australia with the New Zealand Under 20s.
It was another weekend of New Zealand dominance in Super Rugby.
Jaco Kriel scored a controversial try to lead the Lions to a 29-16 victory, while Handre Pollard booted 16 points to seal the win for the Bulls.
The Chiefs mounted a fantastic comeback from 24-0 down over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
Reece Hodge has booted the Rebels to their first Super Rugby win of 2017, downing the Brumbies in a thriller in Melbourne.
Of all the defeats the Blues have and will suffer this season, this is the one that will hurt the most.
Queensland have won for the first time in seven Super Rugby games, defeating the visiting Kings at Suncorp Stadium.
The Crusaders' Manasa Mataele scored three tries in the first half as they celebrated Wyatt Crockett's record Super Rugby appearance with a 50-3 victory over the Sunwolves in Christchurch.
A stint in the South helped Wyatt Crockett on the way to greater things.
Super Rugby's leading try-scorer and the Savea brothers are back in the Hurricanes' side to take on the Blues at Eden Park.
Sonny Bill Williams has been granted a dispensation to wear a Blues jersey without the logos of two of the corporate sponsors on it.