Dane Coles will step up to lead the Hurricanes in Friday night’s Super Rugby Aotearoa match against the Chiefs in a week which saw the veteran hooker commit to the club for the next two years.
Coles replaces the injured Ardie Savea as leader after the dynamic loose forward was ruled
Making use of a strong tail wind in the first half, the Chiefs under 20s made a 45-0 start to beat the Barbarians 69-28 and remain the only unbeaten side in the Bunnings Warehouse Super Rugby Aotearoa Under-20 tournament in Taupo on Saturday.
However, the Barbarians fought back hard in the
Spread the word: the Chiefs are officially back in business. After losing 11 games on the trot, they now stand as genuine Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa title contenders after beating the Crusaders 26-25 at FMG Stadium Waikato.
In a wildly entertaining game in front of a bumper 18,500 crowd that featured
Compelling leadership displays by halfback Aaron Smith, and his loose forward combination, helped the Highlanders to a 35–29 Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa win over the Blues in Dunedin on Friday.
Smith was everywhere, upsetting the Blues at every chance and leading a strong defensive effort that nullified the attacking sorties mounted
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