As it stated in Ngani Laumape of the Wellington Hurricanes (R) is tackled by Hikaru Tamura of Sunwolves during their Super Rugby match, at Prince Chichibu Memorial stadium in Tokyo, on February 25, 2017Defending champions Wellington Hurricanes are relishing the prospect of “brutal” clash with the Waikato Chiefs on Friday in what will be their first real test of the Super rugby season.
Stormers’s SP Marais scores a try during their Super Rugby match against the Jaguares, at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, on March 4, 2017The Lions, beaten by the Hurricanes in last year’s final, are without five Springboks for their Jaguares match.
“The boys love these home games and they hate losing to each other,” he said, describing New Zealand derbies as “pretty brutal” affairs.
The only other unbeaten side after two rounds, the Canterbury Crusaders, travel to Queensland to face the Reds on Saturday.
– Lions favoured -Boyd believes the complicated Super rugby draw which sees the Lions avoid all the New Zealand sides during the conference phase should see the South Africans top the regular season and be set to host the final.
referring to Brumbies team: 15.
ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham has called for a swift end to a drawn-out period of Australian rugby uncertainty as powerbrokers prepare to make decisions on Super Rugby’s future.
Force team: 15.
One proposal is for one Australian team and two South African teams to be cut from the competition.
SUPER RUGBY ROUND THREEFriday: ACT Brumbies v Western Force at Canberra Stadium, 7.45pm.
Super Rugby format change: SANZAAR meeting in London to decide
DON’T expect any big announcements when SANZAAR chiefs complete their key meeting about the ailing Super Rugby competition on Friday (Saturday AEDT).
Live stream the 2017 Vodafone Super Rugby season on FOX SPORTS.
New Zealand prizes its rugby relationship and competition with great traditional foe South Africa.
Representatives from the Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina rugby governing bodies will meet in London to consider detail of several options to fix the ungainly and uneven format which has left many fans disillusioned.
It would provide Australian fans with popular derbies and trans-Tasman clashes while losing the largely-unwatched matches in South Africa played in the early hours of Australian time.
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