Crusaders

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The Crusaders are heavy favourites for their quarter-final match in Christchurch.

'The hairs on the neck standing up' - Owen Franks wary of Sharks after South Africans beat three Kiwi sides on way to quarter-finals

The Crusaders are heavy favourites for their quarter-final match in Christchurch, but Franks isn't buying that.

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Doreen Searle was the most one-eyed Canterbury rugby supporter, and loved the team like they were her own.

Crusaders pay tribute to super fan Doreen after her death at 96

Crusaders captain Sam Whitelock said Doreen Searle was always quick with a hug and a kiss for the players.

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Robertson became the latest Kiwi coach to be questioned about the former All Black but he responded in his own unique way.

Watch: Jokester Scott Robertson cracks a funny, teases media when quizzed on Ma'a Nonu speculation

Robertson became the latest Kiwi coach to be questioned about the former All Black but he responded in his own unique way.

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The two teams last faced off in round five of the 2016 season.

Crusaders' forward pack gets All Blacks injection for quarter-final against Sharks

Codie Taylor, Owen Franks and Scott Barrett are three of the five changes to the squad.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 07:  Crusaders coach Scott Robertson gets a hug from super fan Doreen Searle during the Crusaders arrival at Christchurch Airport on August 7, 2017 in Christchurch, New Zealand. The Crusaders beat the Lions to win the 2017 Super Rugby Final on Saturday night in Johannesburg.  (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Crusaders to honour super fan Doreen Searle before quarter-final clash with Sharks

Searle, 96, died of a heart attack on Sunday and was one of the Crusaders' most loyal supporters.

Injuries hamper Kieran Read, Ryan Crotty after Crusaders hammer Blues

The All Blacks duo both left the field early in their side's 54-17 win last night.

Crusaders lock Scott Barrett celebrates his try with teammate Kieran Read. Crusaders v Highlanders. Super Rugby, round 19, Wyatt Crockett Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, 6th July 2018. Photo Copyright: Craig Morrison / www.photosport.nz

Super Rugby power rankings: Defending champs Crusaders on top as play-offs draws near

1 NEWS NOW rugby expert Campbell Burnes takes a loot at who's hot, and who's not in Super Rugby this week.

'We weren't far off' - Highlanders unlucky against Crusaders, says coach

Aaron Mauger says last night's 45-22 defeat in Christchurch flattered the Crusaders.

Ryan Crotty of the Crusaders. Crusaders v Chiefs, Super Rugby week 2, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand. 24 February 2018. Copyright Image: www.photosport.nz Crusaders v Chiefs, Super Rugby week 2, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand. 24 February 2018. Copyright Image: www.photosport.nz

Ryan Crotty, Joe Moody suffer injury woes in Crusaders' win over Highlanders

The All Blacks pair both had to leave the field prematurely in their side's 45-22 win in Christchurch.

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Crockett will play his 200th match for the Crusaders on Friday, so his team are giving their home ground a new name for the night.

Crusaders to face Highlanders at 'Wyatt Crockett Stadium' in honour of prop's 200th match

The front rower will notch his double-century of matches in Christchurch on Friday.

World Series Rugby 'concept is great' says Scott Robertson

The Crusaders embraced the new competition rules, defeating the Western Force 44-8 last night.

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The Crusaders star was overlooked for Cane and Ardie Savea to face France.

Matt Todd, Luke Romano, Tom Franklin added to All Blacks squad as injury cover

The trio will link up with the squad in Auckland ahead of this weekend's series opener against France,

As it happened: Rag-tag Crusaders hold on for hard-fought win in wet conditions after physical clash with Hurricanes

The Crusaders have held off the Hurricanes in horrid conditions to take hold of the NZ Super Rugby conference despite having six All Blacks missing.

Jordan Taufua against the Blues

Crusaders enforcer Jordan Taufua ruled out of Hurricanes clash after injury in All Blacks camp

Taufua suffered a calf injury during ABs camp earlier in the week.

Blues hooker James Parsons says banned Owen Franks never apologised to him over incident

The revelation contradicts judiciary statement about why Crusaders prop's ban was halved.

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Coach Scott Robertson is without his captains and three All Blacks props for the top-of-the-table clash.

Crusaders' headaches continue to grow as Sam Whitelock, Ryan Crotty both ruled out for Hurricanes encounter

Coach Scott Robertson is without his captains and three All Blacks props for the top-of-the-table clash.

Owen Franks of the Crusaders warms up during the Super Rugby match, Crusaders V Sunwolves, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, 21st April 2018.Copyright photo: John Davidson / www.photosport.nz

'We just need to be tidier' - Crusaders not a dirty side, says assistant coach

Both Owen Franks and Joe Moody are currently serving suspensions for striking opponents.

Super Rugby Power Rankings: Jags on the prowl, 'Tahs snap trans-Tasman hoodoo

Crusaders and Hurricanes face off this week to determine top NZ side.

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The Crusaders coach has played a big part in Taufua's rise.

Watch: Jordan Taufua credits Crusaders boss Robertson for ABs nod

The Crusaders coach has played a big part in Taufua's rise.

Jordan Taufua against the Blues

Brave Blues slump to another defeat as Richie Mo'unga masterclass sees Crusaders prevail

The Blues' struggles continued, falling to a gutsy 32-24 defeat in Auckland.

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Matt Hall-Smith's hair came in for some stick from Scott Robertson, after they both nearly got nailed by an errant ball.

Watch: Crusaders coach Scott Robertson cracks a funny after 1 NEWS reporter nearly taken out by high ball

Matt Hall-Smith's hair came in for some stick from Scott Robertson, after they both nearly got nailed by an errant ball.

Sam Whitelock tackled by Israel Folau
Waratahs v Crusaders Super rugby match at Allianz Stadium, Sydney Australia. Sunday 2 April 2017. Photo: Paul Seiser / www.photosport.nz

Sam Whitelock out, Crotty and Franks return for Crusaders' clash with Blues

Scott Robertson has made six changes for his side's trip to Eden Park this weekend.

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Bryn Hall will face his old teammates in a classic Kiwi derby this weekend.

Ex-Blues halfback says 'it's going to click sometime' ahead of Crusaders clash

Bryn Hall will face his old teammates in a classic Kiwi derby this weekend.

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The All Blacks captain hasn't played any rugby since the 2017 end of year tour.

Watch: Kieran Read thrilled with return to Crusaders training - 'You've gotta be patient'

The All Blacks captain hasn't played any rugby since the 2017 end of year tour.

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