Super Rugby round 19 picks: All Blacks galore rested for final round - will it come back to haunt anyone?

The final round of Super Rugby is upon us and there's another two derbies to dissect. Who are the TVNZ rugby oracles picking? Check below!

How it works: TVNZ sports buffs will chip in their picks for matches involving New Zealand sides each round with some adding a little insight into their thinking. A correct result will give them two points and a correct margin a bonus point.

ROUND 19

Chiefs v Hurricanes
Highlanders v Rebels
Crusaders v Blues

Matt Hall-Smith - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Chiefs v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 13+
Highlanders v Rebels: Highlanders 13+
Crusaders v Blues: Crusaders 13+

Guy Heveldt - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Chiefs v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 1-12
Highlanders v Rebels: Highlanders 13+
Crusaders v Blues: Crusaders 13+

Brodyn Knuckey - 1 NEWS NOW Sport Producer

Chiefs v Hurricanes: Chiefs 1-12 - "Devil's advocate. Chiefs are a tough pack at home. Hurricanes 'resting' an in-form Bus as well."
Highlanders v Rebels: Highlanders 13+
Crusaders v Blues: Crusaders 13+ - "I don't think you even need to be a follower of the Heveldt anti-Blues law to pick this one."

Faleatua Malili - 1 NEWS NOW Sport Producer

Chiefs v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 13+
Highlanders v Rebels: Highlanders 1-12
Crusaders v Blues: Crusaders 1-12

John McKenzie - 1 NEWS Reporter

Chiefs v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 1-12
Highlanders v Rebels: Highlanders 13+
Crusaders v Blues: Crusaders 13+

Michelle Prendiville - 1 NEWS Sport Producer

Chiefs v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 1-12
Highlanders v Rebels: Highlanders 13+
Crusaders v Blues: Crusaders 13+

Josh Reich - 1 NEWS NOW Homepage Editor

Chiefs v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 1-12
Highlanders v Rebels: Highlanders 13+
Crusaders v Blues: Crusaders 13+

Andrew Saville - 1 NEWS Sport Presenter

Chiefs v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 1-12 - "Hurricanes trying to get back on a roll after that flat patch. Chiefs are tough in Hamilton but resting a few as well."
Highlanders v Rebels: Highlanders 13+ - "Highlanders will be desperate to get back on track and for a big blow out."
Crusaders v Blues: Crusaders 13+ - "Surely only going one way! Crusaders will be looking to hold on to momentum going into the playoffs."

Stephen Stuart - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Chiefs v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 1-12 - "Will be close but Marty isn’t quite Damian McKenzie."
Highlanders v Rebels: Highlanders 13+ - "I really like the look of the ‘landers loose forward trio."
Crusaders v Blues: Crusaders 13+ - "Impossible to see bumbling Blues breaking derby duck."

Tamati Rimene-Sproat - Seven Sharp reporter

Chiefs v Hurricanes
Highlanders v Rebels
Crusaders v Blues

Victor Waters - Breakfast Sport Producer - LEADER

Chiefs v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 1-12 - "Chiefs may have won 3 of the last 4 regular season games against the Hurricanes but Chris Boyd’s side on paper just look too strong."
Highlanders v Rebels: Highlanders 13+
Crusaders v Blues: Crusaders 13+ - "Blues will try and give Jerome Kaino a fitting farewell but I can't foresee anything other than a Crusaders triumph."

Abby Wilson - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Chiefs v Hurricanes: Hurricanes 1-12
Highlanders v Rebels: Highlanders 1-12
Crusaders v Blues: Crusaders 13+

Scoreboard: Waters 117, Saville 111, Heveldt 109, Malili 108, Knuckey 99, Stuart 98, Rimene-Sproat 96, Wilson 95, Reich 93, Hall-Smith 89, Prendiville 87, McKenzie 87.

The 1 NEWS Sport team break down this week's Super Rugby round 19 action. Source: 1 NEWS


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'Mum and dad will be stoked' - Ioane brothers thrilled to re-sign with NZ Rugby

All Blacks winger Rieko Ioane has hailed the influence of older brother Akira, as the pair today recommitted to New Zealand Rugby for another four years.

Rieko, 21, and Akira, 23, both put pen to paper on new deals, deciding to remain within New Zealand for the foreseeable future.

Speaking to media at Auckland Airport, Rieko spoke about the pair's decisions to stay at home in New Zealand.

"We've been lucky enough to play together for so long," he said.

"I'm pretty happy that both Aki and I are staying around home for a bit longer.

"I'm sure mum and dad will be stoked as well."

Both Rieko and Akira Ioane have penned new deals to stay in NZ. Source: 1 NEWS


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'He's only just beginning' – Steve Hansen gushes over Rieko Ioane's new deal

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says that there's more to come from star winger Rieko Ioane, as the youngster put pen to paper on a new deal with New Zealand Rugby.

Since making his debut at the end of 2016, Ioane, 21, has been a standout for the All Blacks, displacing Julian Savea as the first-choice in the number 11 jersey.

Speaking to media ahead of his side's departure to Argentina, Hansen spoke of his delight at Ioane's commitment to the All Blacks.

"He's a special player and he's only at the beginning of his career," Hansen began.

"What he's done so far, with maturity and greater game understanding is just going to get better and better.

"He's only just beginning."

The winger has recommitted to New Zealand Rugby for another four years. Source: 1 NEWS


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Rieko Ioane on rejecting huge overseas deals to stay in NZ: 'The Black jersey is enough for me'

All Blacks winger Rieko Ioane has spoken about rejecting lucrative overseas deals to remain in New Zealand, recommitting to NZR with a new four-year deal.

Ioane, 21, and brother Akira signed on the dotted line to remain in New Zealand for the next four years, fronting media at Auckland Airport to explain his decision.

"I want to establish myself in New Zealand," he began.

"The black jersey is enough for me, and is enough to keep me here.

"Rugby is what I love playing, and to play in the best team in the world is motivating enough for me, overseas didn't come into the picture."

The All Blacks star penned a new four-year NZR deal this morning. Source: 1 NEWS


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Kieran Read out, Vaea Fifita recalled for All Blacks' trip to Argentina

All Blacks captain Kieran Read will miss his side's Rugby Championship clash with Argentina in Buenos Aires, with Wellington flanker Vaea Fifita called in as a replacement.

Read, 32, will be sent straight to South Africa, missing the All Blacks' Argentinian leg of their Rugby Championship campaign, coach Steve Hansen confirmed to media at Auckland Airport today.

"The original plan was always to make sure we don't have him sitting in a plane too long," Hansen began.

"When you go to Argentina then to South Africa, short turnaround, and not a great ride from Argentina to South Africa.

"The smart play is to leave him at home and send him straight to Africa."

Read's absence sees Vaea Fifita return to the side, having originally been overlooked for the All Blacks' Rugby Championship campaign, with the Wellington flanker controversially stating that he didn't understand why he'd been dropped.

"He's always been on our mind," Hansen said of Fifita.

"We've given him the task of going and playing some Mitre 10 Cup, he's done that.

"With Reado not coming we need a replacement, he's the obvious man."

The All Blacks' newest weapon sat out of practice with a sore shoulder today. Source: 1 NEWS


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