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Rugby: Broken thumb puts Kieran Read in doubt for Lions series - New Zealand Herald

All Blacks captain Kieran Read has broken his thumb in the Crusaders' big win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, an injury which requires surgery and which will put him in doubt for the British and Irish Lions series. Read, who has only just returned ...and more »

Chris Rattue: Sam Whitelock is a lock as the new All Black captain - New Zealand Herald

Not even close. If Kieran Read can't start the Lions series, then it should be Sam Whitelock for captain. Whitelock is the man, by a country mile. In a potential All Black disaster, Kieran Read is racing against time for the first test at Eden Park in ...and more »

Injury to Kieran Read may force changes for All Blacks - what options are there? -

Kieran Read has made just three appearances fro the Crusaders this season. He will spend at least six weeks recovery from surgery on his fractured right thumb. If No 8 Kieran Read isn't fit for the first test against the British and Irish Lions, do the ...and more »

Sam Whitelock cited for yellow card incident after SANZAAR commissioner deemed offence red card worthy - TVNZ

Sam Whitelock hsa been cited by SANZAAR's Foul Play Review Committee for his yellow card incident while play for the Crusaders against the Cheetahs this morning. Whitelock was yellow carded after he allegedly struck another player with his elbow in the ...and more »

Whetu Douglas won't be back to help the high-flying Crusaders after losing Kieran Read to injury -

George Bridge has been impressive in his debut season with the Crusaders. He scored three tries in the 48-21 win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, taking his tally to seven for the season. It is not as if the Crusaders aren't used to coping without ...and more »

5 talking points: Super Rugby Week 10 - Sport24

Just when their fans thought things couldn't get any worse after an eight-try 57-24 demolition by the Crusaders in their first game on tour, it did as they conceded nine in an ugly 57-14 reverse to the Highlanders in Dunedin. It doesn't take a rocket ...and more »

Super Rugby team of the week - New Zealand Herald

You'll be unsurprised by an absence of Chiefs in this week's team and that's all about their performance, not the oppositions; the Highlanders were great fun, the Crusaders pretty entertaining too while the Blues got a much need win and in doing so ...and more »

Neil Francis: Warren Gatland will regret omitting Irish pair when All Blacks' pace and guile rout Lions - Irish Independent

I had the pleasure of listening to Senator George Mitchell at a bash in the National Gallery in Dublin on Wednesday night. One of the points he focused on was expectation. He used the analogy of the wedding night of Elizabeth Taylor and her sixth ...and more »

Crusaders' Whitelock gets 2-week ban - Sport24

Cape Town - Crusaders lock Sam Whitelock has been suspended for two weeks for striking an opponent during his side's 48-21 win over the Cheetahs on Saturday. The All Blacks forward was shown a yellow card after he drove an elbow into face of an ...and more »

Rugby: Crusaders enhance champion credentials - New Zealand Herald

A perennial question since their last title in 2008 has been when the Crusaders will win one again. The more pressing question might be: who will be the first team to beat them this season? Their seven-try victory over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein ...and more »