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Robbie Deans: Crusaders Super Rugby triumph in South Africa would be 'best yet' - The Nelson Mail

Crusaders coach Robbie Deans, centre, with Greg Somerville (L) and Brad Thorn with the spoils are the Crusaders' last Super Rugby win in 2008. Robbie Deans - the last coach to lead the Crusaders to a Super Rugby title - says a win in Johannesburg would ...and more »

History proves Crusaders should have little to fear from Jaco Peyper against Lions - Stuff.co.nz

South African referee Jaco Peyper, pictured during the semifinal between the Lions and Hurricanes last weekend, is the best man to control the Super Rugby final said Sanzaar boss Andy Marinos. . OPINION: Sanzaar have elected to dance merrily along a ...and more »

Visa changes to South Africa hit Crusaders fans where it hurts - The Press

Rugby fan Grant Golding, pictured with his children Kyan (left) and Anamika at a Canterbury game in 2015, has flagged hopes of supporting the Crusaders in the Super Rugby final. A change in visa regulations has thwarted some Crusaders fans' hopes of ...and more »

Even South Africans see no sense in Jaco Peyper refereeing Super Rugby final - Stuff.co.nz

The decision to have Jaco Peyper referee the Super Rugby final has even drawn a sharp response in his South African homeland. Jaco Peyper's appointment to referee the Super Rugby final has bemused even the normally one-eyed South African rugby ...and more »

NZ Rugby chief medical officer: Travelling Crusaders disadvantaged - Stuff.co.nz

A 2010 photo of Ian Murphy giving then-Hurricanes lock Jason Eaton a flu jab. After a 13,194-kilometre journey to South Africa and about 16 hours of travel, the Crusaders are facing a disadvantage in their final against the Lions this weekend. A flawed ...and more »

Tony Smith: Stadium state not only reason for Crusaders' crowd figures dip - Stuff.co.nz

There were a lot of empty seats at AMI Stadium for the Crusaders' semifinal against the Chiefs. OPINION: Hamish Riach is only telling half the story about the Crusaders' disappointing Super Rugby semifinal crowd. The Crusaders CEO – who has been ...and more »

South Africa's Jaco Peyper to referee Lions-Crusaders Super Rugby final in Jo'burg - Stuff.co.nz

Despite widespread calls for a neutral official, Sanzaar has appointed South Africa's Jaco Peyper to referee the Super Rugby final between the Lions and Crusaders in Johannesburg early Sunday (NZT). Peyper, who refereed the semifinal between the Lions ...and more »

Rugby: Sanzaar drop another clanger in referee appointment for final - New Zealand Herald

The men running Super Rugby seem determined to metaphorically throw the competition in the microwave, set the thing on high and watch it explode in a hopeless, devastated mess. Sanzaar really had just the one job to take care of ahead of the Super ...and more »

The Rugby Debate: Why the Super Rugby final must have a neutral referee - Telegraph.co.uk

Super Rugby's reputation has gradually sunk over the last few years but there has been nothing like 2017, even with the swift decision to cut three teams back in April in a bid to return what was once fondly regarded as rugby's most entertaining ...and more »

Lions-Crusaders thriller is 'bigger than an All Blacks' Test, Rudolf Straeuli says - Business Day

"It's bigger than an All Blacks game‚" said Lions CEO Rudolf Straeuli, about Saturday's Super Rugby final between the Lions and the Crusaders at Ellis Park. Straeuli confirmed that the sold-out crowd of 61,500 was a Super Rugby record for the ground, ...and more »