The Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa champion Crusaders picked up where they left off last season, beating a brave Highlanders side 26-13 in Dunedin tonight. All Blacks Codie Taylor and Sevu Reece led the charge for the visitors, each with strong performances that yielded them a try each.
The selection of former All Black Julian Savea in the 11 jersey is one of the features of the Hurricanes team to take on the Blues in their opening Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa game in Wellington on Saturday.
The Black Ferns road to the World Cup is well and truly underway, with two camps already completed so far this year. Allblacks.com caught up with coach Glenn Moore and returning flanker Les Elder about how the squad is building towards the pinnacle event in September.
Strength in their front five has been the growth area for the Blues during coach Leon MacDonald's two seasons with the side and one of the biggest packs they have fielded will play the Hurricanes in their Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa opener in Wellington on Saturday.