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Sam Whitelock was the big winner at the New Zealand Rugby Awards as the lock was named the Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Player of the Year.
All Blacks’ captain Kieran Read will miss the start of next year’s Super Rugby season following a back injury sustained in the November series.
All Blacks legend Richie McCaw says Ronan O’Gara will succeed as backline coach at New Zealand powerhouse the Crusaders.
Racing 92 have confirmed that they have granted their assistant coach, Ronan O’Gara, an early release from his contract to join the Crusaders.
Former Crusaders coach Robbie Deans believes Ronan O’Gara would be ideal to replace Leon MacDonald as Scott Robertson’s assistant.
Super Rugby champions the Crusaders are targeting Ronan O’Gara to join them next season as an assistant coach to boss Scott Robertson.
New Zealand’s five Super Rugby franchises, the Crusaders, Hurricanes, Highlanders, Chiefs and Blues, have confirmed their squads for 2018.
Tasman number eight Jordan Taufua broke his arm in Saturday’s Mitre 10 Cup final but is looking forward to some well-earned rest.
The Crusaders have bolstered their backline stocks with the signing of fly-half Mike Delany and the re-signing of centre Tim Bateman.
Scrum-half Ereatara Enari will miss what would have been his debut season with the Crusaders in Super Rugby 2018 after breaking his leg.