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With the dust having settled on Round One of Super Rugby, we have gone through the action to pick out the best players from the weekend.
The Crusaders started the defence of their Super Rugby title with a hard-fought but exciting 24-22 victory over the Blues at Eden Park.
New Blues coach Leon MacDonald is relishing the prospect of taking on his former club, the Crusaders, in their derby at Eden Park on Saturday.
Check out the team line-ups ahead of Round One of Super Rugby.
Number eight Akira Ioane will celebrate his 50th game for the Blues in Saturday’s Super Rugby opener against the Crusaders at Eden Park.
Ex-All Black Ma’a Nonu has unfinished Super Rugby business with the Blues and wants to finish the 2019 campaign with a winner’s medal.
Ahead of the Super Rugby season, we run you through the ins and outs in terms of player movement, including Ma’a Nonu’s return to the Blues.