Feb 23, 2007: Not many animals can match a cheetah for sustained pace but the Crusaders clearly plan to go toe-to-toe with South Africa's rugby version in Bloemfontein.
Feb 22, 2007: The Crusaders will be without the pace of Rico Gear for Sunday morning's Super 14 rugby match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein after the All Blacks winger was ruled out with injury.
Feb 22, 2007: The Crusaders visit the scene of one of their predecessors' ground breaking victories, aware defeat in Bloemfontein on Sunday (NZT) could force them to emulate another history-making squad to defend rugby's Super 14 title.
Feb 20, 2007: Crusaders coach Robbie Deans is expressing wariness of the Cheetahs whom they play in a Super 14 rugby fourth round match on Sunday morning (NZtime).
Feb 18, 2007: The absence of the 22 All Blacks on a conditioning programme has started to bite the New Zealand Super 14 franchises going by the latest results.
Feb 17, 2007: A superb defensive performance fomr the Lions laid the foundation for a memorable 9-3 victory over the Crusaders at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Feb 15, 2007: Teams for the third round of Super 14 rugby matches this weekend (all kickoffs NZ time):-
Feb 15, 2007: All Blacks being rested from the early round of the Super 14 to prepare for the World Cup say they hope they will get similar breaks in the future.
Feb 15, 2007: Anyone who maintains that Super 14 rugby is akin to glorified basketball can mount a strong case if they present the history of Crusaders versus Lions franchise clashes.
Feb 15, 2007: South Africa is the backdrop as three New Zealand teams face important early junctures in their Super 14 rugby campaigns this weekend.
Feb 14, 2007: Halfback Andy Ellis is the only face in the Crusaders starting lineup to face the Lions in their Super 14 rugby match at Johannesburg on Sunday morning (NZ time).
Feb 12, 2007: Western Force player Scott Fava has breached a team protocol and accordingly will not be selected in the 22 to play against the Bulls in Pretoria on Friday.
Feb 10, 2007: Defending champions Crusaders put their Super 14 rugby season back on track with a deserved 33-22 win over the Queensland Reds at Jade Stadium tonight.
Feb 8, 2007: All Black and Crusaders winger Rico Gear is hungry as ever to score tries after opening his Super 14 rugby account in the 25-34 defeat by the Blues last weekend.
Feb 8, 2007: Teams for the second round of Super 14 rugby matches this weekend (all NZ time).
Feb 5, 2007: Sluggish ticket sales for the defending Super 14 rugby champions' first home game against Queensland has prompted Crusaders and Canterbury legend Todd Blackadder to ponder whether red and black fans are the new Aucklanders.
Feb 5, 2007: The Crusaders can expect to be bashing the stuffing out of their tackle bags this week.
Feb 4, 2007: New Zealand sides endured a mixed start to the latest edition of the Super 14 rugby series this weekend.
Feb 2, 2007: The Blues endured a nervous last 10 minutes with their captain Troy Flavell in the sinbin for stomping before beating the Crusaders 34-25 in the first game of the Super 14 rugby season tonight.
Feb 1, 2007: Sandwiched between a summer which only seriously got going a couple of weeks ago (the kids haven't even gone back to school after their long vacation!) and the World Cup which looms in September, the start of this year's Super 14 has attracted even