July 22 - Christchurch has long been a graveyard for South Africa's Super Rugby teams, but after winning their first match in the city earlier this season, the Sharks are hopeful of repeat success at the usually impenetrable fortress of New Zealand rugby.
MELBOURNE, July 22 - Michael Cheika overcame a deflating rookie campaign before guiding Leinster to Heineken Cup glory and believes the experience has him in good stead to prepare the New South Wales Waratahs for a tilt at a maiden Super Rugby title.
SYDNEY, July 22 - Jacques Potgieter will start at lock for the New South Wales Waratahs in this weekend's Super Rugby semi-final against the ACT Brumbies but coach Michael Cheika thinks Will Skelton could be a matchwinner from the bench.
WELLINGTON, July 22 - Cold southwesterly winds are bringing snow to Christchurch but stalwarts Richie McCaw and Dan Carter are gambolling around like spring lambs as the Canterbury Crusaders prepare for their Super Rugby semi-final against a ravenous Sharks side.
SYDNEY, July 22 - South African lock Jacques Potgieter will start for the New South Wales Waratahs in their Super Rugby semi-final against the ACT Brumbies this weekend, coach Michael Cheika said on Tuesday.
SYDNEY, July 21 - Australia coach Ewen McKenzie is confident Kurtley Beale will resist the lure of a lucrative switch to a European club or rugby league when his contract is up at the end of the year.
July 20 - Three French internationals who play for Clermont Auvergne have been injured in a machete attack by a gang in southern France, police said on Sunday.
SYDNEY, July 20 - Having ended the Waikato Chiefs' two-year reign as Super Rugby champions, the ACT Brumbies will head up to Sydney next week determined to knock the New South Wales Waratahs off their perch in the semi-finals.
In Christchurch (0735 GMT kick off): Canterbury Crusaders (New Zealand) v Sharks (South Africa)
DURBAN, South Africa, July 19 - Two late penalties from flyhalf Frans Steyn allowed South Africa's Sharks to come from behind to edge the Otago Highlanders 31-27 and advance to Super Rugby's last four at King's Park on Saturday.
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