The Wellington Hurricanes and Otago Highlanders have become the ugly duckling stories of New Zealand rugby after defying their critics to reach the Super 15 final.
Australia's ACT Brumbies will face runaway league leaders Wellington Hurricanes while defending champions NSW Waratahs have home advantage over the Otago Highlanders in next weekend's Super Rugby semifinals.
South African rugby hard man Bismarck du Plessis cried Saturday after his final Super Rugby appearance for the Coastal Sharks ended in a 34-12 home victory over Western Stormers.
A live Australian television charity arm wrestling competition went horribly wrong when a former rugby league player screamed in agony after having his arm broken.
The New South Wales Waratahs edged ahead of South Africa's Western Stormers in the quest to host a home Super Rugby semifinal with a nine-try spectacular this weekend.
Former New Zealand rugby international Jerry Collins was killed Friday along with his wife when a bus crashed into their car in southern France, local officials said, as ex-teammates expressed shock.
Seven-time champions the Crusaders beat the Hurricanes 35-18 in Super Rugby on Friday, keeping their slim playoffs hope alive and forcing the top-ranked Hurricanes to sweat for another week over the prospect of a home playoff in New Zealand.
The defending champion New South Wales Waratahs ended the Hurricanes' unbeaten start to the season at seven matches Saturday, winning 29-24 in a thrilling match in which both teams scored four tries.
South African teams rejoiced this weekend with three wins over Australian opposition as New Zealand's Wellington Hurricanes preserved a six-point lead at the top of Super Rugby.
England beat world series leader South Africa 21-14 in the Tokyo Sevens final on Sunday for its first tournament victory in more than two years.