All Blacks v Les Bleus Rugby Head to Head
So buoyed by their homecoming and with added squad depth, Spurs will sit comfortably in the Champions League positions once again. United and Jose Mourinho have enough quality to see off most opponents, but any progress they made in his first two seasons risks grinding to a halt now. While their rivals play fresh, exciting football, the positive feeling around United's approach is minimal. This will see them slide two places, perhaps paving the way for a change in the dugout next summer.
It will be a transitional season for Arsenal under Unai Emery and one of slight improvement, although they will miss out on the Champions League places again. Emery will instill an organisation and diligence that the Gunners had been missing, and he will hope fans and the board hold their nerve. Though a return to Europe's top table is not on the cards just yet. It feels like a crossroads for Chelsea, whose method of hiring and firing every couple of years will surely stop bearing fruit one day.
Assuming Antonio Conte departs, there will be a huge task for his successor to reshape the squad, and not much time. The Stamford Bridge club could receive a huge reality check. If Rafa Benitez remains in charge at St James's Park next season, presumably he will have been promised the kind of resources he requires to push Newcastle up a level.
Given two or three quality signings, there is no reason why, in a league that lacks an obvious challenger to the established order, he cannot nestle them in beneath the leading pack. As Benitez showed last season with a middling squad, there are few better managers around.
Palace's turnaround under Roy Hodgson in was stunning, and in a Premier League that lacks the kind of calm, considered heads the veteran manager brings, they are a good bet to thrive next time around.
That might change if Wilfried Zaha leaves the club where he is so clearly at home, and there is always the riddle of Christian Benteke's toils up front to solve, but Palace look set to be just fine. Sean Dyche looks back on his time in charge of Burnley, and reveals how he expects the club to continue moving forward.
Fulham play the kind of football most Premier League clubs beyond the top six have given up trying. They will take anyone on, and that approach will pay dividends with a top-half finish and plenty of acclaim for Slavisa Jokanovic's free-flowing side. Keeping Aleksandar Mitrovic, seemingly unwanted at Newcastle and prolific at Craven Cottage, could be the key. As with so many of their peers, this feels like a year of change and adaptation for Everton. If Marco Silva is confirmed as their new manager, there will be cause for optimism, although nobody has yet seen him work in the top flight over a full season.
New signings are needed, and Ademola Lookman should be integrated quickly after his superb loan spell at RB Leipzig, but most around the club would be happy just to see a better brand of football than under Sam Allardyce for now. The New Zealand conference leaders face a tricky assignment against a Reds team looking to play late season spoilers in Brisbane.
Although the much improved Blues cannot make the play-offs, they can play spoilers for the Brumbies who are looking for a victory in Auckland to stay on top of the Australian conference. Another classic Investec Super Rugby rivalry ignites when the Hurricanes and Blues collide in a crucial capital clash. Despite sitting at the bottom of the New Zealand conference, the Blues will still pose plenty of problems for the high-flying Crusaders at Eden Park.
The Blues have a chance to end their three-match road-trip in winning fashion when they take on the struggling Force in Perth. After relinquishing their spot at the top of the Investec Super Rugby ladder, the high-flying Chiefs face a potential banana skin in the form of the Melbourne Rebels.
The Blues faint playoff hopes will be on the line when they clash with a Lions side hurting from a big loss to the Hurricanes in Johannesburg. The resolve of the Hurricanes will be tested as they face the Reds at home minus five suspended players following a protocol breach.
The Investec Super Rugby leaders square off with the defending champs when the Chiefs and Highlanders collide in Hamilton. Fresh from the bye, the high flying Crusaders will look to resume where they left off when they take on the Reds in Christchurch.
After suffering consecutive one-point losses, the Highlanders will look to bounce back in Invercargill when they take on the challenging Brumbies. The Chiefs juggernaut moves onto New Plymouth for the first time in to face an intriguing challenge from the stubborn Sharks.
The Crusaders are on their longest winning streak since but face their biggest test of the season against the Australian conference leaders in Canberra. After slipping to fourth place in the tightly contested New Zealand conference, the Highlanders will be eager to dispatch the Sharks for their sixth win of the season and move back up the ladder. Having played more of the New Zealand Conference sides than anyone else to date this season, the Blues are looking to a run of five games against overseas teams, starting with the Sharks in Auckland on Saturday, to get their campaign back on track Read more.
The inform Hurricanes face the surprise joint Australian Conference leaders the Rebels in an intriguing match-up in Melbourne Read more. After losses to the Blues and Hurricanes, the Jaguares have boosted their line-up for the final match of their inaugural New Zealand tour against the Crusaders. Winning in Australia has become vital for New Zealand sides if they are to keep in touch in their own conference and the Highlanders can't afford to slip up in Brisbane on Saturday.
Following two wins in South Africa, the Crusaders will be desperate to cap off a flawless road trip with victory over in Perth. Coming off the bye the Hurricanes face a tricky opponent in the Jaguares who are desperately in need of a win if they are to challenge for a play-offs place.
Blues v Jaguares, Saturday April 3, 7. Brumbies v Chiefs, Saturday April 2, 9. Highlanders v Force, Friday April 2, 7. Sharks v Crusaders, Sunday March 27, 4. Rebels v Highlanders, Saturday March 26, 9. After a successful road trip to South Africa and Argentina, the Chiefs will be anxious to not let their guard down against the Force in Hamilton.
The Chiefs will be looking to spoil the Jaguares party in the first Super Rugby game to be played in Argentina. The Blues will be looking to get their season back on track against the winless Reds in Brisbane. Coming off the bye, the Crusaders will be looking for a big win over the Kings in Christchurch to vault up the New Zealand conference.
Despite losing soundly in round one, the Kings are boosted by a number of returning players and are expected to test the Chiefs in a tricky Port Elizabeth encounter. On the back of victories in Tokyo and Hamilton, The Lions will be looking to complete a rare unbeaten overseas tour with a win in Dunedin. The winless Hurricanes will be desperate to snap their Investec Super Rugby losing streak against a fast-improving Blues side at Eden Park. After taking down the Crusaders, the Chiefs face a Lions side that has won their last three matches away from home — the most in Lions history.
A blockbuster clash is in store for two teams desperate to flex their Super Rugby muscle after mixed campaigns in A bold new era begins for the Hurricanes against a Brumbies side they edged in the Investec Super Rugby finals series. A stunning pre-season campaign has given the Blues hope of starting the Investec Super Rugby season with a bang over defending champions the Highlanders at Eden Park.
The second fixture of the Investec Super Rugby Qualifiers takes place in Cape Town, as the Stormers host the Brumbies in a high stakes clash, the outcome of this one will determine who the Hurricanes face next weekend. The opening match of the Investec Super Rugby Finals Series kicks off at Forsyth Barr Stadium, as the Highlanders host the Chiefs in the first qualifying final BTW, if you like stats, check out our fancy new feature thanks to Opta Sports at the bottom of the page.
The final regular season trans-Tasman clash of Investec Super Rugby will be in Canberra, as the Brumbies look to secure a home qualifier while the Crusaders will want to finish their season on a high note.
The opening match of the final round of the Investec Super Rugby regular season will see the Blues sign off their year while the visiting Highlanders will look to continue to build momentum and lock in a home qualifier. Type your search below. Crusaders v Hurricanes Semifinal Fractions in execution could make all the difference in Saturday's New Zealand Investec Super Rugby semifinal in Christchurch between the defending champions the Crusaders and the champions the Hurricanes.
Crusaders v Sharks Knowing the Sharks will throw everything at them in a bid to unsettle their forward game, the Crusaders should be well prepared at home in their Investec Super Rugby quarterfinal in Christchurch on Saturday. Waratahs v Highlanders The Highlanders have the chance to dash the hopes of the only Australian side left standing and book their first semifinal appearance since when they take on the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday night.
Hurricanes v Chiefs Knowing the Chiefs are coming home with a wet sail should have the warning signs out for the Hurricanes when hosting their Investec Super Rugby quarterfinal in Wellington on Friday.
Crusaders v Blues It's been a season to forget for the Blues but they have the chance to bow out for with a building block Investec Super Rugby performance for next year against the Crusaders in Christchurch.
Highlanders v Rebels Finishing the Investec Super Rugby season with a rousing performance at home will be the goal for the Highlanders when hosting the Rebels on Saturday. Chiefs v Hurricanes Although these two teams are destined to meet in the playoffs next weekend, there is still plenty to play for with home ground advantage still up for grabs.
Chiefs v Brumbies Whether the Chiefs have hit a rich vein of form just before the Investec Super Rugby playoffs should be revealed in their performance against the Brumbies in Hamilton on Saturday. Hurricanes v Blues The Hurricanes home playoff hopes are on the line against a Blues side desperate for a strong finish to their season when they clash at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night. Crusaders v Highlanders It may be the penultimate round of Investec Super Rugby but there is still plenty to play for when the Crusaders host the Highlanders in Christchurch on Friday.
Highlanders v Chiefs Wins count for everything at this stage of the Investec Super Rugby season and both the Highlanders and Chiefs will be well aware of that in their game in Suva on Saturday. Brumbies v Hurricanes An injury-hit Hurricanes side will be desperate to snap a two-match Investec Super Rugby losing streak when they square off with an improving Brumbies outfit in Canberra on Saturday night.
Chiefs v Crusaders The Chiefs are on an game winning streak at FMG Stadium Waikato but face the biggest test of the season against the reigning champion Crusaders who are on a nine-match winning streak of their own.
Highlanders v Hurricanes The Hurricanes will be out to avoid back-to-back losses and keep their hopes of a top finish in the NZ Conference alive when they take on the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday night.
Blues v Rebels Knowing the Rebels will be looking for four, and possibly five, key Investec Super Rugby competition points from them, the Blues are prepared for a tough contest as they seek their first home win of the season on Saturday.
Reds v Highlanders Down on experience, the Highlanders face a tough task in overcoming a Reds side who pushed the Hurricanes all the way when they meet in their Investec Super Rugby game in Brisbane on Saturday.
Chiefs v Waratahs Getting back into the winner's circle will be the priority for the Chiefs when taking on the Waratahs in their Investec Super Rugby game in Hamilton on Saturday.
Crusaders v Hurricanes The stage is set for the clash of the year when the Crusaders and Hurricanes square off for the top spot in the New Zealand Conference in Christchurch on Friday night. Sharks v Chiefs After producing a herculean defensive effort to overcome the Stormers last week, the Chiefs will need more of the same as they head to Durban to face the Sharks without a number of their All Blacks stars. Hurricanes v Reds Making up ground after the magnitude of their loss to the Sunwolves will apply plenty of pressure on the Reds when meeting the Hurricanes in Wellington on Friday.
Stormers v Chiefs After a shock loss to the Jaguares at home last week, the Chiefs need to bounce back with a strong performance against the Stormers in Cape Town if they are to keep pace with the leading teams in the New Zealand conference.
Waratahs v Blues Second last-placed Investec Super Rugby team the Blues face a battle if they are to get up and knock over a Waratahs side which is looking to establish a position of dominance in the Australian Conference on Saturday. Chiefs v Jaguares The Jaguares are chasing a club record of four straight wins when they face the Chiefs at Rotorua International Stadium on Friday night.
Rebels v Crusaders Playoff hopes are ebbing away from the Rebels after their promising start to the Investec Super Rugby season and attempting to halt the Crusaders' momentum will be a struggle in Melbourne on Friday. Bulls v Highlanders Plenty is riding on the Bulls Investec Super Rugby game with the Highlanders as home coach John Mitchell seeks an assessment of how his side is doing in their changed style of game. Blues v Jaguares Desperation, even under their dire injury circumstances, applies to the Blues when hosting a confident Jaguares side in their Investec Super Rugby game at Eden Park on Saturday.
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