Harlequins sign Samoa hooker on short-term deal

The 20-year-old hooker, who has won three caps, has previously spent time in the development squad of Super Rugby side Crusaders.

"We have one or two injuries in the hooker position," Quins director of rugby John Kingston said.

"He came on to our radar when we trained with Samoa recently. I'm sure he will make a valuable impact."

Elia featured as a replacement in Samoa's matches against France and Georgia in November, and made his first start against Canada on last Saturday.

Crusaders confirm Tamanivalu signing

The 24-year-old, who made his international debut this year in the three-match Test series with Wales, is part of the All Blacks squad for Sunday's Rugby Championship match against Argentina.

Tamanivalu is now looking ahead to a new challenge after two years with Chiefs.

Crusaders sign former Wallabies winger

RNZ reports the New Zealand-born, Australian-raised winger already has played 86 Super rugby matches, mostly for the Queensland Reds between 2008-2013.

Ioane, who's played 35 tests, has since played for the Stade Francais in France and is about to return to his second season with the Honda Heat in Japan.

"I have had a great time playing in France and Japan, but the opportunity to be part of a New Zealand Super Rugby team is too good to pass up," said Ioane.

The recently appointed Crusaders Coach Scott Robertson said Ioane was a key signing for the team.

Crusaders well beaten by Lions

The win ensures a first ever Super Rugby semifinal for the Johannesburg-based side, who finished top of the South Africa Conference at the end of the regular season.

The Lions scored further tries through powerful hooker Malcolm Marx, wing Ruan Combrinck and replacement scrumhalf Ross Cronje as they amassed their highest ever points tally against the New Zealanders.

Crusaders lose Nadolo for quarter-final

RNZI reports Nadolo, who is leaving the Crusaders for Montpellier at the end of the season, was not included in Todd Blackadder's squad for the trip to South Africa.

Nadolo suffered the injury in the Crusaders' 35-15 loss to the Hurricanes on Saturday.

Chiefs beat Crusaders in historic Super Rugby clash in Fiji

Fiji born and All Blacks center Setareki Tamanivalu set up the first try for winger James Lowe after putting a kick behind fullback Israel Dagg.

Fijivillage reports the Chiefs continued the high tempo game and scored their second try which started from a fake kick from fullback Damian McKenzie.

The home side never disappointed their fans in their historic clash in Suva as they lit up the sell-out crowd despite the rain.

The Chiefs now go to the top of the New Zealand Conference with 46 points while the Crusaders have 45.

Teams named for clash between Crusaders and Chiefs

Coaches Dave Rennie (Chiefs) and Todd Blackadder (Crusaders) have listed the Fijian stars to play for their home crowd in Super Rugby's round 15 opener.

The top of the table clash could determine who hosts the semi-final in the New Zealand Conference. Nadolo and Macilai pair as wingers while Tamanivalu will feature at outside centre.                               

Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has named a near full strength side with seven returning All Blacks in his 23-member touring party. The only omissions are Ryan Crotty and Luke Romano, who are injured.

Highlanders have reason to celebrate

That generosity, however, will be limited to their being happy to give away possession via a barrage of high kicks to the visiting outside backs Johnny McNichol, Israel Dagg and Jone Macilai.

Former Waratahs prop Alaalatoa re-signs with Crusaders

Alaalatoa joined the Crusaders this season after attracting the attention of the team's coaches while playing for Manawatu in the national provincial championship last year.

Rugby is in Alaalatoa's blood, with his father having represented Samoa in the 1991 Rugby World Cup as a tighthead prop, and his younger brother Allan, also a prop, representing the Brumbies.

Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo cops four-week ban for lifting tackle

The giant Fijian was cited for his tackle on Brumbies scrum-half Tomas Cubelli in the Crusaders 40-14 win in Canberra on Sunday.

Competition judicial officer Chris Morris initially gave Nadolo a two-week suspension but said he also needed to take into account World Rugby's push to eliminate such dangerous tackles from the game.

“As such, I found it necessary to add two additional weeks to the recommended sanction,” he said in a statement.

Nadolo will miss Super Rugby matches against the Queensland Reds, Otago Highlanders and NSW Waratahs, as well as a club game