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Zac Guildford has today been cleared to return to the Crusaders following a misconduct hearing this week.  Guildford, who withdrew from the team in January, has been away working on personal issues that have threatened his rugby career.  After a lengthy hearing, and consideration of professional advice, the 10-Test All Black now has the opportunity to prove he still has something to give the game.  The conditions of his return are confidential, but New Zealand Rugby General Manager Professional Rugby Neil Sorensen believes Guildford has more to contribute to New Zealand, Crusaders and Hawke's Bay rugby.  The Crusaders will sit down with Zac to work out his re-integration into the team's environment.  The 24-year-old fronted up to media today and admitted he is an alcoholic.  Now staring down his demons, he is excited about the future.  Good luck to him - we're looking forward to seeing him back on the field.

Important Stuff

Points Tables

Points Tables

Check out the Conference and overall points tables.

Results

Round Four Results

See the Official Results from Round Four, including overall points scorers

Points Scorers

Top Points Scorers

Track the Top New Zealand points and try scorers from Round Four.

Referee Appointments

Referees

Referees for Rounds 5-8, including Argentinean whistler Francisco Pastrana making his debut.

Check this out!

If you haven't spotted them already, our very awesome stats-geek friends at Opta Sports, have been producing outstanding head-to-head stats to help preview the next round.  For the truly rugby mad, we recommend these - just click on the compare notes under Coming Up This weekend. Meanwhile, if you haven't visited our Superrugy.co.nz FaceBook page, check out our photo album. Be sure to drop your favourite Investec Super Rugby fan pics in here.

Super Rugby Fans on Facebook

Die-hard deep pocketed Chiefs fans have the chance to show their support in a novel way. All you have to do is get your hands on a one-off limited edition Chiefs double cab Amorak made by Ebbett Volkswagen Hamilton.  There are only 15 of these vehicles, each one showing off the  Chiefs branding - yours for a tidy $55k.

Chiefs Wheels

What arrives at a Highlanders game in multiple colours and leaves in one?  We're not sure either, but that's the challenge that's been thrown at Zoo fans for this weekend's clash against the Hurricanes.  This week's Zoo theme is RUBIX CUBE.  While you're here, check out the hottest thing in Dunedin at the mo' - Japanese import Fumiaki Tanaka whose celebrity status is growing in Japan.  Even his name is fun to say.  Go on - try it.

Fumiaki Tanaka 2013

FOMO-free zone for Blues fans While the Blues are on a bye this week, their fan ambassador TheBluesDude has been catching up with other TrueBlue fans. It's enough to make JK proud. Stay tuned til the end to find out who likes his ears being tickled and who likes snapping teammates while they're asleep.

True Blues

Coming up this weekend

Highlanders v Hurricanes: Friday 15 March, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

Teams Head to Head

These two teams have played each other 19 times so far (and never in a playoff match). The Hurricanes have their nose in front, with 11 wins to eight. However, the Highlanders have won three out of the last five encounters and it was one-all last year: the Highlanders won the first 19-17 and the 'Canes took the second 26-20. It's also very close on points, with the Hurricanes a smudge in front with 438 to the southern men's 405. Of the nine matches played in Dunedin, the home side has won four.

Compare the two teams  
Kings v Chiefs: Saturday 16 March (NZT), Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Teams Head to Head

The Kings are the new kids on the Super Rugby block, so we can't review how these two have gone head-to-head. So we thought we'd take a look at Chiefs v South African teams overall.

The Chiefs have played South African sides 77 times since 1996. Natal was their first opponent, while they earned their first win over Western Province. They've won 42 matches and drawn three and have scored an average of 28.8 points per game, while conceding 26.5 (2219 points to 2040 in total).

Compare the two teams  
Crusaders v Bulls: Saturday 16 March, AMI Stadium (Addington), Christchurch
Teams Head to Head

This has been one of the big rivalries of the last decade of Super Rugby, with five playoff matches since 2006 to add to their regular season encounters. The Crusaders have a 13 wins to seven advantage, thanks in large part to a five-match winning streak in their first five encounters. The Crusaders also have a healthy lead on points, with 673 (that's 33.65 per match) to 468 (23.4). In 2012, the Crusaders were the victors, 28-13 at Loftus Versfeld.

Compare the two teams  
Bye: Blues

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THE CHIEFS
chiefs.co.nz
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THE CRUSADERS:
crusaders.co.nz

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THE BLUES

theblues.co.nz facebook.com/theblues twitter.com/BluesRugbyTeam

THE HURRICANES
hurricanes.co.nz
facebook.com/hurricanesrugby
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THE HIGHLANDERS
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facebook.com/HighlandersFB

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