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Hoppy Easter Everybody

  The Blues will face one of New Zealand's favourite rugby foes France's Les Bleus at North Harbour Stadium on Tuesday 11 June.

The mid-week match will be played after the All Blacks' opening Steinlager Series Test match against France in Auckland. The Blues, who have been out connecting with kids in the community this week, are the first Super Rugby team to take on a touring international side.

Sir JK said of his young team: "They've had a baptism by fire of what Super Rugby is all about and now they get the chance to take on the French .... what a fantastic experience for all of us, including our fans."

Important Stuff

Points Tables

Points Tables

Check out the Conference and overall points tables.

Results

Round 7 Results

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

Points Scorers

Top Points Scorers

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

Referee Appointments

Referees

Referees for Rounds 5-8.

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Look who's back at the back - Jamie Joseph has called in nine-Test former All Blacks loose forward Mose Tuiali'i to help pack down at the back of the Highlanders scrum after a foot injury meant the hard-running Nasi Manu will miss most of the 2013 season.  With contract details all but locked and loaded, Tuiali'i is seen as bringing some much needed experience to help out Southland's Elliot Dixon.

Mose  Tuiali'i is back

Crusaders second five-eighth  Ryan Crotty recently notched up an impressive 50 matches for the red and blacks.  Crotty has taken time to reflect on the milestone, and to answer some personal, and not-so-personal questions about life as a Crusader.  Click here to hear Crotty talk about his lucky undies.

Ryan Crotty earns 50

Lucky 7:  That's the lucky number for young Hurricanes fans wanting to get along to this weekend's match against the Waratahs. After a solid 15,000 turnout (heaps of them being kids), the 'Canes are offering a $7 ticket deal for kids.  Click here for details.

Get to the game

Daylight Savings comes to an end this weekend meaning an extra hour off for the Chiefs who are on a bye week. Other news as we head into Round 8, the Highlanders will be in green against the Blues, another Savea (Ardie) looks set to debut for the Hurricanes,  22-year-old Crusader Codie Taylor has gone to South Africa as hooker cover for an injured Corey Flynn, and 64-cap Blues lock Anthony Boric is heading to Japan at the end of the 2013 season.

Daylight Savings ends this weekend

Coming up this weekend

Blues v Highlanders: 7.35pm, Friday 5 April, Eden Park, Auckland

Teams Head to Head

There have been 20 contests between these two teams since 1996 and it's fair to say that the Blues have dominated: 13 wins to the Highlanders' seven and 546 points to the southern men's 399 (that's a gap of more than seven points per game).

Last year, the Highlanders won both contests: 30-27 in Dunedin and 27-20 in Auckland, which was just the Blues' second loss to the Highlanders at Eden Park, from nine matches there.

Compare the two teams  
The Sharks v Crusaders: 4.10am, Saturday 6 April (NZT), Mr Price Kings Park, Durban
Teams Head to Head

They didn't meet in 2012 but have been some classic matches in this rivalry's 18-match history. However, the numbers favour the red and blacks: 14 wins to The Sharks' three wins, with one draw. The Crusaders also have a healthy lead on points, scoring an average 32 per match (that's 576 all up) while The Sharks manage an average of 24.3 per game (437 in total) - the highest average points against the Crusaders for any South African team.

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Hurricanes v Waratahs: 7.35pm, Saturday 6 April, Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Teams Head to Head

The 'Tahs and the 'Canes share the honours from their 17 matches: the Hurricanes have won more matches (nine to eight) while the Waratahs have earned a smudge more points - 409 (24.1 per game) to 393 (23.1).

Last year the Hurricanes were triumphant in Sydney, chalking up a 33-12 win but the last time the two met in Wellington - in 2009 - the Waratahs took the honours, starting their season with a 26-22 win.

Compare the two teams  
Bye: Chiefs

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