The Crusaders put in a strong second half performance to beat the Blues in their Super Rugby clash in Auckland.
Nemani Nadolo's decision to steer clear of the Fijian Test team should add some ammunition to the Crusaders' joy box.
Flank Jordan Taufua has re-signed with the Crusaders until the end of 2018.
The Crusaders have returned to winning ways with a comprehensive victory over the Waratahs in their Super Rugby clash in Christchurch.
Super Rugby leaders Crusaders are raring to give retiring Andy Ellis a "memorable night" when the popular scrumhalf makes his 150th appearance.
Crusaders lock Scott Barrett has re-signed with the Christchurch outfit team for another two years, following an impressive season so far.
Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has made two changes to his starting line-up for the clash with the Waratahs in Christchurch.
Former All Blacks scrumhalf Andy Ellis will end his 10-year Super Rugby career with the Crusaders at the end of the season.
The Highlanders kept their hopes of defending their Vodacom Super Rugby title alive with a bonus-point victory over the Crusaders in Dunedin.
Crusaders boss Todd Blackadder has made three changes to his starting line-up for Friday's derby with the Highlanders in Dunedin.
The Crusaders have won their eighth consecutive Super Rugby match when they beat the Reds in Christchurch.
Crusaders wing Nemani Nadolo has been banned for four weeks after pleading guilty to a lifting tackle in a Super Rugby match over the weekend.
Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo has been cited for foul play during a Super Rugby match against the Brumbies.
The Crusaders picked up their seventh win from eight games this year as they outclassed the Brumbies in Canberra.
Brumbies flyhalf Christian Lealiifano hopes to get one back over the Crusaders after ending up on the losing side many times in his career.