Heinrich Brussow says the standard of rugby has improved markedly in Japan since he joined the NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes in 2013.
Former Sharks coach John Plumtree will be assistant coach of the Hurricanes during next year's Super Rugby competition.
Centre Ma'a Nonu is heading "home" to the Hurricanes next season, in his fourth change of Super Rugby clubs in as many years.
All Blacks fly-half Beauden Barrett will stay with the Hurricanes after rejecting offers to lure him away from the NZ capital.
The Chiefs have dealt a serious blow to the Hurricanes' Vodacom Super Rugby playoff hopes with victory in Hamilton.
The Hurricanes have beaten the Crusaders in their Super Rugby clash thanks to two tries from Blade Thomson.
Dan Carter an Kieran Read have been included on the Crusaders bench ahead of their Suepr Rugby clash against the Hurricanes.
Former Sharks coach John Plumtree is to quit his job as forwards coach of Ireland and join Super Rugby outfit, the Hurricanes.
The Blues have made the most of their good fortune to comfortably beat the Hurricanes in their Super Rugby clash in Auckland.
Ihaia West will make his first Vodacom Super Rugby start when the Blues take on the Hurricanes at Eden Park.
The Hurricanes, who are Super Rugby's best attacking team this year, could be a dark horse for the title in 2014.
The Chiefs' two-year reign as Super Rugby champions is under threat after their loss to the Hurricanes in their derby in Wellington.
The Hurricanes have obliterated defending Super Rugby champions the Chiefs in their encounter in Wellington.
The jerseys of the five New Zealand teams have been customised for this weekend's Round 15 of Super Rugby.
The Highlanders have defeated the Hurricanes in their Super Rugby derby played at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.