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Pocock injury raises concussion specter in Super Rugby

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) The danger of concussions and rugby's often muddled efforts to counter their threats were evident in the first round of the Super Rugby season and at the start of a World Cup year. (MORE)

France coach Brunel picks new halves pair for Scotland game

PARIS (AP) France coach Jacques Brunel selected a new halves pairing of scrumhalf Antoine Dupont and flyhalf Romain Ntamack on Tuesday for the Six Nations match against Scotland on Saturday. (MORE)

Nonu's Super Rugby return may herald new era

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Over the years New Zealand rugby has become accustomed to saying "goodbye" to top players. But "welcome back?" Not so much. (MORE)

Super Rugby: Crusaders start search for 3 in a row with win

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) Chasing three titles in a row, the Crusaders benefited from a pair of penalty tries and survived a strong second-half challenge from the Blues to open their Super Rugby season with a 24-22 away win on Saturday. (MORE)

Highlanders beat Chiefs 30-27 in Super Rugby opener

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) All Blacks scrumhalf Aaron Smith came off the bench to score a try with four minutes remaining as the 14-man Highlanders rallied to beat the Chiefs 30-27 Friday in the opening match of the Super Rugby season. (MORE)

All Blacks prop Owen Franks to play in England after WCup

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Veteran All Blacks prop Owen Franks will quit New Zealand rugby after this year's World Cup to join England club Northampton. (MORE)

World Cup to cast big shadow over Super Rugby season

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) The southern hemisphere's Super Rugby season begins Friday under the shadow of the impending World Cup. (MORE)