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Crusaders unchanged for Super final

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) The seven-time champion Crusaders have matched the New South Wales Waratahs by naming an unchanged lineup for Saturday's Super Rugby final in Sydney.

All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter will again play at inside center, ceding the No. 10 jersey to Colin Slade as the Crusaders retain the combination that beat the Sharks 38-6 in last weekend's semifinals.

Kieran Read will captain the Crusaders from No. 8, while All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will start at blindside flanker, allowing Matt Todd to continue on the openside. Only two members of the starting lineup - wingers Kieron Fonotia and Fiji international Nemani Nadolo - have not played for the All Blacks.


England's Spencer to manage 2017 Lions

LONDON (AP) Former England captain John Spencer will manage the British and Irish Lions on their 2017 rugby tour of New Zealand.

The Lions announced the move on Wednesday, along with former Ireland captain Tom Grace as chairman of the board, replacing Gerald Davies. (MORE)

Waratahs name unchanged team for final

SYDNEY (AP) The New South Wales Waratahs are injury-free and have named an unchanged lineup for Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Crusaders.

Head coach Michael Cheika has named the lineup which beat the ACT Brumbies 26-8 last weekend to give the Waratahs their first-ever home final. Winger Peter Betham is on an extended, nine-man bench which will be trimmed to eight players by kickoff. (MORE)

Carter recalled to All Blacks squad

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Star flyhalf Dan Carter has been returned to the All Blacks squad for this season's Rugby Championships against Australia, South Africa and Argentina at the expense of his Crusaders' teammate Colin Slade.

Carter, the world's leading points-scorer in tests with 1,440, missed New Zealand's June test matches against England while on a seven-months "sabbatical" from rugby during which he toured the world, attending events such as this year's Academy Awards ceremony. (MORE)

Waratahs, Crusaders set up Super final

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) An air of unfinished business hangs over next weekend's Super Rugby final between the New South Wales Waratahs and Crusaders after both negotiated potentially difficult semifinals on Saturday.

The Waratahs beat bitter inter-state rivals the ACT Brumbies 26-8 to earn the right to host the final as they bid for their first Super Rugby title while the Crusaders outclassed South Africa's Sharks 38-6 to move within a match of their eighth championship. (MORE)

Crusaders top Sharks 38-6 to reach final

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) The Crusaders scored four unanswered tries in the second half to outclass South Africa's Sharks 38-6 on Saturday and book their place in the Super Rugby final, moving within one win of an eighth title.

Captain Kieran Read scored the only try of the first half and Nemani Nadolo, Willi Heinz, Jimmy McNicholl and Matt Todd touched down in the second. (MORE)

Waratahs beat Brumbies 26-8 in semi

SYDNEY (AP) The New South Wales Waratahs will host the Crusaders in the Super Rugby final after beating the ACT Brumbies 26-8 in a tense all-Australian semifinal on Saturday.

Flyhalf Bernard Foley scored a spectacular late try among a personal tally of 16 points as the Waratahs reached the final for the third time and won the right to host the championship decider for the first time. (MORE)

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