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NSW captain Michael Hooper and his Crusaders counterpart Kieran Read. (Getty)
Crusaders captain Kieran Read has walked out on a photo shoot with NSW counterpart Michael Hooper on the eve of the Super Rugby final.

Israel Folau (right). (Getty)
Waratahs captain Dave Dennis has revealed how Michael Cheika's audacious recruitment of Israel Folau has awoken Super Rugby's sleeping giants.

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