The South African revolution sweeping Montpellier continues with news that experienced Springbok No 8 Pierre Spies will join the Top 14 club in February.
The Wallabies will face England in a three-Test series in Australia in June next year, the Australian Rugby Union said on Friday.
Springboks back-row forward Duane Vermeulen joined the South African contingent at European champions Toulon on Thursday and immediately shrugged off fears over his World Cup fitness.
Utility back Matt Toomua has passed late fitness tests and will start at inside centre for his the ACT Brumbies in their Super Rugby playoff against the Stormers later on Saturday.
The explosive attack of the Otago Highlanders will be at full strength for Saturday’s Super Rugby wildcard playoff against Waikato Chiefs after powerful All Blacks centre Malakai Fekitoa was passed fit to play.
All Blacks past and present joined school children and members of the wider Wellington community at the funeral service of former captain Jerry Collins on Wednesday.
Sam Cane, the heir apparent to Richie McCaw as All Blacks openside flanker, has signed a new contract to remain in New Zealand until the end of the 2017 season.
Italy’s Rugby World Cup preparations got off on the wrong foot on Monday after a row broke out between players and the federation (FIR) after its president allegedly refused to meet players and cancelled a scheduled training camp.
The Waikato Chiefs have suffered a major blow as they prepare for next weekend’s Super Rugby playoff at the Otago Highlanders with the news that scrumhalf Augustine Pulu has been sidelined for up to 10 weeks by a fractured forearm.
The United States booked their spots in both the men’s and women’s rugby sevens at the Rio Olympic Games with dominant wins in regional qualifying on Sunday.
Central Cheetahs won a Super Rugby match in Pretoria for the first time with a six-try 42-29 triumph Saturday over a Northern Bulls side suffering their fifth consecutive loss.
All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams has avoided a ban for an illegal tackle and will be available to play for the Waikato Chiefs in their Super Rugby playoff at the Otago Highlanders next weekend.
South African rugby hard man Bismarck du Plessis cried Saturday after his final Super Rugby appearance for the Coastal Sharks ended in a 34-12 home victory over Western Stormers.
Defending Singer League Under 20 champions Isipathana College continued their unbeaten run in the school Division 1A league tournament when they beat a determined Trinity College outfit 37 points (2 goals, 4 tries, 1 penalty) to 22 (2 goals, 1 try, 1 penalty) in their key school encounter which was played at the Trinity College Rugby Stadium at Pallekelle yesterday.
European champions Toulon have signed Australian international prop Salesi Ma’afu from Northampton on a two-year deal, the club confirmed on Friday.
Nemani Nadolo scored two tries as the Canterbury Crusaders ended an era with a 37-24 victory over the ACT Brumbies that ensured the Canberra-based side will need to go on the road throughout the playoffs if they are to win their third title.
Bottom of the table Western Force finished their Super Rugby season with a dour 13-11 win over the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday.
All Blacks stalwarts Keven Mealamu and Tony Woodcock brought the curtain down on their Super Rugby careers on Friday, with both now widely expected to hang up their boots after this year’s rugby World Cup in England.
Veteran South Africa lock Victor Matfield will retire as a player for the second time after this year’s World Cup, his Super Rugby team the Bulls said on Friday.
The USA’s reputation as the most successfulrugby nation in Olympic history will be on the line this weekend as the emerging force of the seven-a-side code attempt to book their tickets to Rio de Janeiro.