The New Zealand Under 20 side opened its IRB Junior World Championship campaign by thrashing Samoa 63-0 in Stellenbosch this morning (NZT).
Second five Jean de Villiers will captain South Africa during its three-test series against England this month.
A number of high profile players will take no part in the North v South game in Dunedin this Sunday.
Former All Blacks wing John Kirwan has received a knighthood for services to rugby and supporting mental health.
Heinrich Brüssow is the surprise omission from a captain-less Springboks squad which contains nine uncapped players.
Flanker David Pocock will captain a Wallabies side which contains five new caps for the one-off test against Scotland in Newcastle on Tuesday.
In-form Crusaders halfback Andy Ellis has surprisingly missed out on the All Blacks squad, with the selectors maintaining their faith in the struggling Piri Weepu.
The New Zealand Sevens and New Zealand Maori teams will now carry the All Blacks name as the New Zealand Rugby Union looks to increase its offshore revenue stream.
Veteran Ireland lock Paul O’Connell will miss his side’s tour of New Zealand this month.
Digby Ioane is one of the prime attacking threats in Super Rugby and for the Wallabies. He speaks with CAMPBELL BURNES.
Ireland has hit a speed bump ahead of its June tour of New Zealand after losing to the UK Barbarians this morning (Australasian time).
Kurtley Beale has been ruled out of the Wallabies’ tests against Scotland and Wales with a shoulder injury.
Wellington and Hurricanes fans better get used to seeing Motu Matu’u flatten even more of his opponents as the big-hitting hooker has re-signed with their sides for another year.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says youth is the only thing preventing TJ Perenara from making the national team.
Quade Cooper has been included in Wallabies’ training squad due to an injury concern over Kurtley Beale, while David Pocock is shaping as skipper with James Horwill incapacitated.
New Zealand-born five-eighths Mike Harris has been included in the Wallabies’ first training squad, according to a newspaper report in Australia.
Highlanders wing Hosea Gear and Chiefs hooker Hika Elliot have been added to the All Blacks’ wider squad as injury cover for the second training camp in Wellington.
Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer has named a 42-man squad for a training session in Durban ahead of the three-test series against England.
With the series level, expect both teams to put it all on the line as they seek to win the deciding test in Sydney on Saturday night.