DAVE CAMPBELL takes a look at some of the significant action on the Super Rugby transfer market.
Former Australian rugby league international Matty Johns reckons Sonny Bill Williams will be playing at the Sydney Roosters next season.
Rebels players Danny Cipriani and Kurtley Beale and injured Reds pivot Quade Cooper are believed to be the high-profile rugby players who were involved in a car accident last Friday in Melbourne.
Skipper Stirling Mortlock will miss the Rebels’ season-opener against the Waratahs with a calf injury.
Close scorelines weren’t the only talking point of the opening round of Super Rugby.
Crusaders wing Zac Guildford might not be rushed back into the side after serving his suspension.
Four players are among the walking wounded for the Chiefs following last night’s upset loss to the Highlanders, with All Blacks Brendon Leonard and Lelia Masaga the biggest casualties.
The Hurricanes were stubborn, but their scrum and discipline were poor as they crashed to a 39-26 loss to the Stormers in Cape Town this morning.
A last-gasp try by wing Dom Shipperley has allowed the Reds to squeak home 25-21 over the Waratahs in Sydney tonight.
The Highlanders have shown great grit and determination to record a come-from-behind 23-19 victory over the Chiefs in Hamilton tonight.
The new-look Brumbies have kicked off the Jake White coaching era with a hard-fought 19-17 victory over the Force in Canberra tonight.
The Crusaders have edged the Blues 19-18 in the opening Super Rugby game, with the match at Eden Park tonight coming down to the wire.
There is no rest for the wicked, as Tamati Ellison can attest to.
Representatives from South Africa’s Super Rugby franchises will accompany delegates from the national union to present their competition expansion case to their SANZAR partners next month.
The Hurricanes have opted for maximum experience for their opening Super Rugby match against the Stormers in Cape Town on Sunday morning (NZT), but it’s a side which will fill fans with little confidence.
Wallabies No 8 Radike Samo has been relegated to the bench for the Reds’ opening Super Rugby match against the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday night.
Berrick Barnes has been ruled out of the Waratahs’ opening Super Rugby match against the Reds in Sydney on Saturday night, with Daniel Halangahu set to captain the side from first five.
Liam Messam has overcome a calf muscle strain and will captain the Chiefs when they open their Super Rugby campaign against the Highlanders in Hamilton on Saturday night.
There are plenty of mouth-watering clashes on offer this weekend.
Which player was unlucky to miss out on the All Blacks’ wider training squad?
Gordon Tietjens’ success in sevens is unrivalled and should place him in the same coaching league as Sir Alex Ferguson.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen named a 38-man training squad and there are a couple of oversights worth highlighting