Piri Weepu will play first five when the Blues take on the Hurricanes in Auckland on Friday night.
Blues flanker Luke Braid has been suspended for three weeks for striking.
Melbourne Rebels first five Danny Cipriani will join Sale at the end of Super Rugby.
Things have gotten a whole lot worse for the Reds after wing Digby Ioane was handed a five-week ban for a dangerous tackle.
All Blacks pivot Dan Carter is likely to make his Super Rugby return via the bench when the Crusaders take on the Cheetahs at Christchurch Stadium on Saturday night.
Poor form, a growing injury list and another player facing suspension.
Hurricanes flanker Karl Lowe will make his return from a knee injury when he plays for the franchise’s development team against Samoa A in Porirua tonight.
The Reds have a major crisis at first five ahead of their clash with the Bulls, with Mike Harris and Ben Lucas being forced to return home from South Africa after sustaining hamstring injuries during the side’s loss to the Sharks yesterday.
Rugby News looks back on some of the stories which made headlines during the week that was March 12-18.
Jimmy Cowan has been handed a golden opportunity to showcase his stuff when the Highlanders take on the Hurricanes in Wellington tomorrow night.
David Raikuna is the latest Blues player to join the casualty ward.
All Blacks wing Cory Jane has re-signed with the New Zealand Rugby Union and the Hurricanes for a further two seasons.
All Blacks lock Anthony Boric has been ruled out of the Blues’ match with the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday morning (NZT) due to a neck injury.
Former Taranaki and Bay of Plenty lock Leon Power will start for the Brumbies when they take on the Chiefs in Tauranga on Friday night.
Injuries have forced Australian Sevens coach Michael O’Connor to make changes to his squad for the Hong Kong leg of the IRB Sevens World Series circuit.
Springbok Peter Grant will start at first five when the Stormers take on the Blues in Cape Town on Saturday morning (NZT).
The Bulls fan who allegedly hit Keven Mealamu on the head with a bottle maintains he did not do so on purpose, but has nonetheless apologised for his actions.
Injured All Blacks loose forward Jerome Kaino is hoping to return to action during the ITM Cup.
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Pressure is on Benji, but shouldn't we remember SBW went to France (Toulon) for 2 years to learn the game.
With all of the news around concussion do you think there should be safety measures in place for players to ensure they don't play on after a head know? How and who should police that?
With the start of club rugby upon us, how can we maintain the value of the clubs in player pathways and community spirit.