TJ Perenara will play his first game since breaking his ankle in June last year when the Hurricanes take on the Crusaders in a pre-season fixture in Timaru on Saturday.
Melbourne Rebels fullback Jason Woodward faces six weeks on the sideline after injuring his finger at training.
Former All Blacks pivot Carlos Spencer has been assisting the Sharks as they prepare for Super Rugby.
Wing Zac Guildford’s rugby future is in doubt after he voluntarily stood himself down from the Crusaders following a late-night incident at a residential home in Christchurch earlier this month.
Highlanders midfielder Tamati Ellison will miss most of the Super Rugby campaign as he recovers from off-season shoulder surgery.
Waikato first five Sam Christie could turn out for the Western Force in Super Rugby this season.
Dan Carter has turned to social media to find someone to assist him with his pre-season training.
Israel Folau will take up his second sporting code in three years after confirming he will play for the Waratahs in Super Rugby.
The Crusaders have appointed Tabai Matson and Aaron Mauger as assistant coaches for the 2013 Super Rugby season.
A new era in the management of New Zealand’s Super Rugby teams was launched today with the announcement of a new partnership to take over the licence for the Hurricanes franchise.
The Western Force have taken another step towards completing its new-look backline by signing former Hurricanes inside back Jayden Hayward for two years.
The Highlanders squad has a number of new faces and this will make for a very exciting season in 2013.
Eight new Hurricanes have today been announced in the squad including two players that will make the step up from the 2012 wider training group.
Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his squad to contest the 2013 Investec Super Rugby competition. It includes nine new faces and 23 players returning from the 2012 Crusaders squad.
New Blues coach Sir John Kirwan has named a host of new players in his 2013 Super Rugby squad.
Veteran lock Jason Eaton, halfback Chris Smylie and first five/fullback James Marshall have all inked deals with the Hurricanes for next season.
Promising Wellington loose forward Ardie Savea will play for the Hurricanes after signing a two-year deal with the franchise.
New Chiefs signing Gareth Anscombe is looking forward to being coached by some of the “best coaches in the world” when he links up with the Super Rugby champions next season.
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