The Reds have suspended winger Digby Ioane for one week following an off-field incident last Saturday in Melbourne.
Round four of Super Rugby threw up more than its fair share of surprises over the weekend.
David Pocock has been ruled out of rugby for rest of the Super Rugby season after injuring his knee in the Brumbies’ 36-5 victory over the Waratahs in Canberra on Saturday night.
The Hurricanes have called on former Highlanders rake Jason Rutledge as injury cover for hookers Dane Coles and Motu Matu’u.
Blues coach Sir John Kirwan has rung the changes to his team for Sunday’s clash against the Bulls at Eden Park.
Andrew Hore and Brad Thorn will start their first games of the season for the Highlanders when they take on the Cheetahs in Invercargill tomorrow night.
The Chiefs have named a fast loose forward trio for their match against the Stormers in Cape Town on Sunday morning (NZT).
Waratahs utility Ben Volavola will get his first start for the side at fullback when it takes on the Brumbies in Canberra on tomorrow night.
Veteran flanker George Smith will make his Brumbies comeback from the bench against the Waratahs in Canberra on Saturday night.
Wallabies midfielder Anthony Faingaa will make his return from injury when the Reds take on the Rebels in Melbourne tomorrow night.
Israel Dagg will return to his preferred position of fullback when the Crusaders take on the Hurricanes in Wellington on Friday night.
Victor Vito and Dane Coles will play their 50th matches for the Hurricanes when they run out against the Crusaders in Wellington on Friday night.
James O’Connor’s versatility will be tested this week as he lines up at first five during the Rebels’ clash against the Reds in Melbourne on Friday night.
Rebels first five Kurtley Beale has been ruled out for three to four weeks with a fractured hand.
Morné Steyn has confirmed he has signed a three-year deal with French club Stade Français beginning at the end of the season.
With three rounds of Super Rugby down, we are starting to get a much better idea of the teams to watch, although for sides like the Crusaders and Hurricanes, question marks remain.
Anthony Boric will make his long-awaited return to rugby from the bench when the Blues development side takes on the Crusaders Knights in Pakuranga on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues have named an unchanged line-up for their match against the Crusaders at Eden Park on Friday night.
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.