Next year’s Super Rugby will kick off with an all-South African round.
Young Argentine prop Matías Diaz will play for the Highlanders in Super Rugby next year.
Japanese international halfback Fumiaki Tanaka has extended his deal with the Highlanders, while Otago forwards Gareth Evans and Tom Franklin have signed with the Dunedin-based franchise.
The Crusaders have confirmed reports they have signed Hurricanes and Counties Manukau midfielder Rey Lee-Lo.
The dates and kickoff times for the ITM Cup Premiership and Championship semifinals have been confirmed.
Counties Manukau coach Tana Umaga has named a full-strength side for the Ranfurly Shield defence against Southland in Pukekohe tomorrow night.
Cory Jane will start at fullback when a full-strength Wellington takes on Hawke’s Bay in Napier tomorrow evening.
Waikato has opted to rest several front-line players when it takes on Tasman in Nelson tomorrow night.
A potential crowd of 90,256 will be able to view the All Blacks’ first match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup against Argentina on September 20, after Wembley Stadium was confirmed as the venue for the opening fixture by RWC officials in London last night.
The All Blacks have avoided the pool of death after the groups for the 2015 Rugby World Cup were announced in London earlier this morning.
The International Rugby Board has agreed to hand out a bigger slice of the Rugby World Cup revenue pie in what is being hailed as a major boon for the SANZAR nations and Argentina.
Teams with the tallest backs and the heaviest and most experienced forwards tend to win the Rugby World Cup, according to a French study.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has hinted Cory Jane could start the dead-rubber Bledisloe Cup test against the Wallabies in Dunedin this Saturday, despite his limited game time.
All Blacks No 8 Kieran Read and lock Sam Whitelock have re-signed with New Zealand Rugby and the Crusaders for four more years.
The return of Cory Jane is the major talking point after All Blacks coach Steve Hansen announced his squad to prepare for next Saturday’s dead-rubber Bledisloe Cup test against the Wallabies in Dunedin.
All Blacks first five Dan Carter could make his return from injury against Japan next month.
The New Zealand Sevens team has made the ideal start to the defence of its world series title, winning the Gold Coast tournament for the first time late last night.
In this week’s edition, we preview the ITM Cup and Heartland finals matches and give you our thoughts on the All Blacks v Australia final Bledisloe Cup Test in Dunedin.
New Zealand referees Chris Pollock, Glen Jackson and Mike Fraser will each control two tests during next month’s international window.
In this week's edition, we preview the big Rugby Championship-deciding test between the Springboks and All Blacks at Ellis Park.
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.