New Zealand centre Conrad Smith insists Australia will still pose a considerable threat in Saturday's Tri Nations decider in Brisbane.
The Blue Bulls were forced to make a late injury-enforced change to their team for Friday's Currie Cup encounter with the Leopards in Rustenburg.
Australia prop Ben Alexander is expecting "big things" from newly-appointed captain James Horwill.
Ben Alexander says World Cup spots will be up for grabs when Australia face New Zealand in the Tri-Nations this weekend.
It may not come as a major surprise, but World Cup-winning former England coach Clive Woodward is happy to wager a few of his hard-earned pounds on his compatriots claiming a second World Cup crown.
Australia head into Saturday's Tri-Nations decider bidding to end a 10-year title drought in the tournament, while opponents New Zealand are looking to return to winning ways ahead of next month's World Cup.
Sonny Bill Williams is up against the world's best No.12 Ma'a Nonu and is not guaranteed a run-on spot in the All Blacks' team for next month's World Cup, coach Graham Henry said on Thursday.
Martin Johnson is set to name Manu Tuilagi alongside Mike Tindall in the England centres to play Ireland.
rugby365.com columnist Grant Ball says Francois Louw's selection for the Springbok squad is the correct one, but only highlights the lack of planning from management.
Richard Wigglesworth has achieved one goal in getting picked in England's World Cup squad - now he wants to fulfil another by playing.
In an unprecedented achievement, eight former Golden Bears have been selected - seven as players and one as an assistant coach - to the U.S. National Team for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, commencing for the USA on September 11 against Ireland, a match to be broadcast by tape delay at 10 a.m. PT on NBC.
Samoa, who could just be, as they were in 1991 and 1999, a source of shock at the 2011 World Cup, have announced their squad of 30. Seilala Mapusua will captain the side.
Out-of-favour French international centre Mathieu Bastareaud says he wants to reignite his France career as he prepares to kick-off the Top 14 campaign with new club Toulon this weekend.
While he selected only two more players of colour in his World Cup squad than his predecessor, Springbok coach Peter de Villiers insisted that transformation within the game has taken place.