Benchmark facts for the World Cup hosted by New Zealand from September 9 to October 23:
This Saturday represents the end of the season for most schools teams in the three Western Cape provinces, with only some ten matches scheduled for 27 August.
A glance at the teams competing in the 2011 World Cup which runs from September 9 to October 23 with Pool C.
In the curtainraiser to South Africa vs New Zealand at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, South African Schools play France Under-19.
A glance at the teams competing in the 2011 World Cup which runs from September 9 to October 23 with Pool B.
Wales have adopted a safety-first approach with their former captain Ryan Jones in an attempt to avoid another World Cup injury calamity.
A glance at the teams competing in the 2011 World Cup which runs from September 9 to October 23, beginning with Pool A.
Edinburgh centre Nick De Luca hopes to show his class in Scotland's EMC Test against Italy to earn his place in the Rugby World Cup squad.
The All Blacks may have received a rousing welcome upon arrival in Port Elizabeth, but the locals are also warming to the Springboks in the lead-up to Saturday's sell-out Tri-Nations Test at the Nelson Mandela Stadium.
Ryan Jones has been ruled out of Wales' World Cup warm-up game against Argentina on Saturday.
Effective with the opening of the 2011-2012 Membership Season, the USA Rugby Board of Directors named four Geographical Unions (GUs) as part of a pilot program to review a new streamlined union structure. GUs are designed to support anticipated growth in the game and to provide increased member services at the local level.
Wales have lost a second captain in a week, with No.8 Ryan Jones ruled out of Saturday's World Cup warm-up against Argentina - after failing to recover from a calf problem.
While local schools rugby followers have to wait till Saturday to see who represents the Western Province/Boland area against Oakdale in the large school section of the Burger competition, the local small and medium school finalists were decided at the Malmesbury Rugby Club grounds on Wednesday.
South African customs authorities on Thursday confiscated unofficial rugby jerseys worth ZAR43 million (US million, 4 million) ahead of the 2011 World Cup which starts next month, an official said.
Most would consider the thought of derailing the juggernaut that is Grey College a tall order. For Paul Roos captain, Andreas Dercksen, it's a chance to end his season on high when the two rugby powerhouses meet in their FNB Classic Clash this Saturday.