The Rugby World Cup 2011 referees have arrived in New Zealand and will be in peak physical condition for the World Cup, thanks to an innovative physical monitoring and conditioning programme.
World Cup All Black Cory Jane has explained why he decided to buck the trend and remain in Wellington - playing or the Hurricanes (Super Rugby) and Lions (NPC) next year.
Dartmouth Rugby has officially announced its schedule for the 2011-12 academic year. Tradition holds, as the Big Green look forward to competing in the 54th year of the Ivy Rugby Cup, vying to win its 12th Ivy championship in 15 years.
A Saturday of surprises set Round 2 of the Top 14 going. From the low-scoring, tryless draw in Biarritz to the lavish match in Colombes, the shock result in Montpellier, the whitewash in Toulon, the floundering of the Parisians down Toulouse way and a first victory for the newly promoted in Bordeaux.
Champions Munster got their Pro12 title defence off to a winning start keeping the Newport Gwent Dragons tryless in their 20-12 victory at Musgrave Park on Saturday.
Munster began their title defence with a 20-12 victory over the Dragons in the RaboDirect PRO12 at Musgrave Park on Saturday.
Leicester Tigers flyhalf George Ford missed two drop goals as the Exeter Chiefs secured a shock 30-28 win at Welford Road on the opening day of the new Premiership season on Saturday.
After his side's 39-27 victory over the Blue Bulls in Pretoria Sharks coach John Plumtree admitted that there was room for improvement on both attack and defence.
Harlequins, Exeter, Worcester, Wasps and Bath all secured wins in Saturday's Aviva Premiership action, with the Chiefs beating Leicester.
Bath fly-half Sam Vesty scored 17 points as the visitors claimed a comfortable 22-9 Aviva Premiership victory at Newcastle on Saturday.
Saracens' return to Twickenham ended on a sour note as they were dealt an Aviva Premiership opening-day 20-15 defeat by Wasps.
World Cup debutant Juan de Jongh was overwhelmed by the Springbok team's farewell and the reception they received from hundreds of supporters when they arrived in Wellington, New Zealand, late on Friday.
Rodney Ah You scored the game's only try as Connacht defeated Treviso 11-9 in their opening match of the new RaboDirect PRO12 League campaign.
The Free State Cheetahs thrashed the Leopards, outscoring the home side by nine tries to two in Potchefstroom to register a dominant 64-17 victory in their Currie Cup match on Saturday.
Worcester resumed life in the top flight with a hard earned 17-12 win over a spirited Sale side at Sixways.