Griquas have named a 24-man squad, while they wait on the fitness of two key players, for their Currie Cup game against Western Province in Kimberley on Saturday.
Saracens captain Steve Borthwick has agreed a new contract with the Premiership champions.
More than any of the 600 players at the World Cup, Daniel Carter may hold the tournament's outcome in his hands ... and feet.
Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar took no time to recall fit again Springbok loose forward Dewald Potgieter to his side to take on the Sharks in an Currie Cup clash at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
If there's one thing Will Genia has already proven this season it's that he's not a George Gregan clone. The Wallabies scrumhalf has been making his own mark on the game.
John Smit and Victor Matfield have done more than play together on the international stage. They've grown up together.
When you consider that not that many people in rugby circles actually know where Porterville is, the local chamber of commerce must be immensely grateful to the schools 1st XV, the Bulls, in general and SA Schools rugby cap Andrew Beerwinkel in particular for helping to put this beautiful little town on the South African rugby map.
Scotland wing Max Evans plans to create havoc in the forthcoming World Cup by making it difficult for defences to pick him up.
Australian Rugby Union chief John O'Neill claims World Cup hosts New Zealand remain favourites - but insists the Wallabies have a "real shout".
Scotland lock Jim Hamilton has signed a two-year contract extension to remain with Gloucester until the summer of 2014.
As the England squad flew to New Zealand for the World Cup, the row they left behind raged on as the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said accusations against it of "gross mismanagement" made by former Chief Executive Francis Baron were "totally unfounded".
Toulouse have responded to a spate of front row absences by signing former Argentina international Eusebio Guinazo as a medical joker, the French champions announced on their website.
Newport Gwent Dragons and Wales lock Luke Charteris will lead the men of Gwent as regional captain.
Delon Armitage is more thankful than most of the members of England's World Cup squad after fearing he'd "messed up" his Test career having twice been banned this year.
If the All Blacks choke again at the World Cup, there is one team above all others that New Zealanders do not want rubbing their noses in it by lifting the trophy in their backyard - Australia.