All Blacks coach Graham Henry has named Piri Weepu as his back-up flyhalf for the Tri-Nations Test against South Africa at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, in Port Elizabeth, on Saturday.
A major All Blacks sponsor on Thursday cancelled a campaign urging New Zealand sports fans give up sex to support their team during the World Cup, after a public backlash.
Springbok coach Peter de Villiers would have given veteran loose forward Juan Smith more time to recover, if he wanted it.
Rocky Elsom insists he harbours no bitterness towards Australia coach Robbie Deans despite being axed as captain shortly before the World Cup.
Rocky Elsom has been sensationally dumped as Australia skipper for the World Cup campaign.
Declan Kidney is satisfied Ireland's preparations for the World Cup are on track.
In the most significant announcement for the future of rugby in this country, Rugby Canada and the City of Langford revealed today the details of a 10-year partnership in a multi-million dollar rugby complex that will see Langford, a Vancouver Island suburb of Victoria, play home to the Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence.
Flank Jacques Burger, from English Premiership club Saracens, will captain rank outsiders Namibia at the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand next month.
In East London on Saturday there is an FNB Classic Clash between Hudson Park and Cambridge, and it is certain to be keenly contested.
Fiji have changed their captain for the second match with Tonga in the two-Test Punjas Series after winning the first one 27-12 Last Saturday at the same venue, Churchill Park.
The Men's Collegiate All-American Sevens team will assemble this Saturday August 20 to train in advance of the Emirates Airlines USA Rugby Men's All-Star Sevens Championship which begins on Friday August 26 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
Veteran loose forward Juan Smith has suffered a setback that has placed new doubt over his World Cup prospects, after he failed a fitness test on Wednesday.
Brian O'Driscoll is determined to keep results in perspective as Ireland's preparations for the World Cup enter a key phase.
Danny Care is "absolutely devastated" after being ruled out of the World Cup just five days before England boss Martin Johnson names his squad.
The Cheetahs have recalled Sevens Springbok Johannes Prinsloo for their Currie Cup showdown with the Pumas in Bloemfontein on Saturday.