The First Division, South Africa's second tier domestic provincial competition, is a two horse race at the moment, with the EP Kings and Boland Cavaliers leading the pack at the halfway stage.
Discarded utility back Matt Giteau has been named in a powerful Australian Barbarians combination, boasting a combined 407 Test caps, for their encounter with the World Cup-bound Canadian side at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast on Friday.
The outstanding efforts of Queensland Reds scrumhalf Will Genia during the 2011 Super Rugby season has resulted in the Wallaby playmaker winning his second consecutive Pilecki Medal at the Reds Gala.
The Lions' gameplan had been good but their execution not good enough and in the end Western Province had deserved to win the match.
The young Western Province team had had their backs to the wall after two defeats and had shown character to secure their narrow win over the Lions at Newlands on Friday.
The advice of the television match official at the Tri-Nations match between South Africa and New Zealand on Saturday has evoked some questioning.
Ontario Blues recovered from the blow of conceding an early try to register six of their own and destroy The Rock 41-7.
Christian Wolff returned to the Prairie Wolf Pack side and inspired them to a 35-23 win against British Columbia. The fly-half sat out last week’s defeat against BC in Kelowna and his kicking and directional skills were sorely missed. He scored 15 points with the boot at Calgary Rugby Park and was at the centre of most of the Pack’s best play.
Wales cruised past 2007 World Cup semifinalists Argentina with a 28-13 victory at the Millennium Stadium in their final warm-up test ahead of September's World Cup.
All Blacks coach Graham Henry admitted that the Springboks outplayed his team in Port Elizabeth but said he had no regrets about leaving nine of New Zealand's leading players at home to rest ahead of the World Cup.
Five more current All Blacks have committed to continue playing their rugby in New Zealand after 2011, the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) announced.
Dan Parks staked his claim to win back the Scotland No.10 jersey as they stepped up their World Cup preparations with another solid win, beating Italy 23-12 at Murrayfield on Saturday.
All Blacks coach Graham Henry may leave South Africa with more questions than answers when it comes to the make-up of his World cup squad, as his team failed to deliver.
Ireland's nightmare run-up to the World Cup continued as they slumped to their third consecutive defeat when they were largely outplayed in a 26-22 defeat by France at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.
Ireland are sweating on the fitness of Felix Jones less than 48 hours before they name their World Cup squad.