Ross Rennie has been named in Scotland's starting XV to face Ireland at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Australian flyhalf Quade Cooper has vowed to continue his attacking brand of rugby on Saturday in his first test on New Zealand soil, despite the expectation of some extra attention from All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.
Columnist Grant Ball believes that Springbok coach Peter de Villiers blew a chance to foster some belief in his coaching ability on his team's disappointing Tri-Nations away leg.
In their FNB Classic Clash in Cradock on Saturday afternoon Oakdale of Riversdale beat their hosts Marlow 14-12 in an excellent match on a perfect day for rugby.
Explosive wing Hosea Gear looks set to get his opportunity to impress the All Black selectors this weekend after watching Sitiveni Sivivatu and Zac Guildford turn in impressive performances in the last two weeks.
All Blacks hooker and former Hurricanes skipper Andrew Hore has signed a one-year deal to play for the Highlanders in next year's Super Rugby competition.
Barely one third of New Zealanders are enthusiastic about the World Cup, a mere five weeks out from the sport's global showpiece, according to a survey released on Tuesday.
Leeds forward Ali Lauitiiti is contemplating a switch of codes as he prepares to make an assault on an elusive Wembley appearance.
Nathan Sharpe's World Cup dream is in jeopardy after he was left out of the 24-man squad for Saturday's Bledisoe Cup clash with New Zealand.
Ben Foden feels his position as England full-back for the World Cup is under threat from Delon Armitage - and he is relishing the challenge.
Gavin Henson could have an unexpected rival for a place in Wales' World Cup squad - unheralded Scarlets prospect Scott Williams.
Scotland lock Alastair Kellock is not dwelling on his absence from the 2007 World Cup as he bids to cement his place in this year's tournament.
Ireland may be willing to take Gordon D'Arcy and Stephen Ferris to the World Cup even if they fail to play in this month's warm-up games.
Veteran lock Nathan Sharpe was axed on Tuesday from the Wallabies squad for Saturday's clash with the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland, throwing his World Cup dreams into disarray.
The 2011 Women’s Collegiate All-American Touring Side faced the CIS All-Canada team on Sunday in the Can-Am Tournament and narrowly escaped with a 23-21 victory that went down to the final minutes.