Worcester head coach Richard Hill has agreed a two-year contract extension with the Aviva Premiership club.
John Smit has spent much of this week attempting to instil some confidence in South Africa as they prepare to tackle New Zealand on Saturday.
Wales coach Warren Gatland has named a 39-man squad to prepare for next week's opening World Cup warm-up game against England at Twickenham.
Representatives of Border Rugby Union, Eastern Province Rugby and the South Western Districts Rugby Union have formally concluded and signed a co-operation agreement to form a Super Rugby team.
Japan coach John Kirwan says Asia is emerging as a major force in the world, helped by the staging of the 2011 and 2019 World Cups in its own backyard and the sport's return to the Olympics.
Southland were pushed hard in the second half, but thank to the steady boot of flyhalf James Wilson they were able to retain the Ranfurly Shield by beating Counties-Manukau 22-14 in Invercargill on Friday.
Four players returned to the Wales set-up, when coach Warren Gatland named the 39-man squad which will meet at the WRU National Centre of Excellence on Monday.
England Lock Courtney Lawes and wing David Strettle were both carried off the pitch at a private inter-squad trial match at Twickenham Stoop ahead of the match against Wales next weekend.
Young Patrick Lambie will make his first start for the Springboks, when they play the All Blacks on Saturday, but captain John Smit regards the 20-year-old as the future of the game.
Dai Young, the new Director of rugby at English Premiership side Wasps, has been impressed with the attitude of the players at his disposal and is predicting great things for the upcoming season.
Wallaby prop Benn Robinson has made his first tentative running steps in his bold bid to make a miracle comeback for the World Cup.
Dale, who are celebrating their 150th birthday, head across from King William's Town to play St Andrew's on Saturday. Dale first made a similar journey in 1927.
Lawrence Dallaglio has warned the Rugby Football Union to get their house in order or risk the future success of the England team.
Springboks coach Peter de Villiers won a seal of approval from his captain John Smit ahead of Saturday's Tri-Nations Test against New Zealand.
Springbok coach Peter de Villiers looks set to pull a sneaky move on the All Blacks ahead of Saturday's Tri-Nations Test.