The power struggle at the top of the RFU took another dramatic turn as acting chief executive Martyn Thomas survived a vote of no confidence.
The Lions continued their impressive Currie Cup for with a tough 34-20 victory over a defiant Pumas side in Nelspruit on Friday.
Brian O'Driscoll insists Ireland have landed in New Zealand unaffected by last month's troubled build-up.
The National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) is pleased to announce the details for the 2011 Women's Divisions 3 and 4 Collegiate Playoffs. 59 teams will compete in D3 and 22 in D4 aiming for the National title.
The City of Glendale, Colorado and the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached to hold the 2012 and 2013 NSCRO Men's Collegiate Division 3 National Rugby Championship at Infinity Park. The 2012 event will be held on April 28 and 29.
Adrian Jarvis is handed the fly-half reins by London Irish coach Toby Booth as the Exiles tackle Harlequins at Twickenham (kick-off 2pm).
Saracens begin the defence of their Aviva Premiership title on Saturday when they face Wasps at Twickenham as part of the London Double Header.
Leicester hand debuts to summer signings Mathew Tait, Julien Salvi and Kieran Brookes against Exeter on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
Scotland head coach Andy Robinson was pleased with the joint training session his team held with Canada as the days count down to their World Cup opener against Romania next Saturday.
New Zealand, desperate to end a 24-year World Cup drought, will have no hesitation in adapting their tactics if it means they can get hold of the Webb Ellis Cup.
Saracens have three new signings among their replacements for the Aviva Premiership opener against Wasps on Saturday (kick-off 4.30pm).
Fiji, Tonga and Samoa have overcome obstacles simply to compete at the World Cup but now that they are there they will relish exhibiting their considerable skills while enjoying some good support.
Worcester coach Richard Hill will blood a number of summer recruits when they face Sale on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
After securing third place at the last World Cup Argentina have a hard act to follow in New Zealand, and their credentials will be seriously tested in their opening game once more this year.
Fact files on countries competing in the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.