Injuries to key players forced the Blue Bulls to give some of their future stars a place in the starting line-up for Friday's Currie Cup match against Griquas in Pretoria.
France coach Marc Lievremont has made 13 changes for Les Bleus' second World Cup warm-up match against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.
Craig Joubert replaces Jonathan Kaplan in Dublin though the news is good that Kaplan's rehab if good enough to have him running again and in a positive frame of mind. In all four of the World Cup referees are in action this weekend - Joubert, George Clancy, Dave Pearson and Romain Poite.
The Springboks on Tuesday made five changes to the starting line-up for Saturday's Tri-Nations Test against New Zealand in Port Elizabeth.
Scotland have made 14 changes for Saturday's final World Cup warm-up match against Italy - with Graeme Morrison the only man to keep his place.
Test greats Michael Lynagh and Will Greenwood believe England coach Martin Johnson must reshuffle his midfield if his team are to mount a successful World Cup campaign.
For the first time South Africa a played what could be considered as its A team for three-quarters of the match at least but ended with a full complement of bench players to lose yet again. The ststa tell us that the South Africans had the better opportunities for getting primary possession - penalties, line-outs and scrums - 38-21.
Springboks coach Peter de Villiers took a swipe at the media over what he felt was 'double standards', after the All Blacks were allowed to slip into South Africa with a 'B' team and no fuss has been made about it.
South Africa may be on a three-match losing streak, and facing their first-ever Tri-Nations whitewash, but coach Peter de Villiers is still not putting victory at a premium.
Adverse weather and airport closures has forced the postponement of the Round 10 NPC match between Otago and Manawatu, which was scheduled to be played at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium on Wednesday.
Australia prop Benn Robinson has conceded defeat in his bid to play in the World Cup and will instead undergo surgery on a knee injury.
Australia coach Robbie Deans has signed a new contract until the end of 2013, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) announced on Tuesday.
Cheetahs loose forward Ashley Johnson has been added to the Springbok squad as cover for the back row positions - ahead of the Tri-Nations Test against the All Blacks in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
The Australian Rugby Union announced on Tuesday that Robbie Deans' contract as Wallaby coach has been extended for a further two years.
The Western Force has snared another NRL rising star with the signature of North Queensland Cowboys youngster Will Tupou for the next two seasons.