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Returning Cubelli set for Brumbies bench

Argentina halfback Tomas Cubelli is set to support incumbent Brumbies No.9 Joe Powell from the bench when he returns to Super Rugby.

Tough for Moore to make World Cup: Ledesma

Wallabies scrum boss Mario Ledesma says Stephen Moore faces a difficult battle in reaching his goal of playing at the 2019 World Cup.

This is it!

Lealiifano chance for Super finals return    

Christian Lealiifano says his focus remains on regaining full health after playing his first rugby match since being diagnosed with leukaemia.

I can be one of world's best No.8s    

Lopeti Timani believes he has only reached 80 per cent of his potential as he prepares for his first Wallabies appearance of the season.

Full Press Conference: Mario Ledesma

Horne making most of shock Test call-up    

Rob Horne says he will make the most of an unexpected Wallabies call-up for Saturday's Test against Italy in Brisbane.

All Blacks expect Lions Farrell-Sexton duo    

All Blacks boss Steve Hansen says Owen Farrell and Johnny Sexton will likely play in tandem at the back end of the first British and Irish Lions Test.

Afternoon Rugby doesn’t get much better

I've taken another step: Lealiifano    

Christian Lealiifano says his focus remains on regaining full health after playing his first rugby match since being diagnosed with leukaemia.

Higginbotham at Test rugby crossroad again

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has dumped Scott Higginbotham for not producing enough impact at No.8.

Italy ready for Wallabies battle

Lealiifano in rugby comeback for Brumbies    

Christian Lealiifano has made a return to rugby less than a year after being diagnosed with cancer.

Cheika wants consistency from the Wallabies

Michael Cheika speaks to his players in a Wallabies’ training session in Brisbane

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is demanding consistency form his players bringing in six changes to the side for Saturday’s Test against Italy and in anticipation of the upcoming tough Rugby Championship match with the kiwis in early August.

Surprise Wallabies selections ready for Italy

Wallabies need to find motivation within    

Stephen Moore says the Wallabies needs to find their motivation from within, and not rely on losses and supporter discontent to drive their intensity.

Cheika wants Wallabies to own their spots    

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has made six changes to his side for Saturday's Test against Italy in Brisbane, headed by the return of captain Stephen Moore.

Lealiifano completes inspirational comeback

10 months since his diagnosis, Christian Lealiiafno has made a triumphant return to the rugby pitch. The Brumbies leader setting up a try with his first touch of the football.

Gatland leaving few clues about tactics

Up the jumper Warrenball or a quicker tempo? British and Lions coach Warren Gatland is giving little away about his methods to topple the All Blacks.

Moore returns as Cheika rings changes    

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has made six changes to his side for Saturday's Test against Italy in Brisbane, headed by the return of captain Stephen Moore.

TAB Head, Heart and Balls 1st Test Preview

TAB Head, Heart and Balls 1st Test Preview

Aussie rugby struggling to adapt: Connolly    

Former Wallabies' coach John Connolly says Australian rugby needs to improve in a number of core areas as it isn't adapting well to the modern game.

Farrell edges Sexton for first Lions Test    

Owen Farrell will start at No.10 for the British and Irish Lions against the All Blacks on Saturday, preferred to the benched Johnny Sexton.

Italy to take game to Australia

Italy coach Conor O'Shea admits it will take a mammoth effort for his side to get over a highly motivated Wallabies outfit. O'Shea wanting his side to take the game to the Australians on Saturday afternoon at Suncorp Stadium.

Inman leaves Rebels for French Top 14 club    

Melbourne Rebels centre Mitch Inman has signed a two-year deal with French Top 14 club Oyonnax.

All Blacks play down Eden Park fear factor

Eden Park is just another rectangle of grass, the All Blacks say, although their long-struggling opponents might beg to differ.

Wallabies final training session

The Wallabies completed their final training session today. Only the Captain's Run is left tomorrow before they shape up to take on Italy in Brisbane.

Walters wants a fair go for Queensland    

Queensland coach Kevin Walters is concerned about a repeat of last year's game-three 12-4 penalty count against the Maroons in Wednesday's Origin II in Sydney.

Benched Moore confident on Test future    

Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore says back-to-back benchings have not swayed his opinion that he can still reach the 2019 World Cup as a 36-year-old.

Cheika makes six changes to face Italy

The Wallabies made six changes to face Italy this week in Brisbane. Stephen Moore returns to the side as captain while Lopeti Timani, Scott Sio and Rory Arnold come into the starting pack. Sefa Naivalu and Rob Horne also return to the backline.

Lions' Nowell hits straps in Chiefs win

British and Irish Lions winger Jack Nowell has hit form at just the right time, scoring two tries against the Chiefs to keep himself in the Test frame.

Chiefs boss tips exciting Lions series

The All Blacks and British and Irish Lions could well play out a rugby classic in their three-Test series, Chiefs boss Dave Rennie believes.

Second-string Lions step up in Chiefs win

Several mid-week British and Irish Lions have impressed in the side's 34-6 win over the Chiefs, giving Warren Gatland plenty of pre-Test food for thought.

O'Connor signs for a stint with Sale Sharks

Former Wallaby James O'Connor seems to have given up his pursuit of the world cup rugby when he signed a three year contract with English club Sale to play in the English Premiership.

Force re-sign giant lock Richard Arnold    

Re-signed Western Force lock Richard Arnold feels something special is building at the Super Rugby club and wants to be part of it.

Scheming Italy aims to 'disrupt' Wallabies    

Italy is cooking up another tactical curve ball to "disrupt" and "confuse" an embattled Wallabies outfit.

O'Connor to play rugby with Sale    

Former Wallaby James O'Connor has signed a three-year deal with Sale Sharks to play in the English Premiership.

Read likely to lead All Blacks in Saturday’s Test

All Blacks captain Kieran Read will have to recover from a strenuous training session to prove his fitness for the game with the British and Irish Lions on Saturday in Auckland.

Wallaby attack can be world's best: Foley    

Wallabies five-eighth Bernard Foley believes Australia's attack has the potential to become the world's best once everyone is "on the same page".

Read close to getting nod for All Blacks    

Kieran Read's fitness to lead the All Blacks against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday will hinge on his recovery from a taxing training session.

Quade takes aim at rugby keyboard warriors

Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper says it's easy for supporters like Jack Quigley to sit back and sledge from behind a keyboard.

Pulver survives; Super Rugby saga goes on

Australian Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver hasn't been challenged at an emergency general meeting at ARU headquarters in Sydney.

Arnold keen to restore Coleman lock combo

Rory Arnold is hopeful he has done enough to earn a Wallabies recall against Italy and join the in-form Adam Coleman in the second row.

Folau back in form at fullback for the Wallabies

Israel Folau has rediscovered his form at full back for the Wallabies and looks to have put an end to the debate of his positioning at the team line up.

Hardwick keen to emulate Force legend    

Flanker Richard Hardwick has signed a new deal with the Western Force as he plans to take over the No.7 role to be vacated by retiring great Matt Hodgson.

Folau ends debate with return to Test form    

Israel Folau believes he has rediscovered his groove at fullback after scoring back-to-back doubles for the Wallabies.

Wallabies' Cheika speaks with viral fan    

Michael Cheika has spoken with the rugby supporter whose Facebook post in which he slammed the Wallabies for their loss to Scotland went viral.

Australia sixth at U-20s rugby World Cup    

Australia's under-20s rugby side have lost their fifth-place play-off match to Scotland at the world championships in Georgia.

ARU boss Pulver unlikely to stand down

Three resolutions about Australian Super Rugby will be heard at an emergency general meeting, but ARU boss Bill Pulver is unlikely to stand down.

Pulver would step down from ARU if asked

Australian Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver says he will step down from his role if he is asked by everyone in Tuesday's emergency general meeting to do so.

Best follows up OBE with Lions captaincy

Rory Best, fresh from receiving an Order of the British Empire, will lead a second-string British and Irish Lions side in Tuesday's clash with the Chiefs.

Test spot still possible for back-up Lions

The chance to play Test rugby still exists for second-string British and Irish Lions players, coach Warren Gatland has suggested.

Wallabies face a week of soul searching

Halfback Will Genia says the Wallabies need to ask themselves some tough questions after failing to front up mentally in Saturday's Test loss to Scotland.

Mid-week Lions team in for Chiefs clash

A second-string British and Irish Lions side has been named to take on the Chiefs in Hamilton on Tuesday.

Get more ball to Folau, says Cheika    

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says the more Israel Folau scores from crossfield bombs, the more his teammates should kick to the soaring fullback.

Lealiifano to make a comeback for the Wallabies    

Brumbies' co-captain Christian Lealiifano is expected to make a comeback to Super Rugby in 2018 after an inspiring battle with leukemia when he was diagnosed last August.

Scotland to leapfrog Wallabies in rankings

Scotland are set to climb to fourth and possibly above Australia in the world rankings for the first time after a shock Test win over the Wallabies in Sydney.

Hooper admits he erred in Wallabies loss

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper admits he probably should have asked Bernard Foley to shoot for more penalty goals in a sobering 24-19 Test loss to Scotland.

Gatland ramps up rugby niggle as Lions win

The Lions have downed the Maori All Blacks 32-10 in Rotorua, with coach Warren Gatland saving a few choice words for the All Blacks after the match.

Gatland ups niggle as Lions win

The Lions have downed the Maori All Blacks 32-10 in Rotorua, with coach Warren Gatland saving a few choice words for the All Blacks after the match.

Scots humble Wallabies in Test shocker

Scotland have avenged two heartbreaking one-point losses to Australia with a thrilling 24-19 victory over the Wallabies in Sydney.

Lions will be a different beast for NZ    

Coach Steve Hansen says the All Blacks' performance against Samoa was good "but it wasn't that good" and improvements will be needed against the Lions.

McLeod is new All Blacks assistant coach

Former All Blacks midfielder Scott McLeod will replace Wayne Smith as All Blacks assistant coach.

Itoje embracing Lions challenge in NZ

British and Irish Lions lock Maro Itoje says he and his Test selection teammates are embracing their New Zealand tour, both on and off the field.

Wallabies call thrills Fijian revelation    

Fiji-born Wallabies winger Eto Nabuli says the opportunity to play Test rugby has changed his life forever.

Lions close ranks around injured Farrell    

The British and Irish Lions are keeping quiet on the extent of Owen Farrell's thigh strain, with his participation in next weekend's first Test in doubt.

Lealiifano inspiring the Wallabies    

Cancer survivor Christian Lealiifano is inspiring the Wallabies as they look to continue their winning start to 2017 with success against Scotland on Saturday.

Force favourite Matt Hodgson retires

Retiring Western Force veteran Matt Hodgson is confident he can recover from a calf injury in time to play a farewell match before the season is out.

O'Mahony brings 'Munster mongrel' to Lions

Irish flanker Peter O'Mahony will captain the British and Irish Lions against the Maori All Blacks, and has been tasked with spurring on the side's physicality.

Larkham tipping nailbiter for Wallabies

Assistant coach Stephen Larkham says the Wallabies and Australian fans need to treat an improved Scotland with respect in Saturday's Test in Sydney.

No extra excitement for bruising Te'o

Dual international Ben Te'o insists turning out for the British and Irish Lions against New Zealand - the nation of his birth - would be just another game.

Maoris unite ahead of Lions clash

Maori All Blacks veteran Liam Messam says the side have wasted no time connecting ahead of their clash with the British and Irish Lions.

All Blacks whitewash Samoa with 12 tries

The All Blacks have scored 12 tries on their way to beating Samoa 78-0 in Auckland ahead of their series against the British and Irish Lions.

Farrell out, Warburton benched for Lions    

Coach Warren Gatland said he would pick a Test-strength starting lineup to face the NZ Maori but Owen Farrell is out and Sam Warburton will come off the bench.

Big difference between Lions teams: Hansen    

Steve Hansen says it is painfully obvious that one British and Irish Lions team is stronger than another on their tour of New Zealand.

Nabuli to make his Wallabies debut    

Fiji-born winger Eto Nabuli will make his Wallabies debut against Scotland but coach Michael Cheika has again overlooked regular captain Stephen Moore.

Barrett trio set for All Blacks history    

Fullback Ben Smith sees off the merits of Sam Cane and will lead the All Blacks for the first time, against Samoa at Eden Park.

O'Mahony to skipper Lions against NZ Maori    

Irishman Peter O'Mahony will lead the British and Irish Lions against the Maori All Blacks on Saturday.

Scotland vow to take game to the Wallabies

Scotland are vowing to play exciting attacking rugby in pursuit of another famous win over the Wallabies on Saturday in Sydney.

Rebels start search for new Super coach

Coach Tony McGahan will leave the Melbourne Rebels at the end of the Super Rugby season with the club already fielding inquiries from prospective replacements.

Highlanders unfurl Lions-beating blueprint    

The Highlanders reckon they've found the best way to counter the British and Irish Lions' stifling methods.

Naholo sizzles in All Blacks Test bid    

Highlanders flyer Waisake Naholo has given All Blacks coach Steve Hansen plenty to think about with a livewire display against the British and Irish Lions.

Gatland defends Lions after late loss    

Warren Gatland insists there isn't a gulf in quality developing within his British and Irish Lions squad following a 23-22 loss to the Highlanders.

Foley sees Hunt as Wallabies' Mr Versatile    

Wallabies five-eighth Bernard Foley has backed Karmichael Hunt's versatility as a vital commodity for Michael Cheika's ever-changing backline.

Wallabies skipper ready for Scotland    

Whether he's captain or not, flanker Michael Hooper says the Wallabies must be ready for Scotland after some close calls against the under-rated tourists.

Savea boys eager for clash with motherland    

All Blacks siblings Julian and Ardie Savea are both likely to take on the nation of their parents' birth, Samoa, in Friday's Test match in Auckland.

George Smith drafted as Wallabies coach    

Flanker George Smith has been drafted as a development coach for the Wallabies leading up to 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Highlanders beat Lions in rugby thriller    

The British and Irish Lions have suffered their second tour defeat, pipped at the death of a pulsating match 23-22 by the Highlanders.

Will Genia free to return to Australia    

Wallabies halfback Will Genia has secured a release from the final season of his playing contract with Stade Francais and is free to return to Australia.

Kiwis crush Wallaroos in women's rugby    

The Black Ferns have defeated the Wallaroos 44-17 in their rugby union clash in Christchurch.

Samoa Test perfect for NZ injury returnees    

A host of underdone All Blacks and recent injury returnees will play key roles in the side's Test against Samoa on Friday.

Wallabies star reopens Scottish wounds    

Bernard Foley has set the scene for a spicy showdown with Scotland, insisting the Wallabies deserved their controversial 2015 World Cup quarter-final win.

George Smith back in Wallabies colours    

Champion flanker George Smith has been drafted into the Wallabies camp, but in a coaching capacity mentoring Australia's next generation of No.7s.

Manager denies Curtis Rona NRL Tigers link

Western Force speedster Curtis Rona's manager says he has no intention to return to the NRL with the Wests Tigers.

Warburton wary of weakened Highlanders

British and Irish Lions skipper Sam Warburton isn't fooled by the makeshift nature of the Highlanders side they face in Dunedin.

Wallaby Alaalatoa pushing mentor Kepu    

Wallabies prop Allan Alaalatoa is profiting from advice from Sekope Kepu as the two battle for the same starting spot in the team.

Defence coach Scot tough job    

Australian-born Scotland defence coach Matt Taylor says he will have a big job trying to stop the Wallabies in their Test clash in Sydney on Saturday.

Wallabies winger Speight wants more ball    

In-form Wallabies winger Henry Speight says he needs to be more vocal and demand the ball more following his first Test try double.

Sharni Williams back for Wallaroos    

Olympic gold medalist Sharni Williams will play her first Test for Australia's women's rugby team in over three years against New Zealand on Tuesday.

Wallabies expect Scottish forward fire

Scotland's forwards weren't deemed good enough for the British and Irish Lions squad but the Wallabies expect them to fire up next Saturday in Sydney.

Moore on Bench for Saturday’s Fiji match.

Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore gives way to flanker Michael Hooper as captain in Saturday’s Test over Fiji in Melbourne.

Hunt says Wallabies debut worth the wait

Code-hopper Karmichael Hunt says he was relieved to have finally won his first Wallabies cap and to have performed well after a two-year wait.

All Blacks trio named for Highlanders

The Highlanders have named Liam Coltman, Lima Sopoaga and Waisake Naholo in their team to take on the Lions in Dunedin.

Wallabies' leader targeting 2019 World Cup

Wallabies captain Stephen Moore says his workload is being managed with an eye to the 2019 World Cup and he's not being transitioned out of the side.

ARU 'saddened' by Sydney player's death

Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver has sent condolences to the family of a man who collapsed and died during a rugby match on Sydney's northern beaches.

Melbourne Rebels sign Aussie sevens flyer

The Melbourne Rebels have signed Australian sevens star Henry Hutchison.

Lions pack poses unique problems: Taylor

The All Blacks must prepare to counter unfamiliar set piece tactics used by the British and Irish Lions, says likely Test hooker Codie Taylor.

Hanigan happy to follow Wallabies greats

Wallabies flanker Ned Hanigan said he was hungry for more Test rugby after being one of four players to make their international debut against Fiji.

Cheika warns that Wallabies need to lift

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says his team will will need to lift against a sharp looking Scotland in next Saturday's Test in Sydney.

All Blacks more prepared for brutish Lions

The All Blacks will be primed to cope with the British and Irish Lions' thunderous methods during their Test series, says Crusaders coach Scott Robertson.

Lions muscle up to overcome Crusaders

Fears the British and Irish Lions will be Test pushovers in New Zealand have been squashed with a muscular 12-3 win over the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Wallaby Folau back to basics in Test win

Wallaby Israel Folau says he's trying to keep things simple and it's working, the fullback crossing twice in Australia's 37-14 Test win over Fiji in Melbourne.

Man dies in Sydney rugby match

A man has collapsed and died during a rugby match on Sydney's northern beaches.

Folau and Hunt star in Wallabies' Fiji win

The Wallabies have opened the year with a 37-14 Test win over Fiji, fullback Israel Folau crossing for a double in Melbourne.

Cruden suffers knee ligament injury

Chiefs five-eight Aaron Cruden is in doubt for the looming All Blacks Tests after injuring knee ligaments against the Hurricanes.

Savea prime for centenary game against the Chiefs    

Top winger Julian Savea will face the Chiefs in Wellington in his centenary affair for the Hurricanes at the Westpac stadium.

Lions a highlight for top Kiwis: Whitelock

All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock remembers when his personal countdown to face the British and Irish Lions began - 12 years ago during their last New Zealand tour.

Chiefs hold off Canes 17-14 in Super Rugby

The Chiefs have held off a late rally from defending Super Rugby champions the Hurricanes to secure a 17-14 win in Wellington.

Lions aim to build world's best rugby pack

The British and Irish Lions' desire to boast the best forward pack in world rugby will undergo a severe examination from the Crusaders.

Hooper happy to hold Test reins for Moore

Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper insists he's only holding the reins as skipper until Stephen Moore is back in the starting side.

British Lions play down Warburton injury

Captain Sam Warburton still can't train properly with the British and Irish Lions, nearly a week after damaging his ankle.

New faces for the Wallabies to face Fiji

Up to four new Wallabies will make their Test debut against Fiji, with Karmichael Hunt and Ned Hanigan set to start.

Wallabies' record in Tests against Fiji

The Wallabies' Test rugby union record against Fiji at a glance.

Lions have to start winning, says Hansen

All Blacks mentor Steve Hansen is applying pressure on the British and Irish Lions, saying they have to start winning if they want to be successful.

Lions NZ tour morale at stake: Crusaders

The pressure on the British and Irish Lions ramps up if they lose their next tour match, Crusaders assistant coach Leon MacDonald says.

Wallabies name Moore on bench for Fiji

Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore has been named on the bench for the Fiji Test while Joe Powell and Richard Hardwick are in line to win their first caps.

Test debut makes journey worthwhile: Hunt

Code-hopper Karmichael Hunt says he's overcome plenty of obstacles to make his long-awaited Wallabies debut against Fiji.

Heartbreak as Aussies fall in dying stages

Australia's under-20s rugby side have fallen by the finest of margins 20-19 to holders England to miss a semi-final spot at the world championships in Georgia.

All Blacks skipper Read out of Samoa Test

All Blacks captain Kieran Read will be underdone when he returns to face the British and Irish Lions after ruling himself out of the Test against Samoa.

Lions midfield mix a puzzle for Gatland

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland insists he is yet to consider his Test side but believes the centres will cause some headaches when the time comes.

Hanigan shocked by Wallabies call-up

Wallabies bolter Ned Hanigan says his call-up for first Test of the year against Fiji is surreal after only just breaking into Super Rugby.

Simmons would be Super pick-up: Cheika

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika may have left veteran Rob Simmons out of his squad to face Fiji but says the lock still has plenty to offer Australian rugby.

Band of brothers head for All Blacks duty

Beauden, Scott and Jordie Barrett have all been named in the All Blacks' 33-man squad for the British and Irish Lions Test series.

Higginbotham surprise at Wallabies call-up

Queensland veteran No.8 Scott Higginbotham thought his Test days were over so was surprised to win selection for the Wallabies match against Fiji.

Gatland mixes up Lions squad again

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has, as promised, made 11 changes to his starting line-up for Saturday's match against the Crusaders.

Fiji name giant centre for Wallabies Test

Fiji have named Jale Vatubua, who has been likened to All Blacks superstar Sonny Bill Willams, for his Test debut against the Wallabies on Saturday.

All Blacks boss scoffs at Gatland comments

Steve Hansen has laughed off Lions counterpart Warren Gatland's suggestion that the Kiwi Super Rugby franchises aren't too different from his All Blacks side.

Mann-Rea signs with Brumbies until 2019

Brumbies hooker Josh Mann-Rea has signed a new deal to play with the Super Rugby team until he is 38.

Moore still a wanted Wallaby: Cheika

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika wants captain Stephen Moore to play on to the next World Cup despite the hooker being dumped from the starting side to play Fiji.

Crusaders pick strong side for Lions clash

A Crusaders side dripping with Test quality is named to face the wobbling British and Irish Lions in Christchurch.

Strong Maori All Blacks team to face Lions

A Maori All Blacks squad bristling with attacking talent has been named to face the British and Irish Lions next week.

Barrett brothers named in All Blacks squad

Three brothers have been named in an All Blacks squad for the first time ahead of the Test series against the British and Irish Lions.

All Blacks squad named for Lions series

Hurricanes backs Ngani Laumape and Jordie Barrett are the uncapped players in a 33-man All Blacks squad named to face the British and Irish Lions.

Halfpenny demands results from Lions

British and Irish Lions stalwart Leigh Halfpenny says the Test selection must start achieving dominant pre-Test victories as soon as possible.

League-loving Wallaby Tui eyeing Test spot

Queensland Reds lock Lukhan Tui grew up wanting to play in the NRL but instead has found himself part of the Wallabies squad for their Test against Fiji.

Ioane shines in triumph over Lions

Rieko Ioane was a standout on the Blues' left flank against the British and Irish Lions, but insists a Test call-up wasn't his chief motivation.

Blues stick to their style in Lions win

Blues skipper James Parsons says the Super Rugby side's 22-16 win over the British and Irish Lions was achieved while sticking to the club's trademark style.

Blues shock Gatland's limp Lions

The Blues have defeated a middling British and Irish Lions side 22-16 at Eden Park, having scored a late winner via Ihaia West.

Force heading for arbitration with ARU

The Western Force and ARU will go to arbitration over the governing body's decision to cut the WA side or Melbourne Rebels from Super Rugby.

Ngatai back in Chiefs Super Rugby midfield

Brodie Retallick is out but Charlie Ngatai returns for the Chiefs' Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

Wallabies won't try to top Fiji Test flair

The Wallabies won't try to match the Fijians for flair in their Test in Melbourne, according to centre Tevita Kuridrani.

Savea in line for 100th Hurricanes game

All Blacks winger Julian Savea will play his 100th Super Rugby match when he lines up for the Hurricanes against the Chiefs in Wellington.

Blues drop late Tuipulotu for Lions clash

The Blues have confirmed All Blacks lock Patrick Tuipulotu has been dropped for the game against the British and Irish Lions after he was late for training.

Departing Lowe reaches Chiefs half-century

Chiefs and NZ Maori winger James Lowe, whose departure for Leinster is imminent, will make his 50th Super Rugby appearance on Friday against the Hurricanes.

Hodge wants to keep Test role from Beale

Wallabies incumbent inside centre Reece Hodge is hoping to impress against Fiji to keep the jersey from the returning Kurtley Beale.

Brumbies' Fainga'a signs with London Irish

Former Wallabies Saia and Anthony Fainga'a won't be with the Brumbies next season after signing deals overseas.

Reds cut rugby Test veteran Simmons

Queensland say they will not re-sign Wallabies veteran second-rower Rob Simmons for next Super Rugby season, preferring to go with youth.

Wallabies wary of Fiji's forward power

While Fiji's exciting backs are in the spotlight, the Wallabies are well aware of their strengths in the forwards ahead of their Test in Melbourne.

Lions rugby captaincy shocks Ken Owens

Welsh hooker Ken Owens will lead the British and Irish Lions barely a week after missing his Scarlets side's Pro12 rugby final victory over Munster.

Rebels sign former England lock for 2018

The Melbourne Rebels have signed ex-England international Geoff Parling for the 2018 Super Rugby season.

Ramadan no burden for Sonny Bill Williams

Blues and All Blacks midfielder Sonny Bill Williams says his observance of Ramadan is yet to cause any on-field problems, as he prepares to take on the Lions.

True blue Naivalu ready for Fiji Test

Fijian-born winger Sefa Naivalu says he'll have no trouble playing against his birth country if picked for the Wallabies' opening June Test on Saturday.

Kiwi-born Payne returns to stomping ground

Kiwi-born British and Irish Lions centre Jared Payne will play his first match back in New Zealand on Wednesday against the Blues, his old club.

Tired Genia turns attention to Wallabies

Veteran halfback Will Genia says he's excited to be back with the Wallabies and feels his tired body will be right for the three June Tests.

Reds' Kerevi and Simmons out for a month

Injured Queensland captain and Wallabies centre Samu Kerevi and veteran lock Rob Simmons are out for up to six weeks with injuries suffered in Samoa.

Tahs coach feels supported by board

NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson recognises the last year of his contract could come under scrutiny after again failing to make the Super Rugby playoffs.

SBW bracketed for Blues against Lions

Sonny Bill Williams has the chance to test his injured knee after being bracketed as inside centre for the Blues' mid-week match against the Lions.

Larkham backs Powell for Wallabies debut

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham believes halfback Joe Powell will win his first Wallabies cap against Fiji in Melbourne on Saturday.

Defiant Melbourne Rebels appoint Super CEO

The Melbourne Rebels have appointed Baden Stephenson as chief executive despite the club's uncertain Super Rugby future.

Australia's Super hopes pinned on Brumbies

The Brumbies confirmed their place in the Super Rugby finals, while New Zealand teams continued their dominance over Australian franchises.

Stressed Force players told to relax

Western Force players will be given the next 10 days off before returning for a three-week training block ahead of their final two games of the season.

Horne, Gordon join Wallabies' Test squad

Rob Horne and Jake Gordon have been drafted into the Wallabies' June Test squad to replace injured duo Samu Kerevi and Nick Phipps.

NZ Super finals challenge awaits Brumbies

The Brumbies are likely to face the daunting task of beating a New Zealand side when they host a Super Rugby final.

Gatland family rapt after Lions clash

Both Warren Gatland and Bryn Gatland played major roles in their respective sides' performances when the Lions took on the provincial Barbarians.

Baabaas boss hits brakes on Lions flak

Provincial Barbarians coach Clayton McMillan says the British and Irish Lions are all but certain to improve after struggling to beat his side 13-7 on Saturday.

Force give Hurricanes a minor scare

Western Force veteran Matt Hodgson injured his calf in Saturday's 34-12 loss to the Hurricanes in Perth.

Brumbies book place in Super Rugby finals

The Brumbies have confirmed their place in the Super Rugby finals by picking up a bonus point in their 32-3 victory over Melbourne Rebels.

Lions start tour with dour Barbarians win

The British and Irish Lions have struggled to a 13-7 win over the provincial Barbarians in the first of their 10 matches in New Zealand.

Tahs' Super Rugby finals hopes smashed

The NSW Waratahs have had their slim Super Rugby finals hopes shattered by a 46-31 loss to the Chiefs in Hamilton.

Injured Crotty in doubt for All Blacks

Ryan Crotty's rib cartilage injury could rule the classy back out of the All Blacks' Test series against the British and Irish Lions.

Crusaders win late in Super Rugby thriller

Mitchell Hunt is a field-goal hero for the Crusaders, who have secured Super Rugby's New Zealand Conference with a 25-22 win over the Highlanders.

Reds skipper Kerevi in doubt for Wallabies

Wallaby Samu Kerevi could miss his dream date with Fiji next weekend after going down injured in Queensland's 34-29 Super Rugby loss to the Blues in Samoa.

Brumbies not taking Rebels win for granted

Brumbies captain Sam Carter says complacency won't get the better of them in their Super Rugby clash with the lowly Melbourne Rebels.

Tahs skipper challenges new Wallabies

NSW Waratahs captain Michael Hooper has called for the new Wallabies squad members in his ranks to have an impact on their vital Super Rugby clash on Saturday.

Late-season lift call for Super Hurricanes

Cory Jane wants his own Super Rugby form to lift, along with that of his Hurricanes team-mates, against the Western Force in Perth.

Force to be fearless v Super Rugby's Canes

Star Western Force fullback Dane Haylett-Petty will make his return from injury in the home Super Rugby clash with the Hurricanes.

Highlanders ready for toughest Super clash

A robust Highlanders side are expecting to have their character tested like never before this Super Rugby season when they face the Crusaders.

Dan McKellar named Brumbies rugby coach

Brumbies assistant Dan McKellar will be the Super Rugby side's head coach from next season.

Warburton unconcerned by Lions schedule

Captain Sam Warburton says the British and Irish Lions have the necessary squad size to deal with their demanding tour of New Zealand.

Rebel Timani back for Brumbies rugby clash

Melbourne lock Lopeti Timani has recovered from a head knock for the Rebels' Super Rugby game against the conference-leading Brumbies in Canberra.

All Blacks Coles still battling concussion

Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles is still struggling to shake off concussion symptoms and his hopes of making the All Blacks' team for the Lions Tests are fading.

Milner-Skudder back for Force rugby clash

Hurricanes outside back Nehe Milner-Skudder is poised to make his much-anticipated return to Super Rugby after a three-month absence with a broken foot.

Donald set to bring up century with Chiefs

Former All Blacks back Stephen Donald will bring up a century of Super Rugby appearances for the Chiefs when he faces the Waratahs on Saturday.

Smith eyeing Wallabies Test after surgery

Melbourne Rebels prop Toby Smith has had to fight his way back from hamstring surgery to earn a recall to the Wallabies squad.

Hooker Ready has learnt his lesson: Stiles

Queensland Reds coach Nick Stiles is confident recalled hooker Andrew Ready has matured after letting his off-field standards slip.

Provincial BaaBaas feature power and pace

A powerful and pacy New Zealand provincial Barbarians team has been named to take on the British and Irish Lions in their tour-opener in Whangarei.

Axed Fardy merited Wallabies spot: Larkham

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham has said Scott Fardy merited selection in the Wallabies squad but understands why the flanker has been left out.

Tahs lose Phipps for Chiefs rugby clash

Jake Gordon will again replace halfback Nick Phipps in the NSW Waratahs' team in their Super Rugby match against the Chiefs in Hamilton.

Australia victorious in tough Welsh clash

Australia have kicked off their World Rugby U20s Championship with a tough 24-17 win over Wales in Georgia.

Lions name team for tour-opening match

Former NRL star Ben Te'o is in the British and Irish Lions starting team to be led by Sam Warburton for the opening match of their New Zealand tour.

I'm a lucky Wallaby, says Haylett-Petty

Western Force fullback Dane Haylett-Petty will make his return from a hamstring injury in their Super Rugby clash against the Hurricanes in Perth.

Lions' Laidlaw keen to grab late chance

British and Irish Lions halfback Greig Laidlaw feels his style of rugby would be perfectly suited to playing Kiwi sides, despite his late Test call-up.