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New coaching consultants Franco Smith and JP Ferreira have made an immediate impact with the Springboks ahead of their November tour.
All Blacks full-back Ben Smith remembers their injury-time win in Dublin the last time they played Ireland well.
Brodie Retallick has been ruled out of New Zealand’s Test against Ireland in Chicago after suffering concussion.
All Black scrum-half TJ Perenara has extended his contract with the New Zealand Rugby until the end of 2017.
Liam Messam and Tim Nanai-Williams will return to the Chiefs for the 2017 Super Rugby season after stints in Japan.
Stephen Larkham will leave the Brumbies at the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season after signing a new three-year deal with the Wallabies.
Australia’s Sam Carter, Luke Morahan, Paddy Ryan and Toby Smith join the Barbarians ahead of facing South Africa, Czech Republic and Fiji.
Canterbury captain Luke Whitelock is expecting a titanic clash with Tasman when the two teams battle it out for Mitre 10 Cup silverware.
Future Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has confirmed that Matt Taylor and Dan McFarland will join him when he starts the job in June.
Exeter have lost the services of flanker Julian Salvi for the rest of the year due to a bicep injury, head coach Rob Baxter has confirmed.