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Former Worcester director of rugby Dean Ryan is set to join the Rugby Football Union in August as head of international player development.
Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie welcomed the underdog tag with open arms as they prepare to face the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday.
Highlanders boss Jamie Joseph is backing centre Malakai Fekitoa to bring his A-game to Saturday’s clash with the Lions in Johannesburg.
Montpellier star signing Nemani Nadolo will link up with his new club in the first week of August.
Harlequins back-row Nick Easter has announced his retirement from the game to take up a coaching position at the club.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has revealed that veteran back-row Wycliff Palu has retired from international rugby.
Sale Sharks have announced that 27-year-old back-row TJ Ioane has signed a new three-year contract with the Premiership club.
Veteran playmaker Matt Giteau will join the Wallabies in camp next week, after Toulon agreed to release him for the Rugby Championship.
The Lions host the defending champions, the Highlanders, in what promises to be a thrilling semi-final in Johannesburg on Saturday.
The Super Rugby semi-finals kick-off in Wellington for what is set to be a thrilling clash between the Hurricanes and Chiefs on Saturday.