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With the All Blacks not back in Rugby Championship action until 10 September, 12 players have been released to their Mitre 10 Cup teams.
All Blacks fly-half Beauden Barrett has inked a new deal across all levels of the game, in what is a major signing for New Zealand Rugby.
Rugby needs Australia to get back to their best, All Black coach Steve Hansen said on Sunday.
Clermont made a statement of intent after beating Montpellier 26-22 in their Top14 clash on Sunday.
Canterbury scored three unanswered tries in the final 20 minutes to beat Tasman 45-14 in their Mitre 10 Cup clash on Sunday.
World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper says he supports the idea of North American teams competing in the PRO12.
The schedule for the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand in 2017 has been heavily criticised by English rugby bosses.
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has denied an allegation from Australia that he had a secret meeting with referee Romain Poite.
All Black prop Owen Franks has escaped punishment after Sanzaar determined he did not eye-gouge an Australian player.
Watch the highlights from the Rugby Championship Test between Argentina and South Africa in Salta on Saturday.