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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.
Montpellier wing Benjamin Fall has extended his contract with last season’s Top 14 semi-finalists.
Sharks defence coach, Omar Mouneimne, has requested an early release from his contract to pursue an offer from Stade Français.
The enthusiasm for big sporting events in the north means The Rugby Championship could become a regular visitor to Europe.
American rugby administration and the PRO12 are looking at bringing a USA team to the competition.
Allister Coetzee will continue to change South Africa’s style with increasing opportunities for youth and Sevens players.