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Newcastle’s superb season has reached new heights as Vereniki Goneva and Dean Richards won prizes at the Premiership Rugby Awards 2018.
The Reds have named their team to play the Hurricanes in Wellington this Friday, with captain Scott Higginbotham returning to the line-up.
With the domestic leagues in Europe all reaching the knockout phase, we take a look at the best bets from the top games.
Saracens have announced tighthead Juan Figallo and centre Duncan Taylor have extended their contracts to the end of 2020/21.
Northampton Saints have announced that Matt Ferguson will be joining the club from the 2018/19 season as assistant coach.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika admits fans could turn away from Israel Folau as a role model, after his recent religious social media posts.
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has announced that 21 players have signed contracts at the province as they look to build for the future.
Waratahs inside centre Kurtley Beale is keen to move on from his side’s defeat to the Crusaders, as they turn their focus to the Highlanders.
TJ Perenara will return to the Hurricanes’ starting XV and take over the captaincy when they face the struggling Reds in Wellington on Friday.
The Blues and New Zealand Rugby (NZR) announced that Tana Umaga will have his role as head coach extended by a further 12 months.
Russia will qualify for Rugby World Cup 2019 as Europe 1, not Romania, and join Ireland, Scotland, Japan and the play-off winner in Pool A.
Bulls coach John Mitchell has named a 26-man squad to fly to Buenos Aires to face the Jaguares, with Handre Pollard taking over as captain.
Newcastle back-row Mark Wilson believes his side have no pressure on them as they embark on their first ever Premiership semi-final at Exeter.
Munster captain Peter O’Mahony admits facing Leinster in Saturday’s PRO14 semi-final will be “the hardest game” of their campaign so far.
Leicester hooker Tom Youngs has been given the “unbelievably good news” that his wife Tiffany is in remission after her battle with cancer.
Toulouse and France lock Yoann Maestri has had a change of heart, opting to join Stade Francais instead of La Rochelle next season.
The match officials for this weekend’s action have been confirmed, with Stuart Berry taking charge of the Leinster versus Munster PRO14 clash.
Scarlets full-back Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of their PRO14 semi-final clash at Glasgow Warriors on Friday due to a torn hamstring.
This week we will be mostly concerning ourselves with Bilbao, high tackles and England’s Brad Shields.
Blues and All Blacks second-row Patrick Tuipulotu is likely to be ruled out of the three-Test tour to France in June with a shoulder injury.