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Kieran Read has confirmed that 2019 will be his swansong year in New Zealand, with the number eight set to retire from international rugby.
With the dust having settled on Round Three of Super Rugby, we have gone through the action to pick out the best players from the games.
Gregor Townsend has welcomed the return of five players from injury – and added three others – ahead of Saturday’s Test against Wales.
England boss Eddie Jones has called up 31 players to prepare for their fourth Six Nations Test, against Italy at Twickenham on Saturday.
Wallabies Test hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau is returning to Australia to help fill as short-term injury cover for his former team, the Waratahs.
World Rugby boss Sir Bill Beaumont has invited rugby bosses, including officials from Fiji, to a meeting to discuss the proposed World League.
Experienced South African second-row Andries Ferreira has joined the Hurricanes squad for the remainder of this year’s Super Rugby season.
The USA retained their title in Las Vegas after beating Samoa in the Cup final to become the outright leaders on the World Rugby Sevens Series.
Toulouse regained their six-point buffer at the summit of the Top 14 after a superb 28-9 triumph over Stade Francais in the French capital.
Ulster remain in pole position for a PRO14 play-off spot after securing a 28-15 bonus-point victory over Dragons at Rodney Parade on Sunday.
An impressive first half display helped Newcastle Falcons move four points closer to Worcester following a 17-6 victory over the Warriors.
New Zealand, USA, Samoa and Argentina all progressed through to the Cup semi-finals of the Las Vegas Sevens after another enthralling day.
Racing 92 gave their play-off hopes a much-needed shot in the arm as they saw off La Rochelle 50-14, with Teddy Thomas scoring a hat-trick.
Scarlets moved into the PRO14’s Conference B play-off positions after claiming a 10-6 victory over Munster at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday.
Saracens kept the pressure on Exeter Chiefs at the top of Premiership table after beating Northampton 36-17 at Allianz Park on Saturday.
Bristol Bears boss Pat Lam hailed the energy and character of his side after recording a first league win over Gloucester in more than 11 years.
The Crusaders made it three victories out of three in this year’s Super Rugby competition after they eased past the Reds 22-12 on Saturday.