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Rotation has been temporarily relegated behind rebuilding in Graham Henry's rugby vocabulary leading up to the first of two internationals against England at Eden Park on Saturday.
Leicester have completed the signing of promising openside flank Ben Woods from Newcastle for the forthcoming season.
Results went as expected on the first day of the IRB Junior World Championship, with all the top eight seeds running in largely convincing victories.
Reds winger and Australia squad member Digby Ioane wants to make the most of his call-up should he be chosen to take on Ireland in Saturday's one-off Test match in Melbourne.
Already shorn of five first-choice props, Italy coach Nick Mallett took another blow to the front row at the weekend, with Treviso's Salvatore Costanzo ruled out of the Italian tour to South Africa and Argentina.
Denis Hurley and Tomas O'Leary have been named in the Ireland A team to face the United States in the Churchill Cup on Wednesday.
Calvisano were crowned champions of Italy for only the second time on Saturday, after beating Benetton Treviso in the final of the Super 10.
Despite not being based in Auckland this week, England boss Martin Johnson is adamant that he will be making several decisions ahead of the first Test against New Zealand on Saturday.
The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) has admitted it underestimated the depth of disillusionment among rugby fans following the reappointment of All Blacks coach Graham Henry.
Fiji beat Samoa 34-17 in the opening match of the Pacific Nations Cup in Lautoka on Saturday, with debutant wing Timoci Nagusa scoring two tries.