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The All Blacks have been dealt a setback with the news that prop Joe Moody will be out for six weeks with a torn eyelid sustained in training.
Thirty-three new faces are among the 190 professional players contracted by New Zealand’s five Super Rugby franchises for 2019.
All Blacks and Crusaders front-row Joe Moody has committed to playing his rugby in New Zealand after signing a new contract through to 2022.
Former England back-row Thomas Waldrom has retired from rugby aged 35 after ending his career with Wellington in the Mitre 10 Cup.
Three games take place on Friday in the PRO14’s opening round with defending champions Leinster starting their campaign at Cardiff Blues.
This week we will mostly be concerning ourselves with health and safety, as well as stints abroad following Ronan O’Gara’s exploits.
Richie Mo’unga was named man of the match in the Super Rugby final and this demonstrates why after instigating David Havili’s score.