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Thirty-three new faces are among the 190 professional players contracted by New Zealand’s five Super Rugby franchises for 2019.
Japan is reportedly emerging as a possible short-term destination for Beauden Barrett and other All Blacks after the 2019 RWC in Japan.
Dane Coles is set to make his return to rugby via the replacements bench for Wellington in a Mitre 10 Cup game with Taranaki on Friday.
Argentina returned to winning ways in the Rugby Championship when they claimed a 23-19 win over Australia on the Gold Coast on Saturday.
The Brumbies have announced the signing of Murray Douglas for the 2019 and 2020 Super Rugby seasons, who arrives from the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes have added two players for the next two seasons after the signing of prop Fraser Armstrong and back-row Du’Plessis Kirifi.
Argentina ended an eleven-game losing run in the Rugby Championship when they stunned a poor South Africa 32-19 in Mendoza on Saturday.