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Worcester have confirmed the signing of second-row Michael Fatialofa on a two-year deal from 2016 Super Rugby champions the Hurricanes.
Former Waikato captain and stalwart Jono Gibbes has been appointed as the new head coach of the province for the 2018 Mitre 10 Cup.
Wellington Lions have announced that experienced Exeter Chiefs and former England back-row Thomas Waldrom will join them in 2018.
The Canterbury Rugby Union and Crusaders have bought ownership stakes in an American professional team, the Seattle Seawolves.
Ex All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry will return to coaching after being named as Auckland’s assistant coach for the Mitre 10 Cup season.
Manawatu have captured the signature of another local star returning to the province with the acquisition of Rob Thompson from Canterbury.
Southland have appointed former All Blacks front-row Dave Hewett as their new head coach for next year’s Mitre 10 Cup competition.