De Villiers' return confirmed

Springboks captain Jean de Villiers makes his return to international rugby against Argentina in Durban this weekend.

Springboks captain to complete remarkable comeback from horrific knee injury in clash with Argentina in Durban.

Giteau key for Wallabies

Veteran playmaker Matt Giteau is set to play his first test against the All Blacks since 2010.

Playmaker didn't get a lot bigger during time in France, but he's just as quick, and a whole whole lot wiser.

Snook: RWC conditioning has come a long way

Wales coach Warren Gatland has not spared the rod with his players.

OPINION: In 1987 the All Blacks got the drop on their opponents by introducing canny Scotsman Jim Blair to their set-up.

Fiji a RWC threat, say England

Fiji captain Akapusi Qera is buoyant about his team's World Cup chances after their Pacific Nations Cup success.

The tournament's 'pool of death' just got deeper as Fijians flex muscles with impressive Pacific Nations Cup win.

Gibson: Physicality key for Wallabies

New Zealander Daryl Gibson, right, knows plenty about the methods of Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

Australia must front with aggression and clever kicking game to upset world champions, former All Black says.

Injury stalls Anscombe's starting debut

Gareth Anscombe is finally set to get his chance for Wales in their World Cup warm-up against Ireland.

Wales coach considered handing young Kiwi the No 10 jersey against Ireland this weekend but opted for a cautious approach.

Danny Cipriani's England World Cup hopes alive

Danny Cipriani in action against the All Blacks in Hamilton last year.

Backup England No 10 Danny Cipriani re-bailed in his drink driving case until after World Cup.

Gatland names experimental Wales to face Ireland

Ross Moriarty has won an Under-20 world championship with England but will make his Wales debut against Ireland in Cardiff.

Wales coach Warren Gatland will hand debuts to four players in RWC warm-up match against Ireland.

Puma adds claws to Wallabies scrum

James Slipper of the Wallabies in action against the Springboks in Brisbane.

Wallabies prop James Slipper backs scrum to be a force under new coach Mario Ledesma.

Folau: Cheika's brought clarity

Israel Folau, left, and Michael Cheika speak to the media in Sydney on Tuesday.

Wallabies star Israel Folau credits coach Michael Cheika for new clarity that exists in camp.

Samoa fall to Fiji in final

Fa'atoina Autagavaia scored twice for Samoa but it wasn't enough.

Fiji beat Samoa to win Pacific Nations Cup in British Columbia.

Foley happy to learn from master

Veteran Matt Giteau runs the ball during a Wallabies training session in Sydney ahead of the Bledisloe test.

Wallabies first-five "shocked" by veteran Matt Giteau's excitement at being back in camp ahead of Bledisloe test on Saturday night.

Boks release Steyn amidst tragedy

Frans Steyn's family circumstances have overtaken the Springboks' needs against Argentina on Saturday night.

Sudden death of his brother sees the backline utility released from squad as Boks look for a win to boost RWC buildup.

Horwill locked, loaded for ABs

James Horwill watches on during Wallabies training session in Sydney on Monday.

James Horwill has no qualms about being the Wallabies' lineout caller against the All Blacks.

Wallabies lose top lock for ABs test

Kieran Read and Rob Simmons battle for lineout ball during last year's Bledisloe Cup test in Brisbane.

Wrist surgery needed for Rob Simmons ahead of Bledisloe Cup test with New Zealand in Sydney.

Hooper cleared to play All Blacks

Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper, centre, will play his ninth test against the All Blacks in front of a home crowd.

Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper gets green light to play in Saturday's Rugby Championship decider in Sydney.

IOC tells Japan 'no apology needed'

An aerial view shows the planned construction site for the new National Stadium in Tokyo.

Olympic officials tell Japan there was no need to apologize for scrapping their original proposal for a new national stadium in Tokyo.

Palu back for Wallabies

Wallabies No 8 Wycliff Palu will be back from a month's rest for the test against the All Blacks in Sydney.

No 8 returns to the squad after month's rest, refreshed and ready for back-to-back tests against All Blacks.

Hooper ban to be reviewed

Ban review: Michael Hooper may yet miss the Wallabies' clash with the All Blacks next week.

Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper may miss first Bledisloe test as Sanzar review ban.

Palu, Giteau back for Wallabies

Matt Giteau has recovered from injury to be included in the Wallabies squad to face the All Blacks.

Wycliff Palu and Matt Giteau have been recalled for next week's Rugby Championship decider.

Douglas set for Wallabies recall

Lock Kane Douglas has been capped 14 times by the Wallabies, and is eyeing a recall for the Rugby World Cup.

Former test lock paves way for an immediate international call-up by signing three-year deal with Reds and ARU.

Smith appeal to finally be heard

Black Ferns coach Greg Smith is set to finally have his appeal against his 14-week coaching ban heard.

Greg Smith will next week be appealing his ban, despite having already served half of it.

Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper free to face ABs

Michael Hooper of the Wallabies can be selected to face the All Backs next week.

Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper is relieved and peeved after being cleared to tackle the All Blacks.

Taulafo gets Samoa past Canada

Sakaria Taulafo was the hero for Samoa at at the Pacific Nations Cup.

Sakaria Taulafo try propels Samoa past Canada to meet Fiji in final of the Pacific Nations Cup.

World Rugby want Japan explanation

A truck leaves the now defunct construction site of Japan's proposed new National Stadium in Tokyo.

World Rugby to meet Japan's 2019 World Cup organisers over Tokyo stadium scrapping.

Cooper's club doesn't want him

Quade Cooper's hopes of some game time for his Souths club ahead of a clash with the All Blacks have apparently been dashed.

Wallabies first five's hopes of rare club rugby appearance ahead of Bledisloe Cup test have been quashed.

North sees gremlins at RWC camp

George North has describes Wales' Rugby World Cup training camps as "savage".

Star Welsh centre describes how players were pushed to limits at Rugby World Cup camp in heat of Qatar.

'Don't tweet after a RWC loss'

Chris Robshaw and his England players have been told to keep their emotions in check during the Rugby World Cup, especially if they suffer a loss.

England rugby players issued 24-point social media guide for World Cup, including warnings not to use Twitter "after a tough loss".

Wallaby No 7 Hooper's Sanzar hearing adjourned

Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper is still in the dark over whether he can face the All Blacks in Sydney.

Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper still in the dark as the whether he'll face All Blacks in Sydney.

Collins family off to meet Ayla

Ayla Ruth Collins and her mother, Alana Madill, former All Black Jerry Collins' partner. Collins' parents and one of his sisters have flown to Canada to meet Ayla for the first time.

Jerry Collins' "miracle" daughter will finally meet her late father's family.

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