After just one season in the ITM Cup, Jacob Skeen now has an opportunity to play at international level.
It "stiffens the sinew and summons the blood", so just how will the All Blacks and Samoa pre-test rituals play out?
Springboks centre who feared he may not walk unaided again deemed match-fit for World XV game.
Auckland-born Chiefs utility Tim Nanai-Williams talked to former ABs skipper before switching to Samoa.
Fast rugby picked for the Samoa test pitch brought up to scratch with $30m and a little help from China.
Brumbies hooker will lead Australia to this year's showpiece tournament, replacing flanker Michael Hooper.
Samoa team takes on an international flavour with most of the XV for the Apia test flown in from Europe.
NZ women's rugby team have secured the Super Series trophy after thrashing the USA Eagles 47-14.
As the ABs focus on a rugby wrestle in Apia, Samoa fights with foreign clubs to release their players.
Jerry Collins baby daughter is now well enough to leave French hospital and return to her mother's native Canada
Black Ferns just one win away from title as rejuvenated team looks to new era.
NZ Maori coach Colin Cooper faces plenty of challenges to get his side ready to face Fiji.
Michael Cheika has finally showed his hand with the Wallabies.
The contract of South Africa's head of referees Andre Watson has been terminated with immediate effect, SARU said.
France, Ireland, Italy, and South Africa confirmed their interest in staging the 2023 Rugby World Cup by the deadline
Big names were cut from coach Michael Cheika's 40-man extended Wallabies squad named in Brisbane.
NZ women's rugby side enjoy morale-boosting 26-7 win over reigning world champion England.
Waratahs winger confirms he'll head to Japan at the end of this year to play for club side NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes.
Former State of Origin sensation has chosen to stick with the 15-man game, signing a new deal with the ARU.
Former Bulls coach picks up forwards coaching role with island nation in build-up to Rugby World Cup.
Ex-All Black and incoming Waratahs coach dismisses RWC doubts over Wallabies based on Super Rugby form.
Chiefs midfield back named captain for games against Fiji and the New Zealand Barbarians next month.
Halfback faces six weeks on sidelines with knee injury in the latest blow to Springboks ahead of RWC.
Flanker Ofisa Treviranus named Samoa captain against NZ and for the Rugby World Cup.
Australia coach gets an extra RWC prep week, but might need closer to a year after Super Rugby semifinal routs.
South Africa have recalled Jaque Fourie and Heinrich Brussow, as well as eight new caps for RWC run in.
Honey Hireme scores double in seven tries to four win in opening match of the Women's Super Series.
Code hopping Waratahs and Wallabies star has reportedly re-signed with the Australian Rugby Union.
The Black Ferns women's rugby team have set their sights on knocking over world champions England as look to rebuild, and regain the Rugby World Cup in 2017.
If the Brumbies want any chance of beating the Hurricanes, world-class No 7 will need to be at his best.