BEN HORNE - AAPQuade Cooper might want to make the most of his latest bout in January, after ARU boss Bill Pulver made it clear he doesn't like the idea of the Wallabies' vice-captain combining rugby and boxing.
The ARU will launch a new domestic rugby competition in 2014, the National Rugby Championship.
SHANE DE BARRA - © Fairfax NZ NewsPat Lam has lead his Irish side, Connacht, to a shock humbling of European giants Toulouse in France.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsFormer All Blacks prop John Afoa has signed a staggering four-year deal with Gloucester worth $4 million.
MITCH PHILLIPS - ReutersEnglish clubs are set for at least one season without any European rugby after confirming they won't play in the Heineken Cup.
Wales will take on all three of rugby's southern hemisphere giants as well as Fiji in next year's autumn internationals.
TOBY ROBSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsMidweek matches are trendy again, but those hoping extended tours are back will be disappointed.
JOSH REICH - ReutersEngland winger Christian Wade was ruled out of the Six Nations after suffering a serious foot injury.
GEORGINA ROBINSON - Sydney Morning HeraldWallabies' winning northern tour gives Quade Cooper confidence to say they'll be best come World Cup 2015.
Steve Hansen guided the Barbarians to an easy 43-19 win over Fiji at Twickenham yesterday.
A Quade Cooper-inspired Australia ended a difficult year with an entertaining 30-26 win over Wales.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsPacific Island rugby has been on the back foot for too long. Liam Napier talks to a group trying to level the playing field.
LIAM NAPIER - © Fairfax NZ NewsRomantically, the attraction is undeniable. It's a scenario many rugby enthusiasts would love to see.
PETER RUTHERFORD - ReutersJust a month after suffering a stroke, Japan rugby coach Eddie Jones is already back at work and plotting the 'Brave Blossoms' path to the world top 10.
The British and Irish Lions series-decider against Australia was blighted by a dreadful build-up.
Springboks lock Eben Etzebeth will be out for at least four months after he undergoes surgery next week for a foot injury.
JULIEN PRETOT - ReutersAn Anglo-French plan for a breakaway European rugby club competition looked in tatters.
JIM MORTON - AAPThe Wallabies have vowed to keep their boots on Welsh throats to maintain their psychological edge over the Six Nations champions heading into the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
JIM MORTON - AAPLote Tuqiri's code-crossing advice to Israel Folau to trust his attacking instincts is paying off in spades.
JIM MORTON - AAPThe Wallabies will face major rivals England and Wales in their final two pivotal group games in the 'pool of death' at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
JULIEN PRETOT - ReutersFrance scrumhalf Morgan Parra is set to miss the Six Nations opener against England after being ruled out for 10 to 12 weeks with a knee injury.
JIM MORTON - AAPWales selected 10 British and Irish Lions in a powerful starting team to play the Wallabies in this weekend's year-ending test.
PADRAIC HALPIN - ReutersIreland hooker Rory Best is expected to return from injury in time for the start of the Six Nations in February after he underwent successful surgery on a broken arm.
The Wallabies will play France in three tests next year at Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
JIM MORTON - AAPAfter eight straight losses to Australia, Wales believe it's finally time to get the monkey off their backs.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt was heartbroken. His captain Paul O'Connell was disconsolate.
Banished three-quarters Adam Ashley-Cooper and Nick Cummins appear set to return to the Wallabies' starting side.
South Africa rounded off a strong year with a 19-10 victory over France in Paris this morning.
GEORGINA ROBINSON AT MURRAYFIELD - Sydney Morning HeraldThe Wallabies cast off a week of turmoil to triumph 21-15 over a spirited Scotland in Edinburgh.
He won't call them the All Blacks, hates the haka and questions why they're allowed to perform it.
TERRY DALEY - ReutersJuan Imhoff's try and 14 points from Nicolas Sanchez lifted Argentina to a scrappy 19-14 win over Italy at a soggy Stadio Olimpico.
SHANE DE BARRA - © Fairfax NZ NewsAll Blacks. They're pesky old things around Ireland's green pastures. Two simple words, a whole world of pain.
MARC HINTON IN DUBLIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsSomehow Kiwi coach Joe Schmidt has to convince his Irish team they can beat the All Blacks
DUNCAN JOHNSTONE - © Fairfax NZ NewsEngland are sparing no expense in their bid to win the next Rugby World Cup at home, with the squad being offered a $10 million glory bonus.
JIM MORTON - AAPIn the wake of multiple alcohol-based suspensions, Ben Mowen supports Ewen McKenzie's tough stance.
TOBY DAVIS - ReutersEngland lock Geoff Parling is a doubt for the Six Nations after being ruled out for three months following shoulder surgery, his club Leicester said.
PADRAIG HALPIN - ReutersJohnny Sexton, Brian O'Driscoll and Rob Kearney were passed fit to start in Ireland's final international of 2013.
European rugby could be on course for civil war after the Scottish, Welsh, Irish, French and Italian joined forces against England.
REX GOWAR - ReutersPlayer release has forced Argentina into five changes for their closing tour match against Italy from the team beaten 40-6 by Wales.
MARC HINTON IN DUBLIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThere's a glint of optimism in Brian O'Driscoll Irish eyes as he faces up the the All Blacks.
Scotland head coach Scott Johnson has delayed naming his starting 15 to face Australia as injuries disrupt an already rejigged line-up.
PATRICK JOHNSTON - ReutersAustralia coach Ewen McKenzie was forced to name an experimental backline for their test against Scotland after injury further hampered a squad already depleted by disciplinary breaches.
JULIEN PRETOT - ReutersPhilippe Saint-Andre resisted making changes to the side which lost to New Zealand when he named his team to face South Africa in their final test of the year.
JIM MORTON - AAPThe Wallabies remain tight-knit and won't fray at the seems over 15 being named and shamed for a late night in Dublin.
RICHARD KNOWLER - © Fairfax NZ NewsJason Holland can offer few words of comfort to new Ireland coach Joe Schmidt.
MARC HINTON IN DUBLIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsIt hasn't been the best of years for Ireland rugby great Brian O'Driscoll, but that won't hinder his efforts.
IAN SNOOK - © Fairfax NZ NewsOPINION: Don't expect any surprises in Dublin when the All Blacks try to complete a perfect season against Ireland this weekend.
Morne Steyn and Ruan Pienaar were rotated back into the Springboks side to play France, among six changes following the 28-0 pummelling of Scotland.
Flanker Kelly Brown returns to lead Scotland against Australia at Murrayfield, but the backline won't be finalised until winger Tommy Seymour passes a fitness test.
JIM MORTON - AAPThe Wallabies have sent home an injured Matt Toomua from their European tour in another major blow to the strife-torn backline.