Hooker Tom Youngs out for three months with a shoulder injury, testing England's forwards depth.
Has New Zealand ever been blessed with so many talented first-fives at one time, asks James Lawler.
Aaron Cruden's ill-advised night out drinking and a lack of depth at second-five have forced two changes to the inside backs.
Provided he makes it through training unscathed, Sam Whitelock seems set to return for the All Blacks this week.
The Stags begin the process of resurrecting their season today after big losses to Tasman and Manawatu.
Taranaki lock James Broadhurst will bring up 50 games for the province against Auckland on Friday night.
Highlanders pre-season match
The Crusaders are coming back to Timaru for their first pre-season game of the 2015 Super Rugby season.
Multiple changes mean Canterbury's team is near unrecognisable from the one that met Counties.
England hooker Tom Youngs has been ruled out of the Autumn internationals because of a shoulder injury, Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said.
Israel Folau expects a more open game than in previous encounter when the Wallabies take on South Africa.
Halfback highlights enormity of Wallabies' task at Newlands, warning home side will be at physical and mental peak.
Aaron Cruden's late night antics create "great opportunity" for Beauden Barrett - and he knows it.
Bone crunching Springboks flanker Willem Alberts out of Rugby Championship injured, opening spot for veteran backrower.
World media don't hold back on Aaron Cruden's drinking antics, taking chance to put boot into All Blacks.
Two senior members of the All Blacks leadership group reflect on Aaron Cruden's drinking escapade.
Canterbury have been forced to shed playmaker Tom Taylor ahead of tomorrow's match against North Harbour.
OPINION: Opening the door to a man of Beauden Barrett's talent is just plain stupidity, writes Liam Napier.
OPINION: All Blacks coach seized the moment to send a distinctly blunt message to his squad, writes Liam Napier.
ANDREW MEHRTENS - StuffOPINION: There's a lot for young All Black to get his head around as he moves to No 10, writes Andrew Mehrtens.
Falling attendances in the NPC are a worry for New Zealand Rugby boss Steve Tew.
All Blacks first five-eighth has expressed his ''embarrassment'' and ''shame'' after missing the All Blacks flight to Argentina.
Tom Taylor's departure to the All Blacks has opened the door for Richie Mo'unga to start at No 10 for Canterbury.
Canterbury first five gets another shot with the ABs after Aaron Cruden was left out of the team after alcohol incident.
Aaron Cruden keeps quiet after big night out causes him to miss tour and disappoint his coach in the process. | Hansen ruthless
All Blacks star may have been kicked off the Argentina trip, but he's unlikely to re-join the Turbos, coach says.
Wallabies head for South Africa ahead of Sunday's clash with the Boks knowing history is not on their side.
Aaron Cruden's exclusion from the All Blacks has once again brought up concerns around the drinking culture of our boys in black.
OPINION: All Blacks coach shows he's not afraid to make tough calls despite having records and titles on the line.
Piri Weepu's England rugby stint not getting any better as side collapses to concede 30 points in 15 minutes.
NZ rugby product Uini Atonio has gained a place in France's rugby squad for the November internationals.
Any thoughts of playoffs appearance can probably be kissed goodbye after suffering yet another record-breaking defeat.
Thames Valley suffer first loss of Heartland Championship season, going down to North Otago 19-15 in Paeroa.
Hawke's Bay bury memories of last year's Shield reign but Craig Philpott is warning his players against getting too comfortable.
Chris Boyd's all but conceded defeat. The Wellington coach felt yesterday was the team's day.
As good as Taranaki's NPC campaign has been, it's important to stay grounded as competition heads towards its last month.
Kurt Baker to have shoulder injury further assessed but unlikely to be fit to face Auckland on Friday night.
Treeby (concussion), Reddish (ankle) and Brunsdon (shoulder) likely out of do-or-die clash with Counties Manukau on Saturday.
OPINION: Team inch closer to worst defensive showing in 10 seasons and also prospect of missing 2014 NPC playoffs.
Hooker gets endorsement of ABs skipper Richie McCaw ahead of biggest moment in his young rugby career.
Former ABs can't prevent South Canty keeping pace with Buller, who continue to break records in the Heartland Championship.
Stags replacement prop Morgan Mitchell heard a call playing against Manawatu in Palmerston North on Saturday.
Tasman comfortably prevail 42-20 in capital as things go from bad to worse for a still winless Wellington outfit.
First-five Hayden Parker contributes 23 points as home side prevail 38-7, their biggest ever win over Waikato.
MARC HINTON - Sunday Star TimesThe All Blacks' ambitions remain sky-high as they look to keep alive an unbeaten run going back to November 2012.
JEFF WILSON - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: A year out from the World Cup, these remarkably resilient All Blacks are tracking almost perfectly for their tilt at history.
PHIL GIFFORD - Sunday Star TimesOPINION: There are too many old guys in the All Blacks? Sure. All those geriatrics like Dagg, Fekitoa, Savea, Crotty and Barrett.
TAINE RANDELL - Sunday NewsOPINION: The All Blacks' run since their breakthrough success on home soil has been nothing short of extraordinary, writes Taine Randell.
Counties Manukau coach Tana Umaga has ruled out Sonny Bill Williams playing for the Steelers this year.
Seven away tests in nine weeks; over 58,000 kilometres to travel. Now the hard yards begin for Steve Hansen's All Blacks.
Turbos regain the lead in the Championship division of the NPC with a 41-20 win over Southland.
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