Defending champions Canterbury made a strong statement by brushing aside Northland in a 28-13 drubbing in Christchurch.
Wales star Gavin Henson will be sidelined for the start of the World Cup and is likely to miss the entire tournament after undergoing surgery on a dislocated bone in his right wrist.
Toby Flood has slammed England's inability to score tries in their 19-9 defeat against Wales as "embarrassing" and "shameful".
With the World Cup less than a month away, star Wallaby outside back James O'Connor highlighted his team's impressive defensive effort as the focal point of their Tri-Nations victory over the Springboks in Durban.
France's 19-12 victory over Ireland gives the two-time World Cup finalists hope of making further progress ahead of the kick-off of the World Cup, coach Marc Lievremont said on Sunday.
In a pre-season 'friendly' between the first teams of Hamiltons and SK Walmers at Hamiltons' ground in Seapoint on 5 March, matters got nasty.
Wales star Gavin Henson's World Cup dream is in ruins after undergoing surgery on a dislocated bone in his right wrist.
Jamie Roberts believes Wales' fearless defensive display against England has set a benchmark for their World Cup campaign.
Andrew Trimble admits the failure to contain France's early onslaught at the Stade Chaban-Delmas led to Ireland's downfall on Saturday.
Italy were given a major scare by Japan before they claimed a hard-fought 31-24 victory in their World Cup warm-up match in Cesena on Saturday.
Welsh coach Warren Gatland praised his side's backs-to-the-wall defence after their 19-9 win over England in the World Cup warm-up match in Cardiff on Saturday.
Australian coach Robbie Deans praised the resilience of his team after they overturned a 0-6 half-time deficit to defeat the most capped Springbok team of all time 14-9 in a Tri-Nations Test at Kings Park on Saturday.
Aggressive from the start, the final game of the Nations Cup 2011 had power teams England and Canada battle against each other at Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario. It was in the second half of the game England overpowered Canada to win 41-19.
Canada has made it two straight wins over the U.S.A. with a 27 to 7 win in Glendale, Colorado Saturday night.
The USA Eagles lost 27-7 against Canada in front of a sold out crowd at Infinity Park on Saturday. Despite plenty of possession and territory, it was through USA errors that allowed Canada to run in three tries during the match.