Fiji confirmed lock Leone Nakarawa in their World Cup squad on Saturday, a day after he was cleared to enter New Zealand when he resigned his army commission.
Australia international James O'Connor has been asked to explain his absence from the Wallabies' World Cup squad announcement on Thursday.
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French wing Yoann Huget, who was axed from the country's World Cup squad after falling foul of doping regulations, was handed a three-month ban on Friday by the federation's anti-doping body.
All Black legend Sean Fitzpatrick said on Friday that the result of Saturday's Test between the Springboks and the All Blacks in Port Elizabeth is of paramount importance if the South Africans wish to head to the World Cup New Zealand in the right frame of mind.
Clermont's Georgian international prop Davit Zirakashvili is racing to be fit for the World Cup after suffering a right knee sprain training with the French Top 14 team.
South Africa's final Tri-Nations game against an under-strength New Zealand is "almost do-or-die" for the struggling world champion Springboks, says scrumhalf Fourie du Preez.
South Africa have no room to celebrate a final home Test for two of their greatest players, as the Springboks aim to seize their last chance to put right a faltering World Cup run-in with victory over New Zealand in the Tri-Nations.
Springbok wing Odwa Ndungane scored a brace of second-half tries as the Sharks overcame a wretched first-half display on their way to a stuttering 23-3 Currie Cup victory over the Leopards in Durban on Friday.
Western Province ended the Lions' unbeaten run when they edged them 28-26 in a pulsating Currie Cup fixture at Newlands on Friday.
The Serevi Elite Academy Series of rugby training camps is underway in Seattle with some of the top coaches from the game of rugby as well as some special guest, including Pete Carroll. The head football coach of the Seattle Seahawks was on hand at the academy.
The Blue Bulls put their Currie Cup campaign firmly back on track with an emphatic 44-20 win over a hapless Griquas team in Pretoria on Friday.
The International Rugby Board (IRB) has announced the expansion of the HSBC Sevens World Series, with Japan joining as the ninth venue for the upcoming 2011/2012 Series.
New Zealand won't get carried away with predictions of Tri-Nations and World Cup success and will take care of "what's in front of us", stand-in skipper Keven Mealamu said on Friday.
Shane Jennings has been drafted into the Ireland team for their clash with France after David Wallace was ruled out with a hamstring strain.