Effective with the opening of the 2011-2012 Membership Season, the USA Rugby Board of Directors named four Geographical Unions (GUs) as part of a pilot program to review a new streamlined union structure. GUs are designed to support anticipated growth in the game and to provide increased member services at the local level.
Wales have lost a second captain in a week, with No.8 Ryan Jones ruled out of Saturday's World Cup warm-up against Argentina - after failing to recover from a calf problem.
While local schools rugby followers have to wait till Saturday to see who represents the Western Province/Boland area against Oakdale in the large school section of the Burger competition, the local small and medium school finalists were decided at the Malmesbury Rugby Club grounds on Wednesday.
South African customs authorities on Thursday confiscated unofficial rugby jerseys worth ZAR43 million (US million, 4 million) ahead of the 2011 World Cup which starts next month, an official said.
Most would consider the thought of derailing the juggernaut that is Grey College a tall order. For Paul Roos captain, Andreas Dercksen, it's a chance to end his season on high when the two rugby powerhouses meet in their FNB Classic Clash this Saturday.
Former Springbok wing Stefan Terblanche believes uncertainty in key selection areas is hampering the Springboks as they continue their stuttered build-up towards the defence of their World Cup title.
There will be a lot resting on Neethling Fouché's broad shoulders when he leads his Grey College team out against Paul Roos in their FNB Classic Clash in Stellenbosch on Saturday.
A host of fringe players have been named in the starting XV for Saturday's Tri Nations clash with South Africa.
The Fiji Rugby Union has asked New Zealand to ease a travel ban on members of the Pacific nation's military regime so it could include a soldier in its World Cup squad.
Italy coach Nick Mallett has made 11 changes to his starting line-up for Saturday's World Cup warm-up match against Scotland at Murrayfield.
South Africa loose forward Juan Smith has ruled himself out of the World Cup because of an Achilles problem.
The IRB has announced the expansion of the Sevens World Series, with Japan joining as the ninth venue for the upcoming 2011/2012 series.
Italy coach Nick Mallett has made 11 changes to the team that beat Japan 31-24 last week for Saturday's World Cup warm-up match against Scotland at Murrayfield.
A near flawless kicking display from Wellington flyhalf Lima Sopoaga secured a hard-fought 30-25 victory over Southland and lifted his side off the bottom of the National Provincial Championship table.
The unbeaten Lions travel to Cape Town on Friday to tackle Western Province, but adverse weather conditions could dampen their Currie Cup winning streak.