Australia international Kurtley Beale will remain with the Waratahs after the Rugby World Cup having signed a one-year contract extension with the Super Rugby side.

The versatile back, who has played in 83 Tests for the Wallabies, will return for an 11th season with the Waratahs in 2020.

While international team-mates such as Bernard Foley and David Pocock will head overseas after the World Cup in Japan later this year, Beale has elected to remain in Australia to play his club rugby.

The 30-year-old needs just 10 more appearances to break the Waratahs' record for the most Super Rugby appearances.

"I've spent the vast majority of my career here in New South Wales representing the Waratahs, it's been an honour and something I'll always be thankful for," Beale told the Waratahs' official website.

"To represent your home state in a competition like Super Rugby, having made wonderful memories and friends is really special – I'm looking forward to building on that in 2020."

Jordie Barrett has renewed his contract with New Zealand Rugby, agreeing to stay with the Hurricanes despite brother Beauden's departure.

Barrett has committed to the All Blacks until 2022 and will remain with the Hurricanes, for whom he debuted in Super Rugby in 2017.

The 22-year-old has earned 10 caps for New Zealand, playing alongside siblings Beauden and Scott.

He will not count two-time World Rugby Player of the Year Beauden as a club colleague in 2020, though, with the superstar first five-eighth set for a break after the Rugby World Cup before joining the Blues.

While Jordie will remain with the Hurricanes for the time being, his new deal contains the option to switch Super Rugby clubs after next year, according to Monday's All-Blacks statement.

Jordie Barrett said: "There is a really good mix of youth as well as experienced leaders in the Hurricanes squad and I feel like this is the best place to develop my game.

"Staying in New Zealand rugby is really important to me. I'm enjoying playing alongside my mates and I've got further aspirations and goals I want to reach while I'm playing in New Zealand."

Soon-to-depart All Blacks coach Steve Hansen added: "Congratulations to Jordie on his decision to re-sign with New Zealand Rugby.

"He's an outstanding, talented young player who has soaked up everything he can in the All Blacks environment and grabbed every opportunity with both hands.

"He has a big future in the game and we look forward to seeing his career grow over the next few years."

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen believes there is a "good possibility" Brodie Retallick will be fit for the Rugby World Cup despite the lock dislocating his shoulder on Saturday.

Retallick came off in the second half of New Zealand's 16-16 draw against South Africa in the Rugby Championship.

It sparked fears Retallick could miss the World Cup, which begins in Japan in September, but Hansen was more optimistic on Sunday.

"He's only dislocated it, which means that there's a good possibility he could make the World Cup," a relieved Hansen told a news conference.

"No timeline yet to when he's going to return to play, but hopefully he'll be available to go to the World Cup."

The All Blacks are in Pool B for the World Cup, alongside the Springboks, Italy, Namibia and Canada.

Rassie Erasmus admitted South Africa were fortunate to escape with a draw from their Rugby Championship clash with New Zealand after a dramatic finish in Wellington.

The Springboks led 6-0 in the first half but faded after a promising start to trail 16-9 in the closing minutes of the contest.

However, having secured a sensational 36-34 victory over the All Blacks at the same venue in September last year, South Africa once again stunned the reigning world champions.

Herschel Jantjies managed to get his hands - and also his head - to Cheslin Kolbe's kick before seizing on the loose ball to score a last-gasp try, Handre Pollard restoring parity by adding the extras from the tee with the final act of the game.

"To play the number one team in the world and be lucky at the end there, it was almost like last year," director of rugby Erasmus said.

"Right at the end we could have lost it and we managed to draw the game. Handre could have missed that last kick, so we could have lost that game.

"To come away with a draw, I guess we're satisfied with that. The first 35 minutes we played very well while they totally dominated the second half. So fairly lucky, in a big way."

South Africa failed to make the most of their early dominance, allowing their opponents to take a 7-6 half-time lead thanks to converted try from Jack Goodhue that stemmed from a turnover near the halfway line.

While disappointed at the lack of points they managed to score during their period of control, Erasmus was pleased with his side's performance before the break. 

"I was frustrated in a sense that we dominated a lot of things except line-outs," he said. 

"All the other facets we dominated. Especially when they were almost under caution from the referee for repeated infringing and we missed the penalty when we could have gone nine points up, then they scored that turnover try and that swung the momentum.

"[We were] lucky to escape, but the first 40 minutes we played really good tactical rugby."

Australia scrum-half Will Genia lauded Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium as the "most special" ground after playing his final Test there in Saturday's 16-10 Rugby Championship win over Argentina.

Queenslander Genia, 31, is set to retire from the international stage after the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, meaning he was playing his last Test in front of his home crowd.

Making his 102nd appearance for the Wallabies, Genia dominated during his 60 minutes on the pitch and was named Man of the Match.

He enjoyed some of the most memorable moments of his career in the stadium, for Australia and the Reds, and acknowledged its special status.

He said: "It's the most special place for me to play, because of the people, because of the support and because of the many special memories I've had here over the years with the Wallabies and the Reds."

Saturday's clash was by no means a classic, but it allowed the Wallabies to bounce back from the 35-17 defeat to South Africa and ease the pressure on coach Michael Cheika.

"Off the back of bouncing back, in terms of getting a win, but also playing a little better, we're one more week into the way we want to play and developing our system and hopefully we can continue to build that momentum against New Zealand," he added.

"We defended for 90 per cent of that game. That's an attitude thing and it shows the boys' attitude was in the right place."

Argentina captain Pablo Matera was frustrated by his side's performance, ruing their inability to make the most of their opportunities.

He said: "We knew they'd have a good scrum, they were better than us, they had more penalties and plays than us. It's something we have to improve.

"It was a really tough game. I think we lost too many balls in the contact. We had too many chances to get points and didn't do it [take advantage]."

Brodie Retallick suffered a dislocated shoulder during New Zealand's Rugby Championship draw with South Africa, Steve Hansen has confirmed.

The second-rower was hurt during a ruck midway through the second half of the game in Wellington on Saturday and left the field in obvious discomfort with an injury to his left arm.

The All Blacks were leading at the time of his departure but a last-gasp Herschel Jantjies try, converted by Handre Pollard, saw the Springboks rally to draw level at 16-16 by the end of the game.

All Blacks boss Hansen confirmed the severity of the injury in his post-match press conference, leaving Retallick facing a fight to recover in time for the Rugby World Cup later this year.

"He's dislocated his shoulder," Hansen said. "Whether he's fractured it as well, we don't know. We just have to sit and wait."

The 28-year-old Retallick is widely considered one of the best players at his position and was part of New Zealand's successful squad at the 2015 World Cup.

This year's tournament begins on September 20, with the reigning champions opening their Pool B campaign against the Springboks the following day.

Hansen will wait for a further update on Retallick but was pleased with the performance from his much-changed team, insisting there was no need to panic despite surrendering the lead so late on in proceedings.

"We've chosen over the last couple of weeks to name two different sides. We haven't had much preparation time," Hansen said.

"We knew due to some of the stuff we were introducing we would be a little off. But there were enough signs there to suggest if we keep working away and get our timing better and get our execution better we will be able to hurt some teams.

"We're not going to panic. We're going to take a deep breath and keep moving."

Christian Lealiifano marked his emotional Australia comeback with an impressive display as the Wallabies claimed a much-needed 16-10 victory over Argentina in the Rugby Championship to ease the pressure on head coach Michael Cheika.

Lealiifano started at fly-half on Saturday at Suncorp Stadium, returning to the international fold almost three years after he was diagnosed with leukaemia.

The Brumbies star linked up well with veteran scrum-half Will Genia and contributed 11 points with his right boot, adding to a sole try from Reece Hodge, as Australia bounced back from their 35-17 loss to South Africa by inflicting a seventh straight defeat on the Pumas.

Cheika's men did not need to be at their best to overcome a below-par Argentina side that struggled to retain possession, but the Wallabies can nevertheless take heart from a morale-boosting victory ahead of their daunting clash against New Zealand on August 10.

The first points of a frantic first half that featured plenty of handling errors came courtesy of a penalty from Lealiifano.

Nicolas Sanchez responded with three points of his own before Argentina spurned an excellent chance to move ahead. A flowing break down the left got the Pumas to five metres out with plenty of numbers over, but an inaccurate pass led to Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro knocking on.

That error was soon punished as Australia moved ahead courtesy of a slick set-piece play. Tevita Kuridrani and the impressive Samu Kerevi served as decoy runners from a scrum, and Marika Koroibete surged into a gap before working the ball through Kurtley Beale for Hodge to score.

What a try! Beautiful work from Hodge. Australia lead going into half time.

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— Qantas Wallabies (@qantaswallabies) July 27, 2019

Lealiifano converted from the right touchline and added two more penalties early in the second half before making way for Matt Toomua, extending the lead of the increasingly assured hosts to 16-3.

That advantage initially came under little threat as Argentina, hampered by the absence of talismanic hooker Agustin Creevy, failed to muster any real momentum in attack.

Facundo Isa eventually burrowed over from a lineout drive for a 74th-minute try converted by Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, but Australia – who introduced James O'Connor off the bench late on for his first appearance since September 2013 – were deserving winners.

South Africa denied New Zealand victory in Wellington for a second successive year as Herschel Jantjies' last-gasp try meant a see-saw Rugby Championship clash finished 16-16 on Saturday.

The All Blacks appeared on course to avenge a 36-34 loss to the same opponents at Westpac Stadium last September after they overcame a sloppy first-half performance to seize control.

Jack Goodhue crossed for a 37th-minute try that was converted by Beauden Barrett, who also added a second-half penalty to go alongside six points from the boot of Richie Mo'unga.

However, the home side's hopes of revenge were dashed at the death, Jantjies beating Aaron Smith to Cheslin Kolbe's high kick for a score that was eventually awarded after checking video footage for a knock-on.

A calm and collected Handre Pollard knocked over the resulting conversion with the final kick, leaving honours even and South Africa on top of the table in this year's shortened edition of the competition.

Duane Vermeulen described the opportunity to captain South Africa for the first time as an "unbelievable honour" and promised to lead by example.

Experienced number eight Vermeulen has been named skipper for the Springboks' mammoth Rugby Championship clash with New Zealand in Wellington on Saturday.

And while acknowledging he may not take the most vocal approach to captaincy, Vermeulen is confident he can fulfil the role well with the help of other senior men.

"Only a few players have had the honour of captaining the Springboks in the history of our game, so it is an unbelievable honour for me," Vermeulen told a news conference.

"There's a bit of emotion, but it's controlled emotion.

"The people who know me will tell you that I just love to play and that I am not one for big speeches. I think I lead by example and, from that point of view, it's the way I like to play the game.

"My role in the team still stays the same and we have a big leadership group, which is good for the team. On match days, there's a couple of us who talk on the field."

South Africa defeated the All Blacks at Westpac Stadium last year and Vermeulen added: "I think it will be a massive game with both sides ready to have a good go at each other."

Australia captain Michael Hooper is excited to see "outstanding" talent James O'Connor back in a Wallabies shirt as they take on Argentina on Saturday.

O'Connor has not played for his country since facing the Pumas in 2013, but he has been named among the replacements for this weekend's Rugby Championship clash in Brisbane.

The 44-cap international has already impressed Hooper in training, increasing anticipation of his return.

"His ability is outstanding," Hooper told a news conference of O'Connor. "I haven't seen him for quite a few years - obviously I've seen him play - but he's still got remarkable ability skill-wise, speed-wise.

"He's been able to show that in training, so it's really exciting for him to get an opportunity out on the field.

"James has been building himself within the group, taking things in, seeing where he can inject, things like that. He's been a really enjoyable player to have in the squad."

Christian Lealiifano will start, meanwhile, having returned to form with the Brumbies after a battle with leukaemia.

Hooper says it is Lealiifano's leadership that has impressed in Super Rugby, potentially giving Australia a boost in that department.

"Christian this year, from watching from afar and playing against him, has a really great leadership quality," the Wallabies skipper said.

"The way he drove the Brumbies around all year and the way they built momentum, they went close to a place that's really hard to win at.

"As a reward of really good performance and leadership, he gets his opportunity here, where he hasn't been in a couple of years. It's fantastic for him and his family."

Brad Shields has left England's training camp in Italy after sustaining a foot injury, with Alex Dombrandt called up as his replacement.

The 28-year-old back row has damaged ligaments in his foot and has been sent home for further tests.

Harlequins' Dombrandt, who has enjoyed a standout first season as a professional and was named in a preliminary training squad last month, will fly out to join the rest of the group on Thursday.

Eddie Jones' men are spending 12 days in Treviso as part of their preparations for the World Cup, which gets underway in Japan in September.

England, who face Wales, Ireland and Italy in internationals before the start of the tournament, begin their campaign against Tonga in Sapporo on September 22.

Christian Lealiifano and James O'Connor will make their Test returns after being named in a much-changed Wallabies squad to face Argentina.

Lealiifano, 31, is set for his first Australia appearance since June 2016, having returned to form with the Brumbies after a battle with leukaemia.

While Lealiifano was named to start at fly-half for the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship clash in Brisbane on Saturday, O'Connor is among the reserves.

O'Connor has played 44 Tests for the Wallabies, but the last of those was in September 2013, also against Argentina.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika made five changes to the starting team that lost to South Africa 35-17 and another five to his reserves.

Scott Sio is back from a hamstring injury for Australia, who have won 16 of their past 18 games against Argentina.

The Wallabies have also been hard to stop at Suncorp Stadium, where they have won their past five games, including four by a single-digit margin.

Australia: Kurtley Beale, Reece Hodge, Tevita Kuridrani, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Christian Lealiifano, Will Genia; Scott Sio, Folau Fainga'a, Sekope Kepu, Izack Rodda, Rory Arnold, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Michael Hooper, Isi Naisarani.
Replacements: Tolu Latu, James Slipper, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Luke Jones, Nic White, Matt To'omua, James O'Connor.

Beauden Barrett will surprisingly start at full-back for the All Blacks in their Rugby Championship clash against South Africa in Wellington on Saturday.

New Zealand edged Argentina 20-16 in their opener at the tournament, which has been shortened this year due to the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has opted for changes ahead of facing the Springboks, including shifting Barrett – who will play his 75th Test – from fly-half to full-back to make room for Richie Mo'unga.

Joe Moody, Codie Taylor and Owen Franks – who have 184 Test caps between them – are the starting front row, while captain Kieran Read and Sonny Bill Williams return.

"The selectors are once again very excited with the team we've selected and are very much looking forward to seeing them play," Hansen said on Thursday.

"The key for us this week has been to continue building on the very good groundwork we've put in over the last couple of weeks. Whilst we were a little rusty last week, we're looking forward to seeing improvements in all areas of our game this week.

"It's always an exciting occasion when we play the Springboks. We have a lot of respect for them and love playing them, as they bring many challenges to the contest. One of those challenge this week will be to not only match the physicality of the Boks, but to impose our own physicality on the game, and execute our game and our skillsets at a higher level."

The All Blacks have won 12 of their past 14 Tests against the Springboks, with New Zealand having held the Freedom Cup – contested by the two teams – since 2010.

New Zealand: Beauden Barrett, Ben Smith, Jack Goodhue, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane, Richie Mo'unga, TJ Perenara; Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Samuel Whitelock, Shannon Frizell, Matt Todd, Kieran Read.
Replacements: Dane Coles, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Angus Ta'avao, Vaea Fifita, Dalton Papalii, Aaron Smith, Anton Lienert-Brown, George Bridge.

Duane Vermeulen will captain South Africa against New Zealand in Saturday's Rugby Championship clash after Rassie Erasmus made 12 changes to his Springboks side.

South Africa defeated Australia 35-17 in Johannesburg last weekend, but Erasmus had already sent a separate group of players to New Zealand to prepare for the All Blacks.

They are joined by Eben Etzebeth, who was skipper last time out, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Makazole Mapimpi in the XV in Wellington.

Number eight Vermeulen leads the side, joining Du Toit and the inexperienced Kwagga Smith in the back row.

Willie le Roux is in at full-back and Cheslin Kolbe is included on the right wing. Damian de Allende, Lukhanyo Am, Handre Pollard and Faf de Klerk are also involved.

Franco Mostert will partner Etzebeth in the second row, while Herschel Jantjies, having debuted last weekend against the Wallabies, has done enough to earn a place on the bench.

Erasmus explained: "We have the utmost respect for the All Blacks who are the undisputed number one rugby team in the world.

"We know we will have to be at our very best to be competitive against the All Blacks on Saturday and that is why we have sent a group of players in advance to Wellington, so they could acclimatise after the long trip over from South Africa.

"The New Zealanders are a very experienced and settled side while we have some catching up to do in terms of where the two sides are at the moment."

 

South Africa XV to face New Zealand: Willie le Roux, Cheslin Kolbe, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Makazole Mapimpi, Handre Pollard, Faf de Klerk; Steven Kitshoff, Malcolm Marx, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Franco Mostert, Kwagga Smith, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Duane Vermeulen.

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, RG Snyman, Francois Louw, Herschel Jantjies, Frans Steyn, Jesse Kriel.

James O'Connor has put his party-boy lifestyle behind him as he seeks to reignite his Australia career.

O'Connor is in contention for his first Wallabies cap in six years when Argentina visit Brisbane in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.

The 29-year-old utility back last featured against the same opponents in 2013, before his contract was ripped up amid reports of being intoxicated and abusive towards staff at Perth Airport.

That added to a lengthy rap sheet and stalled O'Connor on 44 Test caps but his form for Sale Sharks paved the way for a return to his homeland with the Queensland Reds last week, making him available for Australia once more.

"Tuesday nights, James was always out and about doing stuff because Wednesday we have off," scrum-half Will Genia told reporters when discussing O'Connor's new mature approach.

"Tuesday night in the last three or four weeks that we've had, he's in his room stretching, doing what it takes in terms of recovery.

"He understands that this is a huge opportunity for him."

Genia believes the example of Nic White, who started the opening Rugby Championship defeat to South Africa having spent the past two years with Exeter Chiefs, shows O'Connor's reintroduction can be a success.

"You saw Whitey come back and play very well. Hopefully it can be a similar story with James because I think he was on 44 Tests and he was so young when he left," added Genia, who will retire from Wallabies duty after the World Cup.

"We all know how good he is and hopefully, the fact he's in a better space mentally, he can be an even better player this time around."

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