Fiji international Campese Ma'afu and fellow prop David Feao have joined Premiership side Leicester Tigers after Ellis Genge was ruled out with a long-term injury.

Michael Hooper is hopeful of being declared fit to face New Zealand in the first match of the Bledisloe Cup as Australia's captain continues his recovery from a torn hamstring.

Rassie Erasmus feels he has a nice blend of experience and youth in South Africa's Rugby Championship squad.

Jacques van Rooyen has left Super Rugby runners-up the Lions to join Premiership side Bath.

Ulster have added Australia international Henry Speight to their squad ahead of their Pro14 campaign.

Michael Cheika has recalled Tatafu Polota-Nau and brought in six rookies in a 36-man training squad ahead of Australia's Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship opener against New Zealand.

Breakdancing Crusaders coach Scott Robertson felt their Super Rugby title win was particularly sweet because of the quality of the final in Christchurch.

Proud Lions captain Warren Whiteley acknowledged the Crusaders were deserving Super Rugby champions as they battled to a second straight final win.

The Crusaders successfully defended their Super Rugby title as a 37-18 home victory handed the Lions more final pain at AMI Stadium.

Emiliano Boffelli and Marcos Kremer are among a group of four Argentina players to commit their long-term future to Jaguares. 

Former British and Irish Lions captain Paul O'Connell will take his first steps in senior coaching in Top 14 with Stade Francais.

Harlequins have signed United States centre and former NFL fullback Paul Lasike from Utah Warriors.

Schalk Brits has confirmed that he has deferred his retirement for a year in a bid to make South Africa's World Cup squad.

The Lions will require a significant defensive improvement if they are to overcome the Crusaders in the Super Rugby final, according to Bryan Habana.

The Bulls revealed they have received no formal offers for head coach John Mitchell amid reported interest from England.

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