The publication of plans to develop a competition to rival the National Rugby Championship has exposed even deeper divides within rugby's grassroots.
The Wallabies are daring to dream of creating one of the biggest boilovers in their history in a match All Blacks captain Kieran Read admits won't be like normal given what is at stake.
Enrique Rodriguez's body-slamming tackle on a charging Hika Reid seems like yesterday so memorable was that collision. The tackle led to the famous Wallabies victory against the All Blacks at Eden Park in 1986.
Michael Cheika has recalled Bernard Foley to the coveted Wallabies No.10 spot at the expense of Quade Cooper who will drop to the bench for this weekend's final Bledisloe Cup match at Eden Park.
Disgruntled Sydney and Brisbane Premier rugby clubs are planning a new eight-team interstate championship to run in direct competition with the National Rugby Championship.
The Wallabies have decided to keep the All Blacks guessing by delaying the naming of their team for Saturday's final Bledisloe Cup match at Eden Park and are considering a radical backline shake-up that would see Reece Hodge move to inside centre, Bernard Foley to No.10 and Quade Cooper dropped to the bench.
Australian Rugby Union chief executive Bill Pulver is happy for people to call him crazy but believes the Wallabies can break a 30-year drought at Eden Park despite going in as the highest-priced outsiders in Bledisloe history.
Sean McMahon believes he stepped up to the mark as Australia's starting No.8 three weeks ago against South Africa and says he has the spring tour at the forefront of his mind.
Wallabies great Simon Poidevin has instructed Australian Rugby Union chief executive Bill Pulver to take a letter sent by he and a number of former players seriously or run the risk of a standoff that will "end in tears".
Wallabies star David Pocock is set to be unleashed on the All Blacks after passing a fitness test and says he cannot wait for the chance to break a 30-year drought against New Zealand at Eden Park.
Wallabies veteran Matt Giteau has denied a report suggesting he will retire from rugby at the end of the season.
The Wallaroos have real challenges confronting them in the lead up to next year's women's World Cup, so an Eden Park 'hoodoo' is of little concern.
The fans want it, so do the pundits, and probably the player himself. Will Australian coach Michael Cheika ever give Israel Folau a taste of life in the Wallabies mid field?
Defiant Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has declared "bring it on," as his side looks to break a 15-year, 19-Test winless streak against the All Blacks in New Zealand.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and former Munster coach Alan Gaffney have led the antipodean tributes to Anthony Foley, who died in Paris at the weekend.
Kiwis have won 35 on trot at Eden Park but fear Australian habit of foiling winning streaks
As a footy-mad girl on the NSW south coast, Wallaroos captain Ash Hewson could only dream of the opportunities young girls now have to play rugby.
Fiji's inclusion in the National Rugby Championship is the most meaningful gesture any tier one rugby nation has made to the Pacific Island nations. Here is the story behind Friday's historic announcement
The Wallabies will face the All Blacks next week without Will Genia but could be boosted by the surprise return of David Pocock and Sean McMahon.
Fiji will play in Australia's National Rugby Championship next year in a historic development for the talent-rich Pacific Island nation.