All Blacks captain Kieran Read had a simple message on Friday for the newcomers to his side ahead of the third test against Wales - don't expect it to be easy.
But they had no idea he would be trying to play rugby sevens at the Rio Olympics.
When Junior Paulo donned the headgear before running out for the Oatley third-grade rugby side, it wasn't because the Parramatta prop was trying to conceal his identity.
Quade Cooper has compared his quest to represent Australia in rugby sevens at the Rio Olympics with his and Sonny Bill Williams' forays into boxing.
A salivating match-up between Quade Cooper and Sonny Bill Williams appears to be on the cards during the first evening of Sydney Sevens action this weekend at Allianz Stadium.
The All Blacks have links with charities including UNICEF and Sonny Bill Williams told them he wanted to go to Lebanon as soon as he could.
Wallabies stars set to dominate Australian Rugby Sevens team for Olympics in Rio so Jesse Parahi switches to Wests Tigers.
In an odd way, Henry Speight's five-week suspension came at the perfect time for the ACT Brumbies winger, allowing him to return home for his grandfather Jope Seniloli's funeral.
Henry Speight could miss the Super Rugby finals in his pursuit of Olympic gold.
World Cup winning winger Joe Roff says Henry Speight has the "X-factor" to be a match winner on the world's biggest stage.
The Honey Badger's translator one minute, a chance to book a ticket to the World Cup the next. And Larkham says a Brumby is one of the most damaging players in the world.
ACT Brumbies prop Scott Sio wants to begin a "tradition of Sios" playing at World Cups, but he's still unsure whether he's done enough to make the Wallabies 23 to take on South Africa in Brisbane on Saturday.
Twelve months ago giant lock Rory Arnold arrived in Canberra with a busted shoulder and hopes of earning himself an ACT Brumbies contract through the National Rugby Championship.
Fiji triumphed in their one-off Test against Italy in Suva as former NSW Waratahs winger Nemani Nadolo scored 15 points in a 25-14 victory.
Halfback Nic White insists he's ready as the ACT Brumbies brace for a disrupted preparation.
Chris Robshaw is eager to retain the England captaincy for next month's international series, describing the honour of leading his country during the last two seasons as "very special".
British Prime Minister David Cameron has told rugby prankster Manu Tuilagi there is no need to apologise for giving the Prime Minister "bunny ears" during a photo shoot at Downing Street.
The Wallabies have a new captain with Ben Mowen to lead the team into action against Argentina on Saturday night after Will Genia was dumped from the starting XV on Wednesday.
Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones says Matt Toomua and Jesse Mogg deserved another chance to ''find their feet''.
A Brumbies-dominated Wallabies side could help end our Bledisloe Cup misery, two ACT legends believe.