GEORGINA ROBINSON Waratahs coach Michael Cheika said workhorse second rower Kane Douglas "deserved" to wear a Wallabies jersey this year despite his upcoming move to Ireland.
Wallabies hooker Nathan Charles has re-signed with the Western Force for the next two Super Rugby seasons.
Tenders from Japan and Singapore will vie for a licence to enter the Super Rugby competition in 2016, governing body SANZAR has confirmed.
Queensland have questioned whether their Super Rugby nemesis, the Western Force, can cope with the pressure of playing their way into a breakthrough finals series.
PAUL CULLY When James O'Connor returns, as seems likely, to Australian rugby espousing the benefits of a European rugby experience, European holidays and a stint with the European champions in the south and France, players and agents thus far shooed away from sabbaticals will be punching in the ARU's digits to seek a fresh round of negotiations.
GEORGINA ROBINSON Michael Cheika has warned the Waratahs will have to make "the biggest sacrifices" of their season to win a game that could ensure them a home semi-final in Sydney.
GEORGINA ROBINSON There was no wound-licking or navel gazing from injured NSW captain Dave Dennis this week.
PHIL LUTTON Queensland Reds coach Richard Graham has endorsed James O'Connor as a quality footballer but refused to confirm reports the former Wallaby had already agreed to a two-year deal at Ballymore.
Adrian Warren Jono Lance, the only current Waratah to have played in a Super Rugby title-winning team, says there's similarities between NSW and the triumphant 2011 Queensland side he played in.
GEORGINA ROBINSON The Waratahs will make a run at the Super Rugby finals without their captain Dave Dennis after scans confirmed he would require surgery on an injured right knee.
GEORGINA ROBINSON Dual international Israel Folau has called for "level heads" at the Waratahs as they absorb the loss of their captain and look to continue a commanding march to the Super Rugby finals this week.
PAUL CULLY Dennis may not be a highlight reels man, but he gives the Waratahs such great balance.
The Highlanders have further loosened the Chiefs' hold on the Super Rugby title with a 29-25 win in a hard-fought contest that produced a nail-biting ending in Dunedin.
Darren Walton More advanced sideline concussion tests will be applied in Super Rugby following SANZAR's decision to follow the lead of the International Rugby Board.
RUPERT GUINNESS The Waratahs may be primed to host a home game in this year's Super Rugby finals series and in their best position to win the title, but in the eyes of coach Michael Cheika they have not achieved anything.
GEORGINA ROBINSON NSW coach Michael Cheika said on Friday a win against the Brumbies was more important than his wife and family. If that smacks of sporting melodrama, here are the facts.
GEORGINA ROBINSON Waratahs coach Michael Cheika says he will crack open his personal "piggy bank" if star playmaker Kurtley Beale can't resolve a contracting impasse with the Australian Rugby Union.
STATHI PAXINOS It was not that long ago that the Melbourne Rebels were not quite flying high, but they were in a satisfying place.
GEORGINA ROBINSON The Brumbies' injury woes continue to worsen but Waratahs defence coach Nathan Grey says it is "situation perfect" for last year's finalists to stage an ambush at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.
GEORGINA ROBINSON The Rebels have pulled off a big coup with the re-signing of former All Blacks centre Tamati Ellison.
PAUL CULLY The Super Rugby title window is ajar for the Waratahs, and they know it.
GEORGINA ROBINSON Test playmaker Kurtley Beale says he has no choice but to look at his options beyond rugby as contract negotiations drag on with the Australian Rugby Union.
RUPERT GUINNESS Israel Folau dismisses any concern about the Brumbies plotting to shut him and Kurtley Beale down in Saturday's Super Rugby fixture in Sydney, as they did when the two teams last met and the ACT side finished 28-23 winners.
Dom Shipperley has joined the long line of backs leaving the Queensland Reds at season's end, signing a two-year deal with Super Rugby rivals the Melbourne Rebels.
GEORGINA ROBINSON Ask Bernard Foley what is more special - his Test debut or being given the Wallabies No.10 jersey - and the compact playmaker is unsure of the answer.
GEORGINA ROBINSON Nick Phipps says he hopes Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie continues to follow form with selection in Australia's three-Test hit-out against France this month.
GEORGINA ROBINSON He is Super Rugby's top try scorer and just smashed a nine-year-old record at the Waratahs, but Israel Folau has named greater consistency as his goal in gold this year.
PAUL CULLY Add Israel Folau to this Waratahs pack and you have a mix that can go a very long way in Super Rugby, if injuries are kind.
Flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff booted 22 points, including two drop-goals, to dampen the playoff chances of the Bulls as the Lions completed a surprise 32-21 Super Rugby win at Ellis Park on Saturday.
A drop goal in the final play of the game from Jaco Taute handed South Africa's Stormers a 21-19 victory over the table-topping Sharks in their Super Rugby clash in Durban on Saturday.