ACT Brumbies prop Scott Sio believes Tevita Kuridrani's battle with Israel Folau for the Wallabies No.13 jersey will bring out the best in his teammate against the Japan Sunwolves in Canberra on Saturday night.
Waratahs prop Angus Ta'avao says a match-winning scrum three weeks ago against the Stormers has given NSW the confidence they can win in Christchurch and break a twelve-year drought there.
ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham has welcomed this week's bye as a chance for the club to get its off-field situation in order before shooting for a Super Rugby finals spot.
He's been dubbed "Bernie Junior" for his likeness to Wallabies great Stephen Larkham, but Nick Jooste doesn't let comparisons consume him.
Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau, two Wallabies from Sydney's western suburbs, have urged the Australian Rugby Union to take on the rival football codes and make a serious commitment to developing their sport in the talent-rich outer suburbs.
The Rebels will use the bye week to correct the errors that cost them a desperately needed win against the Blues on Saturday.
Laurie Weeks' hamstring injury means the Rebels will look to Irish signing Jamie Hagan to stand up for them against the Blues.
Melbourne Rebels' Tamati Ellison has his fourth child due any day and a crunch home game due Friday night.
Israel Folau clattered into Jordan Smiler and when I see a player down like that I don't want to see him back for at least a week, never mind 10 minutes later.
The Rebels can stare down one of their opponents for a Super Rugby finals place when they play the Hurricanes on Friday night.
Another inept Waratahs display has coach Daryl Gibson facing some hard questions.
Melbourne Rebels face more injury dramas after a loss to the Highlanders on Saturday night.
The Melbourne Rebels' finals dreams will be scrutinised by the Highlanders on Saturday night.
Melbourne Rebels have retained their winning side from Japan but added a key attacking back for their clash with the Highlanders.
Melbourne Rebels' finals aspirations will be tested out by reigning champs the Highlanders on Saturday night.
The ACT Brumbies are edging closer to finalising a deal with superstar flanker David Pocock and the organisation is confident it has the back-room stability to maintain on-field success.
Life and rugby are coming fast at Sione Tuipulotu and he is just trying to absorb the big hits.
Rebels' captain Nic Stirzaker's shoulder continues to trouble him.
Melbourne Rebels know they must win the physical battle when they host Queensland Reds at AAMI Park on Saturday night.
Melbourne Rebels winger Tom English says his side can't allow injuries and travel fatigue to distract them from beating Queensland Reds at AAMI Park on Saturday night.