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Karmichael Hunt itching for success at the Reds

Phil Lutton 9:55 PM   Barring a stint as a stout-legged, holding midfielder for the Roar, Karmichael Hunt has pretty much seen it all on his Tour De Australian Sport. Even so, this promises for be a season of firsts for rugby union's newest showpiece.

Dan Carter on bench for Crusaders

All Blacks star Dan Carter shares a laugh at training with Crusaders team-mate Colin Slade.

All Blacks great Dan Carter will come off the reserve bench for the Crusaders in their pre-season game against the Hurricanes in Eketahuna on Saturday.

Karmichael Hunt named for Reds debut

Karmichael Hunt will debut for the Reds in Cairns.

Vince Rugari   Karmichael Hunt has been named to make his first appearance in a Queensland Reds jersey in Saturday's trial against the Melbourne Rebels in Cairns.

McMahon re-signs with ARU

Ready to roll: Sean McMahon at Rebels' pre-season training.

Melissa Woods   Melbourne Rebels backrower Sean McMahon and NSW Waratahs winger Rob Horne have signed two-year contract extensions with the Australian Rugby Union until the end of 2017.

Harris ready to replace Woodward

Bryce Hegarty at Rebels training on Tuesday.

Melissa Wood   Melbourne Rebels recruit Mike Harris is emerging as a ready-made fullback replacement for Jason Woodward.

Super Rugby faces foreign recruiting blitz

Man mountain: Hurricanes winger Julian Savea may opt to play sevens.

Liam Napier   Super Rugby faces its greatest credibility test next year as a World Cup walkout and aggressive European club recruitment blitz continues to pillage Southern Hemisphere nations.

Hunt should be fast-tracked for Wallabies: Dwyer

Big two: Quade Cooper with new Reds signing Karmichael Hunt at training.

Laine Clark   Karmichael Hunt's Queensland Reds debut is still a week away but Bob Dwyer has called for the code hopper to be fast-tracked into the Wallabies squad.

Cheika green lights Folau centre switch

Evolving: Israel Folau can switch to the centres, says coach Michael Cheika.

Georgina Robinson   Israel Folau's midfield ambitions have been given a major boost after Waratahs coach Michael Cheika green-lighted a move for his talented fullback.

Beale not worried about boo boys

Kurtley Beale in action for the Waratahs.

Adrian Warren   Wallabies back Kurtley Beale isn't worried about criticism from disgruntled rugby fans and doesn't expect to make a quick decision about his plans for 2016.

Second Super title would be sweeter: TPN

Sweet success: Tatafu Polota-Nau is hungry for another Super Rugby title.

Adrian Warren   Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau says winning a second straight Super Rugby title with the NSW Waratahs would be even sweeter than last year's drought-breaking maiden championship.

Slipper to captain Reds

James Slipper is the new Reds skipper.

Queensland have named prop James Slipper as captain for the 2015 Super Rugby season.

Samo signs with Melbourne Rebels

New signing: Radike Samo in the Rebels kit.

Evergreen former Wallaby Radike Samo will resurrect his career in Australia with the Melbourne Rebels for the 2015 Super Rugby season.

Singapore investor linked with the Highlanders

High stakes:  Eric Series, the man behind Singapore's bid to enter a team in an expanded Super Rugby competition, is reportedly interested in getting involved with the Highlanders.

The man behind Singapore's failed bid for a Super Rugby team reportedly interested in buying share of the Highlanders.

Honey Badger Nick Cummins back with the Western Force

The Honey Badger - aka Nick Cummins - is returning to the Western Force.

Brad Elborough   The Western Force's bid to play in Super Rugby finals for the first time has been given a massive Christmas boost with the announcement of the return of Nick Cummins to the club.

Crusaders eye match in Fiji

Overseas experience: Sonny Bill Williams offloads during the Crusaders' 'home' game against the Sharks in London in 2011.

The Crusaders are reportedly looking to play a Super Rugby game in Fiji next year.

Super Rugby to have free-to-air presence

Ratings were down despite the Waratahs winning the Super Rugby title.

John Stensholt   Ten Network Holdings is set to cover one match of the Super Rugby ¬≠competition each week under the terms of the pending broadcast deal for the sport.

Elders wanted to 'snot' McCaw

All Blacks Richie McCaw and then-captain Reuben Thorne during the 2003 World Cup.

Richard Knowler   Steve Hansen recalls a time Richie McCaw risked being pummelled by his own teammates.

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Japan and Argentina join Super Rugby

The brains trust: Bill Pulver and co. watch on as Tatsuzo Yabe of the JRFU signs on the dotted line.

SANZAR Executive Committee formally approves Japan Rugby Football Union and Union Argentina de Rugby's admission into Super Rugby from 2016.

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Jack Debreczeni re-signs with Melbourne Rebels

On the rise: gun five-eighth Jack Debreczeni.

The Melbourne Rebels have re-signed exciting young five-eighth Jack Debreczeni until the end of 2017.

Japan is the preferred Super Rugby option: NZRU

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Singapore has effectively conceded it has lost out to Japan to become the 18th Super Rugby side.