Latest rugby union news
Roy Ward 2:40 PM Melbourne Rebels expect a top-class clash when Queensland Reds come to town on Good Friday.
2:39 PM Karmichael Hunt has been named on the bench in his Super Rugby return for the Queensland Reds against Melbourne at AAMI Park on Friday night.
Justin Chadwick 2:38 PM The Western Force remain hopeful they'll be able to retain the services of powerful forward Ben McCalman, but stand-in skipper Sam Wykes has confirmed he'll be leaving Australian rugby at the end of the Super Rugby season.
12:33 PM Daryl Gibson has formally been unveiled as the NSW Waratahs' first foreign head coach for the next three Super Rugby seasons.
Daniel Schofield 9:14 AM English club Northampton have stood down George North for their Champions Cup quarter-final against Clermont Auvergne after the winger suffered a third concussion in the space of eight weeks. The Wales star is consulting a neurosurgeon to assess whether he can play again this season.
David Polkinghorne 7:07 PM The Cinderella stories of Ita Vaea and Rory Arnold continue with two-year extensions to their ACT Brumbies contracts, but their Super Rugby fairytales are temporarily on hold due to injury and the return of flanker David Pocock.
Rupert Guinness 6:15 PM The Australian Rugby Union is confident its new policy allowing select players to take overseas sabbaticals will help retain talent in the long term, but they are also concerned it could see some burn out as they pursue back-to-back seasons without enough rest in between.
Rupert Guinness 4:54 PM All Wallabies squad members have been asked by coach Michael Cheika to submit weekly individual performance reviews on their remaining Super Rugby games.
Georgina Robinson The most thrilling final round ever seen in the history of the Six Nations has prompted World Cup-winning super coach Clive Woodward to call for administrators to look at using a bonus point system in the prestigious northern hemisphere competition.
David Polkinghorne Can Brumbies continue their home ground dominance?
Chris Pike Two disallowed tries ensured the Western Force ended their South African tour fruitless on Saturday, with the Sharks winning their Super Rugby match 15-9 at Kings Park in Durban.