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Blow for Tahs as Lousi gone for season

Busted shoulder: Sam Lousi is out for the Super Rugby season.

Georgina Robinson 2:40 PM   The Waratahs' second-row stocks have taken a hit with damaging newcomer Sam Lousi ruled out for the rest of the season.

Rebels ready for international-class battle

Mitch Inman of the Rebels is tackled by Christian Lealiifano of the Brumbies.

Roy Ward 2:40 PM   Melbourne Rebels expect a top-class clash when Queensland Reds come to town on Good Friday.

Karmichael Hunt returns for Queensland Reds

Karmichael Hunt will returns to the Reds from the bench.

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.

Force's Sam Wykes to head overseas

Sam Wykes will lead the Western Force in the absence of regular captain Matt Hodgson.

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.

Brumbies call in new troops for Cheetahs

James Dargaville will get his first Brumbies start on the wing.

Chris Dutton 12:42 PM   Injuries have forced the ACT Brumbies into the biggest line-up re-shuffle this year, coach Stephen Larkham implementing sweeping changes for the clash against the Free State Cheetahs.

Gibson to take over from Cheika as Waratahs coach

Stepping up: Daryl Gibson.

12:33 PM   Daryl Gibson has formally been unveiled as the NSW Waratahs' first foreign head coach for the next three Super Rugby seasons.

North stood down after third concussion

Season in jeopardy: George North of Northampton Saints was knocked out in the English Premiership.

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.

Brumbies re-sign Ita Vaea and Rory Arnold, David Pocock returns to starting XV

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: David Pocock of the Brumbies talks to team mates during the round six Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Brumbies at Allianz Stadium on March 22, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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.

Pulver on sabbaticals: "We ha™ve got to balance carefully ... player burnout"

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.

Cheika calls on Wallabies for weekly reviews so "we can track form"

Michael Cheika will team up with Stephen Larkham for the Wallabies' World Cup campaign.

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.

Pocock on track for World Cup role: Cheika

Taking a stand: players such as David Pocock should be encouraged to speak out.

Chris Dutton   Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has backed David Pocock to break the shackles of his injury woes to deliver as a "world-class performer", but admits he needs more time to gauge what role the former Test skipper will have at the World Cup.

Six Nations should adopt bonus point system: Woodward

Exciting: Clive Woodward backs bonus points in Six Nations.

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.

Rebels star Weeks out for six to eight weeks

Laurie Weeks will be a big loss for the Rebels.

Roy Ward   A shin injury will see Laurie Weeks out for six to eight weeks.

Brumbies chase fans with half-price admission

Fan zone: The Brumbies are hoping to get more fans to the clash against the Cheetahs.

Chris Dutton   The ACT Brumbies will halve ticket prices to try to lure fans back to Canberra Stadium.

England can win the World Cup: Wilkinson

Still kicking goals: Jonny Wilkinson and  Felipe Contepomi help out at a grassroots match between Racal Decca RFC and Streatham-Croydon RFC 3rd XV this week.

Daniel Schofield   Jonny Wilkinson, Bryan Habana and Brad Thorn discuss what it takes to be the best in the world.

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Waratahs face a non-stop journey to finals

Hard yards: Stephen Hoiles says the pressure will be on the trainers.

Rupert Guinness   It is probably a good thing for the Waratahs if their playing ranks are "brain washed to try and think week-to-week".

Tahs, Brumbies dominate Wallabies group

Bragging rights: The Waratahs and Brumbies meet again as teammates after their epic clash in Sydney.

Georgina Robinson   Wallabies coach Michael Cheika's first big test of man management has begun with 15 Waratahs and 12 Brumbies players converging on Brisbane for the first formal gathering of the Test squad in a World Cup year.

Tahs scrum strength a good sign: Kepu

Powerhouse: Sekope Kepu says the Waratahs are starting to reap the rewards of a focus on scrummaging.

Georgina Robinson   It was a project marked by twice-daily scrummaging sessions in the midsummer heat but the Waratahs are starting to reap the benefits and the Wallabies could be next.

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Disallowed tries cost Force against Sharks

Powerplay: Steve Mafi of the Western Force charges into the Sharks defence.

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.