There comes a time when you have to put the broader problems facing Australian rugby in one compartment, close it, and open a separate one to scrutinise the performance of the current coaching set-up. After five tests this year it does not look good.
Wallabies five-eighth Quade Cooper has signed a three-year contract with the Australian Rugby Union and the Queensland Reds, confirming his return after a season with French club Toulon.
Harlequins have announced the signing of former Sydney Roosters and NSW Waratahs back Alofa Alofa.
Eddie Jones, the England head coach, has labelled South Africa "bullies" ahead of the first Test of the -autumn series at Twickenham on Nov 12. Jones is bracing his men for a physical encounter with the Springboks, whom England have not beaten since 2006.
The 33-year-old, who has a relish for the fray and who is a popular comrade, has less need than most to be reminded of the need to seize the moment.
Former NFL hopeful Chris Coyle will put his rugby transition to the test when he makes his ACT Griffins representative debut just 18 months after trading gridiron for the John I Dent Cup.
There are people driving on Sydney roads as we speak, with no memory of the Wallabies ever holding the Bledisloe high in triumph! When will it ever be ours again?
Australian sevens star Cam Clark has returned from an "unreal Olympic experience" – which included bumping into Rafael Nadal and Usain Bolt at the Rio dining hall – and will begin his road to 15s success with the Sydney Rays in the NRC on Friday.
Ewen McKenzie, 50 per cent. Michael Cheika, 52 per cent. Robbie Deans 59 per cent. Those are the winning percentages of the past three Wallabies coaches.
South Africa are sweating on the fitness of gun five-eighth Elton Jantjies as they prepare to meet the Wallabies in a clash where both teams have a lot to prove.
Wallabies second-rower Dean Mumm says it's not up to him to decide whether Australia needs a full-time lineout coach but knows he and teammates are determined to tip the scales back in their favour.
The Brumbies have signed Auckland-born prop Nic Mayhew on a one-year deal for the 2017 Super Rugby season.
SANZAAR will not back down on the non-citing of All Blacks forward Owen Franks for an alleged eye-gouge on Kane Douglas despite a major backlash.
The ARU are still waiting to hear why All Blacks coach Steve Hansen and assistant referee Jaco Peyper met before the weekend's Bledisloe Test, something they believe that was not in keeping with the spirit of World Rugby regulations.
The Sydney bug and Chiefs stripper incident continue to remain on the radar of New Zealand Rugby officials, who are adamant they're sweeping neither under the carpet.
Canberra Vikings begin NRC season with 58-20 thrashing over Queensland Country.
Michael Cheika says he does not feel any added personal pressure after a sixth consecutive loss but has stressed need for the Wallabies to build on their improved showing in Wellington.
All Blacks tighthead Owen Franks has escaped suspension for an alleged eye-gouge on Australia's Kane Douglas during Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup match.
The Wallabies can't take a trick at the moment but there is no reason to despair.
The ARU will make an official complaint to World Rugby over a meeting between All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen and referee Romain Poite prior to the second Bledisloe Cup match.