Latest rugby union news
9:54 PM Quade Cooper returned to almost single-handedly guide the Queensland Reds to a 32-10 Super Rugby win over the Western Force in Perth, pressing some World Cup claims in the process
9:51 PM The Highlanders have comprehensively outplayed the Chiefs, scoring four tries to nil, including a superb effort from winger Waisake Naholo, on the way to a 36-9 Super Rugby victory in Invercargill.
Daniel Lane 9:18 PM Waratahs winger Taqele Naiyaravoro has busted through defensive lines and trampled over opponents like they were ants but the 120 kilo battering ram says he's never witnessed greater calmness under pressure, or toughness, than his wife displayed when she went into labor and there was no hope of getting her to the hospital in time.
Roy Ward 7:54 PM A red card to Laurie Weeks and suspected broken leg to Sefa Naivalu hurt Rebels in loss to Sharks in Durban.
David Polkinghorne 7:00 PM Wallabies lock Sam Carter's Super Rugby season is over, but his World Cup dream is still alive.
David Polkinghorne 6:41 PM Stephen Larkham expects Henry Speight's form to have an impact on the Wallabies' World Cup campaign.
Matthew Burke 2:30 PM Succession planning is the key to moving forward in any organisation but that doesn't mean previous strategies will necessarily take you in the right direction for your endeavours.
David Polkinghorne 8:48 AM A Henry Speight brace has kept the ACT Brumbies' Super Rugby finals hopes alive - but it could come at a cost.
Melissa Woods 8:41 AM A two-try haul from skipper Scott Higginbotham wasn't enough for the Melbourne Rebels to achieve a break-through win in South Africa, falling 25-21 to the Sharks in Durban.
Julian Guyer Dylan Hartley's hopes of playing in the World Cup have been all but ended after England ran out of patience with the volatile hooker following his latest disciplinary problem.
Georgina Robinson Kurtley Beale says the Waratahs have steeled themselves against complacency heading into a vital highveld clash with the "dangerous" Lions in Johannesburg.
Chris Dutton Queanbeyan captain Dan Penca has his sights set on toppling four-time defending premiers Tuggeranong.
Sam Burgess has a shot at a second title across two codes in eight months when Bath face Saracens in the English rugby premiership final at Twickenham this weekend.
The NSW Waratahs may be running on to Ellis Park, Johannesburg without forwards Will Skelton and Tolu Latu on Saturday evening (Sunday morning AEST), but that has not stopped rival coach Johan Ackermann from describing the contest as "Lions versus the Wallabies".
Ireland prop Jack McGrath may face a suspension that could ruin his World Cup hopes after kneeing Konstantin Mikautadze in the back during Ireland's 22-21 defeat against the Barbarians on Thursday.
Roy Ward Luke Burgess, Laurie Weeks, Colby Fainga'a and Sefa Naivalu all named to start for Rebels against the Sharks in Durban.
English rugby badboy Dylan Hartley will not be eligible to play in the first match of the Rugby World Cup later this year if he is named in the final squad after being suspended for four weeks on Tuesday.