Everything happens earlier in Super Rugby next year in changes that SANZAAR hopes will make the faltering product more successful in the Australian marketplace.
Tributes pour in for South African 1995 World Cup winner Chester Williams, who died from suspected heart attack at the age of 49 on Friday.
South Africa's 1995 Rugby World Cup legend, Chester Williams has died of heart attack.
South Africa post a comfortable 41-7 victory over Japan in their final Rugby World Cup warm-up match, laying down a tournament marker and gaining revenge for defeat four years ago.
Both sides have described the match in the World Cup host city of Kumagaya as "tournament preparation", but the events in Brighton four years ago have dominated the build-up.
Siya Kolisi has been named in a strong Springbok squad to face Japan in a World Cup warm-up match.
South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus believes his side's fate at the Rugby World Cup in Japan could be decided by fine margins such as the bounce of a ball, a missed tackle or a refereeing decision.
South Africa have named former Ireland international Felix Jones as a defence consultant for the upcoming Rugby World Cup.
South Africa captain Siya Kolisi won his fitness battle to lead his country at the Rugby World Cup in Japan, as coach Rassie Erasmus named the back-row forward in his 31-man squad.
South Africa wing Aphiwe Dyantyi has tested positive for an unspecified banned substance but denies wrongdoing and has requested his B sample to analysed.
With less than a month until the World Cup kicks off in Japan squad lists are starting to roll in. Here we list every tournament squad as they drop.
South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus was delighted to get 50 minutes from regular skipper Siya Kolisi in Saturday's 24-18 Rugby World Cup warm-up win over Argentina at Loftus Versfeld.
South Africa are winners of the Rugby Championship for the first time, but the big story from the final round of fixtures was Scott Barrett's red card. Was it the right call?
A Handre Pollard-inspired South Africa warmed up for the World Cup in superb style, beating Argentina to claim the Rugby Championship.
Has Cheika lost the plot in selecting James O'Connor at 13? Will a new-look All Blacks back-row prove its World Cup worth? What chance are the Pumas at home? Your guide to the weekend's Rugby Championship games is here.
Rugby World Cup-winning coach Bob Dwyer says it's not too late for Wallabies selectors to be experimenting but the threat posed by outside centre Tevita Kuridrani is in danger of being wasted.
Just one round remains in this year's shortened Rugby Championship, but there is plenty more to consider as the run to the World Cup continues. Here are some of the key talking points ahead of the next block of fixtures.
Coach Steve Hansen didn't deny Barrett's intentions but said it was a minor case of gamesmanship which was ubiquitous in the sport.
Steve Hansen was right not to bemoan RG Snyman's cleanout of Brodie Retallick. The All Blacks coach knows his players are -- like so many other around the world -- guilty of the same offence. It is one World Rugby has allowed to fester for far too long.
Rush defence will be grim reality in the biggest games at the Rugby World Cup, according to Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus, who predicts tries will be at a premium in Japan.
Replacement scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies scored a try in the final minute of play to help South Africa snatch a 16-16 draw with New Zealand in a tense Rugby Championship clash in Wellington on Saturday.
After an epic first round, the abbreviated Rugby Championship heads into Round Two, with New Zealand to host a blockbuster clash against South Africa, before Argentina face off against Australia. We have a complete preview of the weekend's games.
Rassie Erasmus makes 12 changes to the starting side that defeated Australia having sent a group of key players to New Zealand in advance of the remainder of the tour party.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has poured lukewarm water on the notion their Test against South Africa is a significant pointer to the teams' World Cup group stage blockbuster.
There were wins for the Springboks and All Blacks in opening weekend of the Rugby Championship, though none of the four coaches will be particularly overjoyed by what they saw from the first Test of 2019. Full weekend review here.
- Tries Scored1st 11 Tries
- Points Difference= 1st 51 points