Following the successful hosting of New Zealand’s own Super Rugby competition, the All Blacks have returned to training in anticipation for Bledisloe Cup matches against the Wallabies next month.
The ACT Brumbies withstood a late onslaught to edge a gutsy Queensland Reds 28-23 and clinch the Super Rugby AU title on Saturday, solidifying their status as the kings of Australian rugby.
The ‘Lelos’ and Fiji will get a chance to show what they’re made of in new-look competition against the best from Europe
It now appears likely the two Bledisloe Tests, which were awarded to New Zealand as a consolation for losing the Rugby Championship, will now be played on October 17 and 24.
But there are fears fellow South African World Cup winner Handre Pollard may have picked up a serious injury playing for Montpellier
Will Jordan put his hand up for Test selection with two tries, including the match winner, in a pseudo All Blacks trial played under the guise of a North Island versus South match in Wellington on Saturday.

World Rugby Waratahs beat Rebels, taking Super Rugby AU season to the wire

The NSW Waratahs kept their Super Rugby AU hopes alive in a tense nine-try thriller Saturday, edging the Melbourne Rebels 38-32 to send the season to the wire.

World Rugby Perrett becomes Super Rugby’s first female referee

Amy Perrett made history Friday by becoming the first woman to referee a men’s Super Rugby game, a move she hopes will open the door to other women.

World Rugby Hooper excited to play with Read, under All Blacks’ Hansen

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper is relishing the chance to play under former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen and alongside Kieran Read after inking a short-term deal with Japan’s Toyota Verblitz.

World Rugby Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper heading to Japan for 2021

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper will head overseas for the first half of next year, Rugby Australia said Wednesday, after reportedly signing a six month deal with Japanese Top League side Toyota Verblitz.

World Rugby New Zealand’s North-South rugby match moved to Wellington

New Zealand’s coronavirus-delayed North v South Island rugby showdown will now take place in Wellington without spectators, after being delayed until September 5.

World Rugby Bath hammer Leicester in 200th meeting to stay in play-off hunt

Bath hammered a Leicester Tigers without a host of first-team players 38-16 on Saturday to hold onto fifth place in the English Premiership in the 200th meeting between the clubs.

World Rugby ‘Exciting’ Radradra claims first Bristol try in Gloucester win

Fiji centre Remi Radradra scored his first Bristol Bears try since joining from Bordeaux-Begles over the summer in Friday’s 33-24 win at Gloucester in the English Premiership.

World Rugby Zanni bows out in Pro14 loss as rugby returns in Italy after six-month lockdown

Italy veteran Alessandro Zanni played the final game of his career as Treviso lost 17-13 to Zebre on Friday in the first rugby match in the country after a six-month coronavirus shutdown.

World Rugby Edinburgh Pro14 clash with Glasgow gets go ahead for fans to return

Edinburgh’s Pro14 game with Glasgow Warriors on August 28 will be the first rugby match in the United Kingdom since March to welcome spectators after the Scottish Government gave the green light.

World Rugby O’Connor makes history as Reds hammer hapless Force

Queensland Reds fly-half James O’Connor became the first Super Rugby player to score 100 points for three different clubs Friday in helping his team thrash a shellshocked Western Force 57-5 in an eight-try rampage.

World Rugby New Zealand’s North-South rugby delayed over virus travel ban

New Zealand’s much-anticipated North v South Island rugby match was delayed Friday after health authorities refused to let players travel from locked-down Auckland.

World Rugby Robertson eyes Lions tour after All Blacks snub

Canterbury Crusaders coach Scott Robertson revealed Friday that he wants to join next year’s British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa after being overlooked for the All Blacks job.

World Rugby ‘Rough as guts’ – New Zealand return no joke for win-shy Gatland

Warren Gatland was hailed as rugby union’s greatest ever coach just two months ago, but the New Zealander’s reputation has taken a battering after the Waikato Chiefs’ horror show in Super Rugby Aotearoa.

World Rugby Kaino’s Toulouse ‘impossible’ to reject for Wasps’ Flament

Wasps French loose-forward Thibaud Flament said on Tuesday he was not able to refuse the offer of joining Toulouse with the likes of ex-New Zealand double Rugby World Cup winner Jerome Kaino on their books.

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