Super Rugby champions the Chiefs have had to cancel their pre-season match against French club Toulon.
Super Rugby could be in line for another expansion in 2016 with an Argentinian club side possibly joining the competition.
All Blacks first-five Dan Carter will have surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle.
Former All Black lock Ali Williams is set to extend his stay at European champions Toulon.
"Those responsible for the Chiefs not getting a nomination are out of touch."
Bryan Habana will be sidelined from French rugby for two months after suffering a thigh muscle injury.
Argentine coach Daniel Hourcade has been given a vote of confidence with a new contract putting him in charge until the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Firstline's Sam Ackerman spoke to All Blacks coach Steve Hansen about the perfect season and beyond.
It shouldn't be too hard winning over new fans being back to back Super Rugby champions - but Chiefs coach Dave Rennie's ready to embrace the latest part of the franchise.
The Crusaders have described a break-even first year under the new commercial partnership running the Super Rugby franchise as a satisfactory one.
Quade Cooper might want to make the most of his latest bout in January, after Australian Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver made it clear he doesn't like the idea of the Wallabies' vice-captain combining rugby and boxing.
Taranaki have switched Super Rugby allegiance to the Chiefs, ending a 17-year alliance with the Wellington-based Hurricanes.
Hika Elliot considering retirement after serious neck injury - Former All Blacks hooker Hika Elliot has pulled out of next year's Super Rugby campaign after undergoing neck surgery and may quit the sport.
Taranaki set for Chiefs switch - Taranaki rugby fans are set to have their Super Rugby loyalties tested as the Taranaki Rugby Union gets set to join the Chiefs.
Britain's Rugby Football league denies hybrid-code fixture with Wallabies - Britain's Rugby Football league has denied reports about playing a hybrid-code fixture with the Australian Rugby Union.
VIDEO: All Black Sevens upset by South Africa in final - South Africa have beaten New Zealand 17-14 in an emotional final of the Port Elizabeth round of the rugby sevens world series to claim their first title on home soil.
Robbie Deans 'serious' about next coaching job - Robbie Deans says he's just about to "get serious" about his next coaching job.
All Blacks Sevens Sensational in South African pool play - New Zealand have romped through the pool stages of the Port Elizabeth leg of the rugby sevens world series to set up a quarter-final meeting with Kenya.
Rugby's relationship with apartheid SA - Nelson Mandela's personal struggle against apartheid is entwined with our own national history thanks to our controversial sports ties with South Africa.
Pienaar: Mandela 'most extraordinary' human being - Francois Pienaar used simple words to describe Nelson Mandela, calling the inspiring anti-apartheid leader and role model for millions "my president and my example."
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