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Vermeulen's return clouds Bok captaincy choice

South Africa and the Stormers will be bolstered by the return of No.8 Duane Vermeulen at the end of the French club season.
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England seek to sustain advance under Jones

England are determined the progress they have made under Eddie Jones' coaching will be maintained and have extended his contract by two years until 2021.
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Itoje set to build on New Zealand experience

As England prepare for another Six Nations campaign without No.8 Billy Vunipola, who has suffered a broken arm, lock Maro Itoje is set for a big campaign in the wake of his experience with the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand last year.
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Castle gets to work in earnest in Australia

New Australian rugby boss Raelene Castle got to work on Monday and described the information gathering she is doing in her first days in the role as 'drinking out of the fire hydrant'.
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Mixed fortunes for NZ'ers in Europe

Todd Blackadder's Bath side face a battle to make the European Champions Cup quarter-finals after losing 17-35 to Wayne Pivac's Scarlets at the weekend.
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Call goes up to 'bring back the ruck' in England

It's a cry that will gladden the heart of many New Zealanders with memories long enough to remember its effectiveness but the cry has gone up in England to bring back the ruck.
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NZ example driving SA recovery plan

New Zealand may be about to lose the services of first five-eighths Lima Sopoaga but its ability to cope with player loss has been praised by a South African critic.
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Donald set for role with Ulster

New Zealand first five-eighths and World Cup 2011 final goal-kicking hero Stephen Donald's career is set to take another turn.
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All Blacks get support from British critic

One British critic, in reviewing the rugby year of 2017, felt the British & Irish Lions owed their drawn series against the All Blacks to the referees.
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NZ'er Woodward aims high with Gloucester

Former Hurricanes fullback and wing Jason Woodward said his English club Gloucester are aiming high.
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Gatland warns England of dangers in foreign players

Wales coach Warren Gatland has warned England that its rugby could be set to go the same way as English football with its international game suffering because of its use of overseas players at club level.
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Ioane, Laumape future All Blacks' mid-field?

World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year Rieko Ioane and Hurricanes and All Blacks second five-eighths Ngani Laumape as a future international mid-field pairing? That's the view of Hurricanes assistant coach John Plumtree.
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McKenzie ranked 50th in world but on the rise

It's a measure of Damian McKenzie's arrival on the international rugby scene that among the Rugby World magazine's top 100 players, he was rated 50th, he could not be matched for his 'sheer instinct to go on the offensive'.
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Beating All Blacks more important than winning Six Nations

Beating the All Blacks in November will be more important than winning the Six Nations, according to former World Cup winning England player Will Greenwood.
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