The future of the SANZAAR alliance has been cast into further doubt after a leaked report suggested New Zealand's Aratipu review will recommend the country pursues a trans-Tasman provincial competition from 2021.
Rising No. 8 Hoskins Sotutu has committed his immediate future to the Blues and New Zealand rugby, removing almost any chance England coach Eddie Jones could make an audacious bid for the 22-year-old.
Having successfully commenced its Super Rugby AU competition over the weekend, Rugby Australia is now in a race against the clock to finalise its competition plans for 2021 and secure a broadcast deal beyond this season.
It was far from perfect and there were too many penalties, but the opening week of Super Rugby AU provided enough entertainment to be optimistic about what the next few months might hold for Australian rugby.
The Hurricanes virtually ended the Chiefs' Super Rugby Aotearoa title ambitions with a 25-18 victory, despite playing most of the second half with 14 men.
The Melbourne Rebels have confirmed their Round 2 clash with the Queensland Reds will be played in Sydney at Brookvale Oval, following a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Melbourne.
Venue: Estadio Jose Amalfitani
7:00 PM, March 21, 2020