Trans-Tasman rugby relations are seemingly as their lowest ebb with New Zealand Rugby accusing its Rugby Australia counterparts of back-tracking on a deal to condense the Rugby Championship to five weeks.
New Zealand Rugby has expressed its "disappointment" at the Rugby Championship schedule released on Thursday morning, confirming it had not agreed to the fixture list approved by SANZAAR.
Wallabies coach Dave Rennie is considering Noah Lolesio for a Test debut at No.10 in New Zealand next month after the Brumbies playmaker's eye-catching return from injury in Saturday's Super Rugby AU finale.
Bledisloe Cup Tests will bookend the four-nation 2020 Rugby Championship, which kicks off in Brisbane on November 7 with the schedule released by SANZAAR on Thursday.
All Blacks hooker Dane Coles says he has no concerns about heading to Australia for more than two months for the Rugby Championship, joking that he could use the time away from his three children.
All Blacks star Richie Mo'unga has confirmed he will travel to Australia for the Rugby Championship if selected, while also taking aim at those responsible for incorrect media speculation.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has moved to end the Bledisloe Cup stand-off by relaxing the country's quarantine restrictions for the Wallabies.
Ian Foster could be without several key playmakers for the Rugby Championship with a number of All Blacks reportedly telling NZ Rugby they do not want to be away from their young families for an extended period.
Rugby Australia has pulled off a major coup in what has been a disastrous year for the code, securing the entire Rugby Championship which will be played across November and December this year.
Speculation is mounting that Australia will host the Rugby Championship hub, rather than New Zealand, in what would prove a double-edged sword for the Wallabies and new coach Dave Rennie.
New Zealand outside back Braydon Ennor has been ruled out for up to nine months after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee during Saturday's North v South inter-island match in Wellington.
Rugby Australia have announced that this year's scheduled Bledisloe Cup clash in Melbourne has been delayed to 2022 due to the state's current lockdown.
Can we have some more of that please? Saturday night's North vs. South showcased the amazing talent that exists in New Zealand rugby, including the next generation of All Blacks. Here are some of the key takeaways.
New All Blacks coach Ian Foster has named seven new faces in his first squad although the team has yet to have any matches confirmed for this year.
Winger Will Jordan scored his second try of the game five minutes into extra time to give the South a 38-35 victory over the North in New Zealand's first inter-island match since 2012 on Saturday.
Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger has not been offered a new contract by the team and ended his tenure after three years in charge, the Super Rugby side said Thursday.
New Zealand's historic North vs. South match will be played for the first time in eight years, pitting the country's finest rugby talent against each other with All Blacks jerseys on the line.
The 23-man squads for New Zealand's first North vs. South match in eight years are in and there are key match-ups right across the paddock.
World Rugby said on Tuesday it would allocate $2.5 million among rugby sevens nations that have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics to cope with further disruptions to the global sevens calendar due to the novel coronavirus.
New Samoa coach Seilala Mapusua is crossing his fingers that talk of a Pasifika team in Super Rugby comes to fruition as he says it would enhance local player development and improve the national team's performances.
The Rugby Championship is the jewel in the southern hemisphere rugby season, but we remain no closer to learning whether the tournament will proceed after already being postponed due to the coronavirus. So where do things stand now?
Wellington's Sky Stadium will play host to New Zealand's North vs. South match but the game will be played behind closed doors, NZ Rugby confirmed on Wednesday.
All Blacks coach Ian Foster has essentially performed a 180 on his views towards Australia's Super Rugby sides and now believes all five teams should be involved in a combined Super Rugby competition.
New Zealand Rugby's already delayed North-South match faced another setback, with the latest COVID-19 restrictions meaning the Sept. 5 fixture would have to be played without fans in attendance.
Kieran Read is to make a surprise return to New Zealand rugby for Counties Manukau in the country's Mitre 10 Cup provincial championship that starts next month.
- NZL3rdTries Scored 1st South Africa : 11 Tries ScoredSA1st711
- NZL3rdPoints Difference 1st South Africa : 51 Points DifferenceSA1st-1751