Speculation is mounting that Cian Healy is struggling in his race to be fit in time for the World Cup.
Highlights from the historic Test between Samoa and the All Blacks in Apia
Australia coach Michael Cheika has given Quade Cooper a glowing endorsement at flyhalf ahead of the Rugby Championship opener against South Africa.
Skipper Jean de Villiers has been left out of the Bok squad for the Rugby Championship opener in Brisbane.
South Africa started their road to the World Cup with victory over a strong World XV in an exhibition game.
Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha will jog onto the field together for the last time as the Springboks begin their season against the World XV at Newlands.
They once formed rugby's most formidable lock pairing, but on Saturday Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha will face off at Newlands.
The British and Irish Lions will play two of their three Tests against the All Blacks at Eden Park and meet all five of New Zealand's Super Rugby teams during their 2017 tour.
South Africa launch a five-match countdown to the Rugby World Cup with coach Heyneke Meyer praising debutant centre Jesse Kriel.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has omitted scrumhalf Nic White and number eight Wycliff Palu for Australia's opening match of the Rugby Championship against South Africa.
Jesse Kriel will make his Springbok debut in a young, attack-minded backline against the World XV at Newlands.
Duane Vermeulen is hopeful of making a rapid recovery after undergoing successful neck surgery.