Wallabies vice-captain Michael Hooper is free to play the All Blacks after a SANZAR appeals committee dismissed both appeals against his one-week suspension.
Which clubs have topped the Premiership table AND gone on to win the title since the play-offs began? ESPN's resident experts have the answer.
Bath's ambitious plans to turn their Rec home into a 16,500-capacity stadium are back on after a court ruling in the club's favour.
Kane Douglas has barely touched a ball since March but is backing himself in as he prepares to make a late bid to be included in the Wallabies' World Cup squad.
Bulldozing No.8 arrives at Quins from Treviso.
The Queensland Reds playmaker is far from assured of his place in Australia's Rugby World Cup squad, writes Greg Growden.
New Zealand-educated Toby Smith is in line to make his Test debut against the All Blacks after being named as one of three changes to the Wallabies squad for the first Bledisloe Cup Test.
Lock has recovered from the pair of concussions he received towards the end of last season.
Welsh legend Barry John has called on the likes of Gareth Anscombe and Ross Moriarty to prove their mettle ahead of World Cup warm-up against Ireland.
NZ Maori's could be part of plan to take the All Blacks back to the Windy City.
Toulon staged another one of their bizarre rugby/football hybrid charity matches on Wednesday, with Zinedine Zidane scoring a try for the France '98 team.
Islanders power to 33-19 win in Toronto with Fetu'u Vainikolo bagging a double.
A major study of rugby union players points to a possible connection between frequent concussion and brain function.
Aviva Premiership club confirms long-term contracts agreed with duo ahead of new season.
The RFU has handed England's Rugby World Cup squad a 24-point social media guide in order to avoid embarrassing headlines this autumn.
Michael Hooper has claimed his third Matthew Burke Players' Player Cup at the Waratahs' Awards night for a third consecutive year.
David Pocock has been rewarded for his stellar return season with three awards at the Brumbies Awards night, including Brumbies' Players' Player award.
South Africa are confident of arriving at the World Cup with a clean bill of health despite being ravaged by injury during the Rugby Championship.
The World Cup is on track to sell out with England Rugby 2015 chairman Andy Cosslett confident that by the time the tournament kicks off on September 18 every ticket will have been bought.
George Ford has hailed Sam Burgess' influence in the dressing room, believing the cross-code convert is more than capable of making a smooth switch into international rugby union.
Australia under no illusions about the challenge of beating New Zealand as coach Michael Cheika hails his side's rivals.
Although the South African system doesn't help, Heyneke Meyer needs to take responsibility for his side's fitness, writes John Mitchell.
European champions turn to former Biarritz and Racing 92 wing in a bid to offset the loss of Bryan Habana and Drew Mitchell this autumn.
Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper has apologised for an expletive-laden tweet he posted in the wake of his side's win in Argentina.
Rugby has a fine history of internationals who have also played cricket - John Griffiths looks at the last versatile sportsman.
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