The Super Rugby season will run for 21 weeks without a break from February to the grand final on Jul. 6, as there are no inbound Tests due to Rugby World Cup in Japan later in the year.
The Melbourne Rebels believe Quade Cooper's season out of Super Rugby will be a good thing for their star recruit.
Andrew Forrest's new-look Rapid Rugby competition has been conditionally sanctioned by the World Rugby Council and it's dates are set to clash with the more established Super Rugby tournament.
Fiji will host a Super Rugby match for the fourth successive season when Kiwi heavy-hitters the Chiefs and Crusaders square off in June next year.
World Series Rugby has undergone a complete rebrand as they prepare for a bigger 2019 season with the renamed Global Rapid Rugby continuing their push into Asia, with teams from Singapore and Malaysia entering the fray.
Unwanted by their Australian franchises, Sef Fa'agase and Jack Debreczeni have linked with New Zealand Super Rugby teams for the 2019 season.