Having already wrapped up the 2016 Rugby Championship title it is no surprise that a host of the All Blacks squad feature prominently in the player rankings this season.
Georgia will host the tournament for the first time. The pool stages will be played on 31 May, 4 and 8 June, with the semi-finals on 13 June and the final at the Mikheil Meskhi Stadium in Tbilisi on 18 June.
Sharks coach Robert du Preez wants to meet with Springbok coach Allister Coetzee to discuss his plans for the fit again Pat Lambie.
The All Blacks scored 26 points in the second half for a comprehensive 41-13 fourth round victory over South Africa in Christchurch.
Australia scored five tries to two in their 36-20 bonus-point victory over Argentina to hand New Zealand the Rugby Championship title.
ARGENTINA coach Daniel Hourcade has rung the changes for Saturday’s Rugby Championship Test against the Wallabies in Perth.
Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has made just one change to his starting side for The Rugby Championship Test against Argentina at nib Stadium in Perth.
Pieter-Steph du Toit and Vincent Koch are included in the Springbok starting line-up to face the All Blacks at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday, when Francois Louw will play in his 50th Test for South Africa.
The match day 23 features just two changes from the team that played Argentina last weekend: Ardie Savea comes in for the injured Sam Cane in the starting 7 jersey, with Matt Todd coming into the 23 as loose forward cover; while Lima Sopoaga comes into the match day 23, replacing Aaron Cruden, who has a groin strain.
There is no denying the All Blacks’ status as the best international rugby team in the world right now as they sit almost seven points clear of England in the World Rugby Rankings and more than 11 points clear of any other Southern Hemisphere nation.
Australia ended a run of six Test defeats by coming from behind to beat South Africa 23-17 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane in Round 3 of the Rugby Championship.
New Zealand claimed a third successive bonus-point victory in the Rugby Championship on Saturday as they defeated Argentina 57-22 in Hamilton.
The third round of The Rugby Championship kicks off this weekend and by Sunday morning we’ll have hit the halfway mark of the tournament. Each team faces a tough challenge in the run home towards the top of the table, but each also has their own unique brand of rugby with which they hope to attain the trophy.
Pumas head coach Daniel Hourcade has had to make several changes to his squad due to injuries for the round three clash against the All Blacks in Hamilton.
Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has made just two changes to his starting side for The Rugby Championship Test against South Africa at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has included Francois Hougaard, Juan de Jongh and Jesse Kriel in a revamped backline for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test against the Wallabies at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
The All Blacks side has been named to play the third Test in the Investec Rugby Championship against Argentina at FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton, on Saturday 10 September.
Former Springbok captain Jean de Villiers says Australia will be under just as much pressure as South Africa when they clash in Round 3 in Brisbane on 10 September.
Injuries add to Springbok and Wallaby woes, All Blacks release 12 players to Mitre 10 Cup duty and Argentina assess cost of Springbok win ahead of trip to New Zealand and Australia.
Argentina have risen two places to seventh in the World Rugby Rankings after beating South Africa in Saturday's Rugby Championship clash.
A 78th minute Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias penalty helped Argentina beat South Africa 26-24 in their Rugby Championship clash in Salta.
New Zealand secured a bonus-point win over Australia for the second time in a week in the Rugby Championship, triumphing 29-9 in Wellington.
Argentina have named an unchanged starting line-up for their Rugby Championship showdown with South Africa in Salta.
Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika has named Quade Cooper to start at fly-half for the Test with the All Blacks in Wellington.
Anton Lienert-Brown will win his first Test cap after he was named in New Zealand's starting XV to face Australia in Wellington.
Vincent Koch has replaced Julian Redelinghuys in the only change to South Africa's starting XV for the Test against Argentina in Salta.
South Africa fought back from 13-23 down to beat Argentina 30-23 in their Rugby Championship opener in Nelspruit.
A breathtaking performance by New Zealand saw them demolish Australia 42-3 in a one-sided Rugby Championship opener in Sydney.
Argentina captain Agustín Creevy will win his 50th cap for his country when he captains the Pumas against South Africa in Nelspruit.
Australia coach Michael Cheika has dropped flanker Scott Fardy from his starting XV for the Bledisloe Cup Test with New Zealand in Sydney.
Johan Goosen, Bryan Habana, Oupa Mohoje, Lood de Jager and Julian Redelinghuys have all been included in the Springbok starting XV for the Rugby Championship Test against Argentina in Nelspruit.
Beauden Barrett will start at fly-half for New Zealand in the first game of the Rugby Championship against Australia in Sydney.
The Pumas will be buoyed by the fact that they were able to beat the Springboks at home in last year's Rugby Championship.
New Zealand full-back Israel Dagg said his side are 'dying' to keep the Bledisloe Cup ahead of their Rugby Championship clash with Australia.
With the 2016 Rugby Championship just around the corner the respective national coaches have named their preliminary squads.
All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen has been reappointed through until 2019, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has confirmed.
Two referees – Angus Gardner of Australia and Mathieu Raynal of France – will take charge of their first Rugby Championship matches.
The Wallabies succumbed to a three-game whitewash in their recent series against England. It wasn’t for lack of possession for the Australians, though. Instead, a lack of penetration meant that the Wallabies couldn’t keep up with the metronomic boot of Owen Farrell.
They might have won the series by a combined score of 121-49 but the All Blacks were tested by a Wales team that few expected to challenge the World Champions.
SANZAAR has confirmed that the modified bonus point system that was introduced into Super Rugby this season will be adopted for The Rugby Championship, and that the first ever Rugby Championship Test Match will be staged in London.
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The World Rugby U20 Championships kick-off on Tuesday June 7 in Manchester, England where New Zealand will hope to defend the title it won in Italy last year.
The All Black, Springboks and Wallaby squads have been announced for the June international Test match series against northern hemisphere opposition.
The Wallabies have locked in their man, securing coach Michael Cheika until the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Australian Rugby and ASICS, have unveiled the Qantas Wallabies jersey and media campaign for the 2016 international Rugby season.
SARU are still hopeful of hosting the 2023 RWC despite South Africa's Sports Minister revoking their right to host international tournaments.
Heyneke Meyer has advised the South African Rugby Union that he no longer wished to be considered as a candidate to coach the Springboks.
Current Six Nations champions Ireland will play a three-test series against the Springboks in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth in June 2016.
Springbok captain Jean de Villiers on Sunday announced his retirement from international rugby, following a jaw fracture he sustained against Samoa.
Rebels flanker Sean McMahon claimed the 2015 Wallabies Rookie of the Year award at the John Eales Medal, Australian Rugby’s most prestigious of awards events.