The Springbok medical team and their counterparts from Western Province will work together to ensure Jean de Villiers has every opportunity to feature in the Rugby World Cup.
One of world rugby's leading coaches, Wayne Smith, is to return to the All Blacks coaching staff for the 2015 season.
Argentina will bring the 2015 season to a close with a clash against the Barbarians at Twickenham, London on Saturday 21 November, kicking off at 2:30pm.
All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen has been reappointed until the end of the 2017 season, which will see him lead New Zealand through the World Cup and the Lions Tour.
Wallabies and Reds flyhalf Quade Cooper has committed to Australian Rugby for another year in a deal that will take him through until the end of 2015.
All Black Brodie Retallick has backed up his World Rugby International Player of the Year award by being named the Kelvin R Tremain Player of the Year at the 2014 Steinlager Rugby Awards.
The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has confirmed that Johannesburg and Durban will host Springbok home matches in The Rugby Championship 2015.
One of Nizaam Carr, Marcell Coetzee, Willie le Roux, Handré Pollard or Duane Vermeulen will claim the coveted annual award for the first time in their careers.
While some might be quick to suggest Australia needs to put 2014 aside and focus on the upcoming season, no Test nation has as many potential improvements.
The Springboks have showed they have the breakdown belligerence and attacking sense to match any side in world rugby.
The World Champions for the most part could pat themselves on the back and claim job well done, winning 12 from 14 and retaining all major titles that were on offer.
Famous wins against the Wallabies in Argentina and France in Paris capped a fruitful year for Los Pumas.
Springbok captain Jean de Villiers has undergone successful surgery on the left knee he injured in the final Test of the season, last Saturday against Wales in Cardiff.
Springbok captain Jean de Villiers will require surgery on his injured left knee and will be in a race against time to be fit for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Francois Hougaard’s spectacular score in South Africa’s win over New Zealand in The Rugby Championship has been named as the International Rugby Players’ Association Try of the Year 2014.
South Africa suffered a big blow when Springbok captain Jean de Villiers was injured during their 12-6 defeat to Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday.
Michael Cheika insisted there would be "no panic" in the Wallaby camp after they ended 2014 with a 26-17 loss to England at Twickenham.
Wales clinched the sweetest of victories with a 12-6 triumph over South Africa, their first Southern Hemisphere scalp since 2008.
England's season finally came good as the hosts saw off a dynamic Wallaby side at Twickenham with a 26-17 win on Saturday.
Defeat for England would spell disaster as they round off 2014 by hosting Michael Cheika's Wallabies at Twickenham on Saturday.
The Wallabies have confirmed their eight-man bench for Saturday’s Cook Cup and Spring Tour clash against England at Twickenham.
There's been an awful lot of huffing and puffing in the press this week - both in Wales and South Africa - but not much of it is justified.
Wallabies lock Rob Simmons will play his milestone 50th Test for Australia in Saturday's clash against England at Twickenham.
South Africa have made five changes to their starting lineup for Saturday's clash with Wales at the Millennium Stadium.
Wallabies prop James Slipper said his side want to end England's dreams of World Cup glory on home spoil next year as payback for the Red Rose brigade's success 'Down Under' in 2003.
World Rugby Player of the Year Brodie Retallick has set himself a challenge to improve his game next year in both Chiefs and New Zealand colours.
Australia's 26-23 loss to Ireland has seen them slip to fifth spot - equalling their lowest ever position since the Rankings were introduced in 2003.
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer and captain Jean de Villiers both lauded their team's performance in their 22-6 win over Italy in Padova on Saturday.
All Blacks second row Brodie Retallick has been named the World Rugby Player of the Year 2014 by an independent panel, the fourth New Zealander to win the prestigious award.
Ireland claimed their second Southern Hemisphere scalp of the month with a 26-23 victory over Australia in a thrilling clash in Dublin on Saturday.
Argentina showed their experience to hold on for an 18-13 win over France in a low-quality affair at the Stade de France.
Three tries in the final ten minutes saw New Zealand - in Richie McCaw's 100th game as captain - beat Wales 34-16 at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
South Africa were made to work very hard to beat Italy 22-6 in an error-strewn clash at Stadio Euganeo in Padova on Saturday.
Although he will lead the All Blacks for the 100th time in a Test, Richie McCaw is not fussing over the significance of his achievement.
Claiming the scalp of Australia on Saturday to go with South Africa's would surely see Ireland's Rugby World Cup odds come falling down.
It's now been seven years since Argentina shocked the rugby world by turning over France twice at their home World Cup.
Aware that the local Welsh press seem to suggest the New Zealand are there for the taking, Steve Hansen remains unmoved.
Fans in South Africa who are assuming Saturday's clash with Italy will be an armchair ride for the Springboks had better think again.
The All Blacks' end-of-year tour hits Cardiff where they will face an under-fire Wales team in front of of a capacity Millennium Stadium crowd on Saturday.
The contenders for the International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA) Try of the Year 2014 have been revealed by World Rugby, with the winner to be announced by the end of the year.
Australia head coach Michael Cheika has confirmed his replacements for Saturday's game against Ireland, with Kurtley Beale named in jersey 23.
Ireland have recalled hooker Rory Best for his 78th cap when they take on Australia this Saturday in Dublin.
After an inconsistent performance against Scotland, New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen says Dan Carter needs more game time after a long layoff.
Wallabies winger Henry Speight will make his Test debut for Australia in Saturday's November Test against Ireland in Dublin.
The Wallabies 26-29 loss to France in Paris will result in Australia moving to fourth position overall in the IRB rankings.
Golden Lions prop Ruan Dreyer has been called up to the South Africa squad as injury cover for tighthead Jannie du Plessis.
On his return to Test rugby, All Blacks playmaker Dan Carter was pleased to emerge unscathed from a bruising Murrayfield battle, but admitted he had much to work on after a hot-and-cold performance against the Scots.
South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer was pleased with how his team handled the conditions in Saturday's win at Twickenham.
Stuart Lancaster's reign is now under unprecedented scrutiny following consecutive losses to New Zealand and South Africa.