Cheetahs centre Nico Lee will sit out 13 weeks of Pro 14 action after he was suspended for clearing "the contents of his nose" on Connacht's Colby Fainga'a during their clash last weekend.
In Super Rugby round two we see two trans-Tasman clashes as well as a New Zealand derby. Read for all of this week's team lists.
The Super Rugby season is once again upon us. Here, we analyse the South African conference, and ESPN columnist Greg Growden offers his thoughts on each of the five franchises.
SANZAAR chief executive Andy Marinos is uncertain about if and when World Rugby will roll out an annual World League.
Western Force flyhalf Peter Grant has been forced to retire because of a series of head injuries.
Bulls and South Africa lock R.G. Snyman has undergone ankle surgery and will miss the opening two months of of the season, his Super Rugby franchise has announced .
Cornal Hendricks, a former Cheetahs and Springboks winger, retired in 2015, on medical advice, after he discovered that he had a heart defect. He will step out for the Bulls vs. the Lions in Pretoria on Saturday.
The former Stormers, Toulouse and South Africa prop will assist the Bulls two days a week while continuing in a similar role for the Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs in their Guinness PRO14 campaign.
A fit Lambie would in all likelihood have been part of the Springboks squad at the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year, but he says he is no longer willing to risk his health on the rugby field.
South Africa's rugby captain Siya Kolisi suggested that racial transformation targets could affect the mentality of players of colour.
Claassen played 28 Tests between 1955 and 1962, and captained the side nine times. He also coached the Springboks in 21 Tests from 1968 to 1971.
The fixture will afford the Springboks a further opportunity to conditions in Japan, where the team has never previously played.
"I'm only head coach until the World Cup next year," Rassie Erasmus says, noting that he has a six-year contract only as Director of Rugby.
There is no June international window in Rugby World Cup year and the Rugby Championship has been cut to three fixtures per side, with the Boks to open their campaign against Australia at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on July 20.
SANZAAR issued another typically vague response to reports Super Rugby may revert to a 14-team competition from 2021. It's not such a bad situation, though, and one the governing body would be wise to embrace, Sam Bruce writes.
Siya Kolisi and Aphiwe Dyantyi have both come a long way in 2018. Now, they are aiming to close out a historic year with a victory for the Barbarians.
Rassie Erasmus says he is using the Barbarians match against Argentina Saturday as an extra opportunity to prepare for next year's Rugby World Cup.
New Zealand were beaten, Ireland and Wales were not. England secured important results while Australia looked broken. ESPN looks at the key takeaways from this month.
A clean sweep in November showed just how much Wales will challenge for honours in Warren Gatland's final 12 months in charge.
Can England finish their year on a high with a sixth straight win against Australia? And will Scotland bounce back against Argentina?
Springboks' coach Rassie Erasmus has made only one change to his match day squad to face Wales in Cardiff on Saturday as Eben Etzebeth returns to the bench.
Liam Williams will starts at full-back as Wales coach Warren Gatland restored Gareth Anscombe to the fly-half berth for their final November international against South Africa.
Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of Wales' final autumn international against South Africa after failing to recover from concussion.
South Africa captain Siya Kolisi has been cleared to play against Wales this weekend after escaping sanction for an apparent headbutt on Scotland's Peter Horne.
Wales will represent South Africa's "most difficult opponent" of the November Tests on Saturday, says Rassie Erasmus.
- SA2ndTRIES SCORED 1st New Zealand : 33 Tries ScoredNZL1st2133
- SA2ndPOINTS DIFFERENCE 1st New Zealand : 93 Points DifferenceNZL1st693