Bismarck retains Sharks captaincy

Bismarck du Plessis has been named Sharks squad captain for the upcoming Vodacom Super Rugby season as part of a four-man leadership group.

Bok duo miss Toulon trip

Willem Alberts and Jannie du Plessis have been excluded from the Sharks' 26-man squad for the pre-season match against Toulon at the Stade Mayol next Thursday.

Pretorius off to Wales

Cheetahs scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius will join the Newport Gwent Dragons at the end of the season on a long-term deal.

Stormers to play in Green Point

The Boland Kavaliers will host the Stormers at the Cape Town Stadium next Saturday.

Ashley Johnson’s dangerous tackle

The Wasps flanker received a three-week ban for this tackle on Leinster winger Dave Kearney.

Coetzee off to Japan

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee is set to join the Kobe Kobelco Steelers in Japan at the end of this year's Vodacom Super Rugby tournament.

Steyn admits French struggles

Morné Steyn says it has been tough to adapt to the rugby and language in France.

Lions mix and match

The Lions have named two sides of varying strengths to face Pukke and the Leopards in Potchefstroom on Saturday.

Johnson handed suspension

Wasps flanker Ashley Johnson has received a three-week ban for his tackle on Leinster winger Dave Kearney during a European Champions Cup fixture on Saturday.

Brown to skipper Sarries

Scottish flank Kelly Brown will captain Saracens in their exhibition match against the Bulls at Allianz Park on Saturday.

Bulls arrive in London

Sarries TV caught up with Pierre Spies, Jacques du Plessis, Handré Pollard and Frans Ludeke after they touched down in London.

Carter to bench for Crusaders

All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter will come off the bench for the Crusaders in their pre-season match against the Hurricanes in Eketahuna on Saturday.

Chiefs batter Blues

The Chiefs ran in six tries to beat the Blues 41-20 in their first pre-season match at Whangarei on Thursday.

Wallabies boost Brumbies

The Brumbies have named a 28-man squad including a number of Wallabies for their final pre-season match against the Highlanders in Wagga on Saturday.

Hodgson back to lead Force

Wallabies flank Matt Hodgson will return to captain the Force against the Asia Pacific Dragons in Perth on Saturday.

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