2016 pre-season fixtures and results

All the warm-up matches leading up to the expanded 18-team Super Rugby tournament.

Highlights: Ikeys vs Shimlas (2016)

The title-defending Shimlas got their campaign off to a running start with a 23-17 victory over Ikeys at the Green Mile in Cape Town. 

Blitzboks take stock

Blitzboks coach Neil Powell says he expects this season of the World Rugby Sevens Series to be a ‘rollercoaster’ ride, writes CRAIG LEWIS.

Sharks count injury cost

Sharks flyhalf and captain Pat Lambie is set to miss the start of the Super Rugby season after suffering a shoulder injury in last Friday’s warm-up match against Toulon, writes CRAIG LEWIS.

Highlights: Tuks vs Pukke (2016)

The visitors scored four tries to win their opening Varsity Cup match 38-15 in Pretoria.

Jaguares to begin with a bang

The much-hyped Jaguares could make a big statement in the pre-season fixture against the Stormers this Saturday, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Mastriet misfortune for Lions

The Lions have suffered a blow ahead of the Super Rugby season after winger Sampie Mastriet suffered a broken collarbone in a warm-up game last Saturday.

Crusaders ready for Highlanders

Sam Whitelock will lead the Crusaders in their pre-season match against Super Rugby champions, the Highlanders, on Thursday.

Goromaru set for Reds debut

Fullback Ayumu Goromaru has been named in the Reds' match-day squad for their pre-season fixture against the Brumbies in Ballymore on Friday.

Shimlas sink Ikeys

Shimlas scored two second-half tries to beat UCT 23-17 in the opening round of the Varsity Cup, while there were also wins for Pukke, UJ and Maties.

England rise in rankings

England have moved up to seventh place in the World Rugby rankings following their 15-9 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield.

NZ Sevens score try with eight men

New Zealand had an extra player on the field when they scored a match-levelling try against Australia on day one of the Sydney Sevens.

Seven of the best tries from 2016 Sydney Sevens

Featuring Perry Baker, Mike Fuailefau, Jerry Tuwai, Savenaca Rawaca, Seabelo Santala, Akira Ioane and Greg Jeloudev.

Strong Jaguares for SA trip

The Jaguares have named a powerful 34-man squad for their South African tour, with the Argentine side set to face the Stormers in a Super Rugby friendly this Saturday.

Worcester secure Potgieter

Dewald Potgieter has signed for the Worcester Warriors and will join them immediately for their home Premiership clash against Bath this weekend.

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