2016 pre-season fixtures and results

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

What we’ve learned

Five lessons from the past weekend's pre-season and Six Nations matches, according to SIMON BORCHARDT.

Halfbacks may hamper Stormers

The success of the Stormers' new approach will hinge on the decision-making of their halfbacks, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Stander stars in stalemate

CJ Stander proved his Test credentials as Ireland and Wales drew 16-16 in Dublin on Sunday. SIMON BORCHARDT reports.

Hougaard moves on

Former Bulls flyhalf Derick Hougaard will not attempt a comeback three years after retiring from the game.

2016 Sydney Sevens Cup final

New Zealand scored after the hooter to beat Australia 27-24.

Highlights: Ireland vs Wales (2016)

CJ Stander excelled as the teams drew 16-16 in Dublin.

Saru punishes Roux

Embattled Saru CEO Jurie Roux will no longer lead the search for the new Springbok coach.

Blitzboks finish fourth

The injury-hit Blitzboks suffered a 12-7 defeat to Australia in their Sydney Sevens Cup semi-final, before then losing 26-12 to Fiji in the third-place play-off on Sunday. CRAIG LEWIS reports.

England edge brave Scots

George Kruis and Jack Nowell scored for England as they clinched a 15-9 win over Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday. CRAIG LEWIS reports.

Highlights: Scotland vs England (2016)

The visitors scored two tries to win 15-9 at Murrayfield.

Highlights: France vs Italy (2016)

The hosts began their Six Nations campaign with a scrappy 23-21 win in Paris.

France battle past spirited Italy

Jules Plisson kicked a late penalty as France claimed a hard-fought 23-21 win over Italy in Paris on Saturday. MARIETTE ADAMS reports.

Highlights: Racing 92 vs Highlanders (2016)

Racing 92 scored a late try to snatch a 45-38 win in Hong Kong.

Highlights: 2016 Sydney Sevens (Day 1)

The Blitzboks beat Scotland, Russia and Kenya to top their pool.

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