Former All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams has reportedly agreed to the biggest contract in the history of both rugby union and league, accepting a $10-million deal to return to the 13-man code.
Former All Blacks captain Buck Shelford expects the Boks to beat Japan and Wales to be knocked out at the quarter-final stage for the second World Cup running.
RICHARD LOE, writing in Herald on Sunday, says the refereeing in this year's Super Rugby tournament has been poor.
GREGOR PAUL, writing in the New Zealand Herald, says there's a touch of the sanctimonious about New Zealand rugby when it comes to the issue of foul play.
CHRIS RATTUE, writing in the New Zealand Herald, says the country's rugby aura has been diminished by their poor start to Super Rugby.
The New Zealand Herald's Chris Rattue says Sam Burgess could make a big impact in rugby union, but may not have enough time to settle in before the 2015 World Cup.
The New Zealand Herald's Chris Rattue says former rugby league star Benji Marshall needs to produce the big performances for the Blues.