Former Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards has been unveiled as part of France’s backroom staff for the upcoming Six Nations tournament.
Defending Six Nations champions Wales received an early blow as Scarlets duo Jonathan Davies and Rhys Patchell will both be out with long-term injuries.
Former Wales coach Warren Gatland has declined an offer to coach the All Blacks and will instead focus on his commitments with the Chiefs and the British & Irish Lions.
Reports in the UK suggest Japan and Fiji could join a new world championship including the Six Nations and the Rugby Championship nations.
Outspoken World Rugby vice-chairman Agustin Pichot says he won’t give up on the previously rejected notion of a nations championship, and encourages the Six Nations bosses to reconsider their decision.
France duo Louis Picamoles and Gael Fickou have admitted that Les Bleus are planning an all-out pace assault in their quarter-final against Wales in Oita on Sunday.
Scotland loose forward Dave Denton has announced his retirement from all rugby.
The All Blacks will lose their No 1 spot in the World Rugby rankings if they lose to the Wallabies in Perth on Saturday.
Franco Smith will vacate his position as Cheetahs head coach at the end of the year to take over as Italy boss.
The Six Nations have taken the next step towards World Rugby’s proposed Nations Championship by agreeing to due diligence.