SYDNEY, March 12 - Forget a studs-first raking at the back of a ruck or a big hit in midfield, there is very little that can hurt an Australian rugby forward more than the accusation that he has betrayed his mates.
WELLINGTON, March 12 - New Zealand flyhalf Dan Carter is hoping to bring an end to his sabbatical and make his Super Rugby return for the Canterbury Crusaders in July.
LONDON, March 11 - England have named centre Manu Tuilagi in their squad for the Six Nations game against Italy in Rome on Saturday.
SYDNEY, March 11 - Not many New South Wales Waratahs coaches have been a position of having to dampen expectations over the last five years but 10 tries in two healthy wins to start the new Super Rugby season have left Michael Cheika with exactly that task.
WELLINGTON, March 11 - Wellington Hurricanes scrumhalf TJ Perenara is itching to get back into the All Blacks environment after spending much of the latter part of 2013 on the bench recuperating from injury or holding tackle bags at practice.
WELLINGTON, March 11 - Auckland Blues hooker Keven Mealamu has been forced to return home early from South Africa with a calf injury that is likely to cause Steve Hansen some concern as the All Blacks coach finalises his planning for the 2015 World Cup.
LONDON, March 10 - In a scenario that will delight organisers, TV executives and armchair fans, the Six Nations championship is set to be decided in the final minutes of the final fixture of next weekend's "Super Saturday" triple bill when France face Ireland in Paris.
SYDNEY, March 10 - Former All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams will sit out the next three matches of his second season back in Australian rugby league after being suspended for a shoulder charge.
* Could win title with victory over Italy next week (Adds quotes, details of Halfpenny injury)
LONDON, March 9 - A year ago, huddled on the Millennium Stadium pitch as Wales loudly celebrated their title-clinching thrashing of his England team, captain Chris Robshaw told his players to "bank that feeling" and make sure they never had to suffer it again.
First Jacques Kallis retired. Then Graeme Smith called it quits. In between, South Africa lost a Test series against Australia, their first at home since the 2008-09 season. What stares the Proteas in the face now, however, is a far bigger challenge than just replacing two great cricketers.