TOKYO, April 26 Japan coach Jamie Joseph on Wednesday made widespread changes to his starting lineup for this weekend's Asia Rugby Championship match against South Korea.
MELBOURNE, April 26 The ACT Brumbies have dismissed suggestions of a merger with the Melbourne Rebels as the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) prepares to cut one of its five Super Rugby teams.
April 25 England and Wasps flanker James Haskell's omission from the British and Irish Lions squad for their upcoming tour of New Zealand will "eat away at him", Wasps director Dai Young has said.
April 24 (Gracenote) - Fixtures from the Super Rugby matches FRIDAY, APRIL 28 FIXTURES (GMT) Highlanders v Stormers (0735) SATURDAY, APRIL 29 FIXTURES (GMT) Chiefs v Sunwolves (0735) Reds v Waratahs (0945) Western Force v Lions (1155) Cheetahs v Crusaders (1515) Southern Kings v Rebels (1730) Jaguares v Sharks (1940) SUNDAY, APRIL 30 FIXTURES (GMT) Brumbies v Blues (0605)
April 24 (Gracenote) - Fixtures from the Guinness PRO12 matches FRIDAY, APRIL 28 FIXTURES (GMT) Cardiff Blues v Zebre (1805) Edinburgh Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons (1835) Leinster v Glasgow Warriors (1835) SATURDAY, APRIL 29 FIXTURES (GMT) Ospreys v Ulster (1400) Benetton Rugby Treviso v Munster (1705) Connacht v Scarlets (1835)
April 24 (Gracenote) - Fixtures from the Aviva Premiership matches FRIDAY, APRIL 28 FIXTURES (GMT) Harlequins v Wasps (1845) Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors (1900) SATURDAY, APRIL 29 FIXTURES (GMT) Exeter Chiefs v Northampton (1400) Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks (1400) Saracens v Bristol Rugby (1400) SUNDAY, APRIL 30 FIXTURES (GMT) Bath Rugby v Gloucester Rugby (1400)
CAPE TOWN, April 24 Sharks centre Andre Esterhuizen has been handed a stiff six-week ban after being sent off for a dangerous tackle on Saturday as his side drew 9-9 with the Melbourne Rebels in Durban in the Super Rugby competition.
PARIS, April 23 Clermont Auvergne reached their third final in Europe's premium club competition when their impressive start helped them to beat Leinster 27-22 in the semi-finals of the Champions Cup in Lyon on Sunday.
April 23 (Gracenote) - Results from the European Rugby Champions Cup Semifinal matches Semifinal ASM Clermont Auvergne (France) 27 Leinster (Ireland) 22 Munster (Ireland) 10 Saracens (England) 26
April 23 (Gracenote) - Results from the European Rugby Challenge Cup Semifinal matches Semifinal Stade Francais (France) 28 Bath Rugby (England) 25 La Rochelle (France) 14 Gloucester Rugby (England) 16