NEW: Bulls and Springbok flyhalf Handré Pollard has been ruled out of rugby for at least nine months after rupturing knee ligaments in training on Monday.
NEWS: Ireland's talismanic leader Paul O'Connell has announced his retirement from all rugby.
NEWS: Japan hooker Shota Horie has been named captain of the Tokyo-based Sunwolves, officials of the new Super Rugby franchise said on Tuesday.
NEWS: Sharks captain and flyhalf Patrick Lambie will return home from his team's tour in France after suffering a serious shoulder injury in the 29-21 win over Toulon last Friday.
INTERVIEW: Reds veteran prop Greg Holmes said his team will need to man-up in their next Super Rugby warm-up match against the Brumbies after their disappointing 3-31 loss to the Crusaders.