REACTION: Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold was impressed with the leadership skills shown by some of his senior players on their pre-season tour to France.
REACTION: The Brumbies are confident they can sidestep the drama surrounding star loose forward David Pocock's ongoing contract negotiations.
REACTION: Western Force head coach Michael Foley said there were still areas of their game requiring improvement after their win against the Asia Pacific Dragons in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.
REPORT: Springbok Riaan Viljoen scored a double as the Sunwolves started their Super Rugby chapter with a 52-24 demolition of a Top League XV in a pre-season out on Saturday.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: England have never lost to Italy, but coach Eddie Jones said he was under no illusion the task facing his team when the sides play their second Six Nations match of the season on Sunday.