REPORT: The Western Force outscored the Asia Pacific Dragons six tries to four to win 34-26 in a pre-season friendly in Perth 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.
REPORT: Scorching heat was no detriment to the Blues, who streaked away with six tries to win 40-12 against the Hurricanes in the second of three pre-season matches.
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.
INTERVIEW: One of the three newcomers to Super Rugby, the Jaguares of Argentina, are ready for their "baptism of fire".