Russia will play Uruguay in a two-legged play-off for the final spot at the 2015 World Cup.
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie is hoping the future surrounding assistant coach Wayne Smith will become clearer as the All Blacks tussel with the franchise
Kenya moved closer to a first World Cup appearance by outplaying hosts Madagascar 34-0 at a qualifying tournament in Antananarivo.
Kenya upset Namibia and Zimbabwe walloped hosts Madagascar on Saturday as the struggle to represent Africa at the 2015 World Cup began.
Crusaders wing Nemani Nadolo scored a hat-trick as Fiji smashed Cook Islands 108-6 to book themselves into Pool A along side England.
All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter will warm up for the Rugby Championship by playing a club rugby game.
Flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc has been given a World Cup boost, despite being overlooked for France's tour to Australia.
Steffon Armitage will not play for England this season, but coach Stuart Lancaster said it was possible he could be recalled for the World Cup.
Eddie Jone's Brave Blossoms have qualified for the 2015 rugby World Cup by thrashing Hong Kong 49-8 in Tokyo.