New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has defended the special treatment given to serial code-hopper Sonny Bill Williams.
Tournament organisers are confident a brewing row between the RFU and Premiership clubs won't overshadow next year's World Cup.
EXCLUSIVE: World Cup-winning Bok Kobus Wiese speaks to rugby365 about his concerns, following SA's opening Rugby Championship matches.
English Premiership clubs are threatening to play through the World Cup next year unless are compensated over 140 million Pounds.
BREAKING NEWS: Tournament hosts England will have an additional advantage, as they bid to win the 2015 World Cup.
VIDEO: Former Springbok coach Ian MacIntosh and World Cup-winning former Bok hooker Gary Botha share their views.
Russia will look to post a convincing victory over Uruguay in the first leg of their 2015 World Cup play-off in Siberia.
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