Despite being axed as Wallabies skipper, James Horwill will not reliquish captaincy of the Reds according to coach Richard Graham.
New Sharks forwards coach Paul Anthony believes that the Jake White era at Kings Park will be characterised by good old fashioned hard work.
The NZRU look to have given the green light for the Chiefs to head to France in February to play Toulon.
New Rebels recruit Tom Sexton has injured the ACL Ligament in his right knee during pre-season, and is destined for a long stint on the sidelines.
Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth is unlikely to feature for the Stormers next year.
Record-breaking wing Bjorn Basson has extended his contract with the Bulls and will be available for the Pretoria franchise until the end of October 2016.
The Barbarians have suffered a setback, with confirmation that Springbok lock Flip van der Merwe has withdrawn from the team to play Fiji.
A group of contracted Western Province players have begun with pre-season training at the High Performance Centre in Bellville.
Western Force inside centre Kyle Godwin has returned to team training, following shoulder surgery at the end of the 2013 Super Rugby season.
New Sharks director of Rugby Jake White believes Patrick Lambie has been "messed around" for far too long, and will play flyhalf for the Sharks.