Inaugural Western Force squad member Pek Cowan has re-signed with the franchise for a further two seasons.
Stephen Moore will remain with the Brumbies beyond the 2015 World Cup, after announcing a one-year contract extension on Monday.
INTERVIEW: New Director of Rugby Gary Gold said that leading the Sharks was beyond his wildest dreams.
Singapore presented an attractive bid in the hope of becoming Super Rugby's 18th team but fell short at the final hurdle after SANZAR decided to award it to Japan.
Japan is the preferred option over Singapore to expand the Super Rugby competition in 2016, NZRU CEO Steve Tew said
NEWS: The Sharks have made two key appointments - Gary Gold as Director of Rugby and Brendan Venter as Technical Director.
Japan has all but secured their place in Super Rugby from 2016. According to reports Singapore has effectively thrown in the towel.
EXCLUSIVE: Former Springbok assistant coach Gary Gold is set to return to South Africa, to take up a top job at the Sharks.
The Highlanders have added Tasman flyhalf Marty Banks, experienced lock Alex Ainley and Taranaki flyer Waisake Naholo to their 2015 Super Rugby squad.