The Highlanders revealed that Japanese international Fumiaki Tanaka will be returning to play for the Dunedin-based franchise in 2015.
World Cup-winning All Black back row forward Adam Thomson has become the latest high-profile signing by the Reds.
All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter has, one again, returned to the sidelines after bruising his calf during a provincial match for Canterbury.
The Golden Lions Rugby Union have secured the services of their successful coach, Johan Ackermann, for at least another two years.
The Highlanders have signed South African journeyman Ross Geldenhuys as they went on a buying spree ahead of the 2015 Super Rugby season.
Jake White has stepped down as Director of rugby at the Sharks as he goes in search of an international opportunity.
One of the longest serving CEOs in NSW history, Jason Allen, has announced his decision to move on from the organisation, following four years at the helm.
Ged Robinson has signed a two-year deal with the Crusaders, the hooker having left the Highlanders after one season.
The Crusaders will host their first pre-season game of 2015 in Timaru on January 24 - a South Island derby against the Highlanders.
BREAKING NEWS: The seven-time champions Crusaders will kick off the 2015 Super Rugby campaign against the Melbourne Rebels, at home.