Flags flew at half-mast Monday in the southern Irish province of Munster as books of condolence were opened across Ireland with the country reeling from the sudden death of rugby great Anthony Foley.
A Fiji team will join Australia's National Rugby Championship in 2017, laying the platform for a potential future push for a Pacific island team in Super Rugby.
Champions Adelaide United began their A-League title defense with a draw Sunday during a record-breaking first weekend of the Australian competition.
England coach Eddie Jones insisted it wasn't the "end of the road" for Danny Cipriani after the fly-half was left out of a 37-man training squad announced Friday.
Burly Fiji wing Nemani Nadolo scored a hat-trick of tries as Montpellier thumped Brive 42-13 to earn a bonus point that took them up to second in the French Top 14.
The All Blacks' easy canter to the Rugby Championship crown has triggered concerns in New Zealand about the state of the international game, amid claims their dominance is unhealthy.
Former All Black Filo Tiatia will take over from countryman Mark Hammett as head coach of Japan's Sunwolves Super Rugby side, league officials said on Monday.
Skipper Adriaan Strauss said Friday the Springboks had plans to make sure Australia's Michael Hooper and David Pocock don't dominate the breakdown in Saturday's Rugby Championship Test.
Australia coach Michael Cheika has made two changes to his starting lineup for Saturday's Rugby Championship test against South Africa, hoping for a reversal of form to end the Wallabies' six-test losing streak.
Warren Gatland warned any potential British and Irish Lions players and staff who doubted they can beat the All Blacks next year to put their hands up now.