The ACT Brumbies and Durban-based Sharks are the only unbeaten teams in Super Rugby after a third round which posed new questions about the strength of New Zealand teams.
Argentina's Jaguares made a winning debut in Super Rugby but the other newcomers, Japan's Sunwolves and South Africa's Kings, lost in the weekend's opening round as did both of last year's finalists.
Captain Sam Cane scored from a lineout drive in the 77th minute to clinch the Chiefs' 27-21 win over the Crusaders Saturday in the first round of Super Rugby.
England coach Eddie Jones cast doubt on the wisdom of Ireland selecting Johnny Sexton for the teams' Six Nations match on Saturday, saying the flyhalf's parents would be concerned about his health problems.
Squeezing past Italy is one thing for France; beating Six Nations champion Ireland is quite another.
Joe Webber scored a try after the hooter to lift New Zealand over South Africa 24-21 in Sunday's final of the Wellington leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series, defending the title won on home soil last year.
English giants Leicester and Saracens stormed into the European Champions Cup quarterfinals on Saturday, securing crucial home ties in the process.
Inaki Williams is not the type of soccer player you would expect to see at Athletic Bilbao, the traditional Spanish club which only fields players from Bilbao and its neighboring Basque regions.
Saracens continued their perfect start to the season with a dominant eight-try rout of overmatched French outfit Oyonnax in the European Champions Cup on Saturday.
Japanese rugby pin-up Ayumu Goromaru, one of the stars of the World Cup, is set to strike fear into opponents after being made a certified "Master of Ninjas."