World Rugby has moved to substantially tighten the criteria under which a player from one country can qualify to play for another, extending the required period of eligibility from three to five years.
Leinster and Ireland prop Mike Ross announced on Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the season.
New Zealand's prime minister on Monday criticised All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams' decision to block out a sponsor's logo on his shirt apparently for religious reasons.
A landmark concussion lawsuit by a former National Rugby League player has rocked Australia's sporting community and could have far-reaching consequences for how the condition is diagnosed and treated.
New Zealand-born wing Denny Solomona has revealed he would like to play for England after switching codes to play rugby union for Sale.
Melbourne Storm and Sydney Roosters remained the only unbeaten teams after three rounds of the National Rugby League on Sunday.
England fly-half George Ford urged rugby chiefs to outlaw the spoiling tactics employed by Italy at Twickenham on Sunday, saying they had the potential to "kill the game".
The Christchurch, New Zealand-based Crusaders won their opening match in Super Rugby for the first time in seven years when they survived a poor second half to beat the ACT Brumbies 17-13 on Saturday.
They won only once at the Asian Women's Rugby Sevens in Laos last weekend but for the Pakistan women it was a dream debut at an international event.
Dan Vickerman, who played 63 rugby tests for Australia, has died at his home in Sydney. He was 37.