Billionaire mining tycoon Andrew Forrest will set up a rebel competition spanning the Indo-Pacific region after Australia's Western Force lost their court appeal to remain in Super Rugby.
Julian Savea is staying with the Hurricanes.
The ARU's decision to reject Andrew Forrest's $50 million offer will hurt grassroots rugby all over Australia, according to the Rugby Union Players' Association.
Otago fullback Michael Collins has joined fellow Blues outside backs Matt Duffie and Melani Nanai in signing extended contracts with the Auckland-based franchise.
Julian Savea's future at the Hurricanes is uncertain.
Christian Lealiifano has admitted he thought he would never play rugby again.
The Western Force have won an injunction order against the Australian Rugby Union's decision to axe the team from Super Rugby, a team spokesman said on Monday.
The Australian Rugby Union has decided to axe the Perth-based Western Force team from Super Rugby.
A record eighth title for the Crusaders will do nothing to remove the question marks over the future of the Super Rugby competition.
The Crusaders are known for their incisive attack, but coach Scott Robertson says it was the defence that won them an eighth Super Rugby title at Ellis Park overnight.
The Crusaders have ended their nine long years without a title to claim the Super Rugby championship.
When a team travels to every match like the Crusaders did after the Canterbury earthquakes of 2011, playing away holds few fears.
Scott Robertson has named an unchanged Crusaders match-day squad for the Super Rugby final against the Lions.
South Africa’s Cheetahs and Southern Kings will join an expanded northern hemisphere PRO14 competition for the new season, Celtic Rugby said.
Otago has suffered a massive blow ahead of their Mitre 10 Cup campaign with hooker Liam Coltman being ruled out for the season with an ankle injury.
The Crusaders have to do what no team has ever done before if they want to lift the Super Rugby trophy for an eighth time.
The Crusaders' reward for their gutsy semifinal victory over the Chiefs is a flight to Johannesburg to play the Lions in the final; the good news for them is that No8 Kieran Read has made it too.
South Africa's Lions mounted a fantastic second-half comeback to roar into the Super Rugby final with a 44-29 victory over the Hurricanes at Ellis Park.
It will clearly take a mighty effort from anyone wanting to prevent the Crusaders claiming their eighth title.
Highlander's loose forward Gareth Evans has signed with the Hurricanes for the next two years.