European Professional Club Rugby chief executive Vincent Gaillard says South African teams will not be in the Champions Cup next season.
French club Grenoble have bolstered their strength in the back row after announcing the signing of former Lions loose forward Marnus Schoeman.
The Blues ran in five second-half tries to continue New Zealand’s dominant start to Super Rugby Trans-Tasman with a 50-3 win over the Rebels in Melbourne on Saturday.
Brumbies flyhalf Noah Lolesio missed a last-gasp conversion as they slumped to a 31-29 defeat by the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday, continuing the trend of New Zealand victories over their Australian counterparts in the Trans-Tasman competition.
Quade Cooper kicked the game-winning conversion as the Reds repeated their 2011 heroics and stunned the 2000 Crusaders 22-20 in Game 6 of the Greatest Super Rugby Team tournament.
The Hurricanes prevailed in a 17-try shootout blighted by more than 50 missed tackles to beat the Waratahs 64-48 at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.
The Highlanders highlighted an early discrepancy in quality between Trans-Tasman foes as they hammered Australia’s AU champions, the Reds, 40-19 on Friday.
SA Rugby president Mark Alexander has addressed the lack of transformation at provincial level after only three unions managed to achieve the set targets last season.
New Zealand Rugby has accused the players association for attempting to ‘destroy’ the Silver Lake deal by publicly sharing a counter-proposal made by a local company.
Bookmakers have all but written off the chances of Australian teams against their New Zealand counterparts when the new Super Rugby Trans-Tasman tournament kicks off on Friday.