England's Six Nations squad suffers further disruption as head coach Eddie Jones replaces Sam Underhill with Wasps' Jack Willis due to injury.
Italy head coach Franco Smith has named a 32-man squad for the Six Nations, but will be without star full-back Matteo Minozzi after the Wasps player opted out of the tournament.
England will be without two of their most experienced forwards for the Six Nations with Joe Launchbury and Joe Marler both ruled out.
Ireland included Tadhg Furlong in their squad for this year's Six Nations as coach Andy Farrell said he was ready to join the group despite last playing almost a year ago.
England have called up Wasps' Paolo Odogwu and Bristol Bears' Harry Randall ahead of the Six Nations but there is no place in the squad for Jonathan Joseph.
Australian rugby great David Pocock believes sport cannot insulate itself from the effects of climate change, saying "if we don't up our ambition and start to deal with this as the emergency the scientists are telling us it is, then we're cooked."
Jake Gordon can lean on just one game of captaincy experience after taking over the leadership of a NSW Waratahs squad banking on youthful talent to offset big losses.
Paul Gustard joined Harlequins in May 2018 and led the side to a sixth-place finish in the interrupted 2019-20 campaign, however he will leave the London club with immediate effect.
Scotland have included Bath centre Cameron Redpath in their 35-man squad for the Six Nations after winning a potential tug-of-war with England for the player.
Head coach Wayne Pivac has a number of surprise selections in his Wales Six Nations squad, including uncapped Scarlets backrow Josh Macleod and loose-forward Dan Lydiate.
England's Eddie Jones will miss the first day of the Six Nations training camp after coming in contact with coach Matt Proudfoot who returned a positive COVID-19 test.
South Africa are open to "all options" to play the British & Irish Lions and are willing to travel to the United Kingdom to make sure the series goes ahead, director of rugby Rassie Erasmus said on Monday.
Cash-strapped Rugby Australia has thrown up the prospect of hosting a mini World Cup during the Southern Hemisphere winter in what would be a huge boost to rugby-starved fans.
Wales fullback Liam Williams will miss their opening Six Nations match after being handed a three-game ban following his red card in Scarlets' defeat by Cardiff Blues last week in the PRO14.
Premiership Rugby chief executive Darren Childs has said the final two rounds of the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup will be cancelled.
The sight of the Queensland Reds' prized recruit Suliasi Vunivalu prowling on the wing at Ballymore has instantly excited Wallabies playmaker James O'Connor.
Australian Super Rugby teams have chosen to reduce trial matches to just one each ahead of the Super Rugby AU season kick-off in February due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Women's Six Nations has been postponed until the spring or summer as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the world's sporting calendar.
Bristol Bears and England prop Kyle Sinckler is set to miss the start of the Six Nations after being banned for two weeks from rugby for swearing at a referee.
The French government said it needs guarantees from England and Ireland that it is safe for the national rugby union team to travel for Six Nations matches.
The European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup have been temporarily suspended after the French government recommended that games against British clubs be postponed amid the COVID-19 crisis.
The NSW Waratahs have bolstered their backline stocks with the signing of former Brisbane NRL star Izaia Perese for the 2021 Super Rugby season.
Melbourne Rebels are the latest sports team to get caught up in border mayhem with five Super Rugby players left in training limbo.
French rugby federation president Bernard Laporte remains optimistic that the Six Nations will go ahead as scheduled despite the COVID-19 crisis.