A revamped France beat Italy 36-5 at home on Saturday to top Autumn Nations Cup Group B and set up a bizarre final with England next weekend.
England did just about enough to subdue a spirited but limited Wales with a 24-13 victory in Llanelli on Saturday.
The All Blacks have all but secured the Tri Nations title following a 38-0 bonus-point victory over Argentina in Newcastle.
The All Blacks know they must be more disciplined if they're to overturn their shock loss to the Pumas this Saturday, but coach Ian Foster has also taken umbrage at how World Rugby is treating niggle and retaliation.
The Wallabies and Pumas have sought advice from some of rugby league's best, utilizing the services of NRL great Andrew Johns and current NSW Origin star Nathan Cleary respectively on Thursday.
Former Wallabies captain Stephen Moore has come out in fierce defence of current skipper Michael Hooper after the Australian No. 7 was the subject of stinging criticism following the 15-all draw with Argentina last weekend.
Fly-half Billy Burns has been handed a first start for Ireland as they take on Georgia in their final Autumn Nations Cup Group A clash in Dublin on Sunday, while uncapped centre Shane Daly has been included on the bench.
Wales handed a rare start to scrum-half Lloyd Williams and kept flanker James Botham in their lineup as they named their team to face England in the Autumn Nations Cup in Llanelli on Saturday.
France coach Fabien Galthie has named five debutants in a much-changed XV for their Autumn Nations Cup clash with Italy on Saturday.
George Ford will start at fly-half for England against Wales in Llanelli on Saturday, with captain Owen Farrell joining Henry Slade in the centre.
The Pumas will be heavy hearted as they enter their must-win clash with the All Blacks following the death of Argentine football star Diego Maradona, but coach Mario Ledesma says Maradona will be watching from above.
All Blacks coach Ian Foster has shuffled his forward pack for Saturday's Tri-Nations rematch with Argentina, after the Pumas pulled off one of the year's great upsets just a fortnight ago in Newcastle.
Australian women's rugby sevens star Charlotte Caslick has committed to the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo as she continues her recovery from back fractures that cut short her NRLW cameo.
Under-pressure New Zealand coach Ian Foster has ramped up the niggle at training ahead of Saturday's rematch with Argentina to weed out All Blacks' ill-discipline that led to rare back-to-back losses.
Former New Zealand captain Tana Umaga is enthusiastic about the potential of a Pasifika Super Rugby side entering the competition in 2022 after he revealed the invitational squad to face the Maori All Blacks next month.
Flanker Jack Willis, winger Anthony Watson and hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie have been included in Eddie Jones's extended 25-man squad to face Wales in the Nations Cup on Saturday, but centre Ollie Lawrence will miss the game with a hip injury.
Former France and Stade Francais winger Christophe Dominici has died aged 48.
Tom Lynagh, the teenage son of former Wallabies great Michael Lynagh, has signed a Super Rugby deal with the Queensland Reds.
All Blacks lock Patrick Tuipulotu moved to dampen criticism of the side on Monday following back-to-back defeats in the Tri-Nations, saying their own expectations are higher than those from outside the team.
England head coach Eddie Jones has said a meeting with Premier League champions Liverpool inspired Jonny May's sensational try against Ireland.