Replacement Will Miller scored a 77th-minute try as the Brumbies held off a fast-finishing Melbourne Rebels to record a 31-23 victory in Super Rugby AU in Canberra on Saturday.
Dan Carter gave himself a pass mark after his first game of rugby in New Zealand since 2015 but was not expecting to make a marketers' dream debut for the Blues next week against the Crusaders.
The Crusaders relentlessly ground down the Highlanders to record a 40-20 victory in their Super Rugby Aotearoa clash in Dunedin on Saturday, the hosts counting the cost of one golden opportunity blown.
English Premiership clubs are permitted to resume close contact training next week, the Professional Game Board (PGB) said on Friday.
Queensland Reds' long wait for a win over the Waratahs is over after Brad Thorn's side held their nerve inside the closing minutes to close out a 32-26 win, their first over NSW in 11 games.
New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett will miss Super Rugby next year and play for Suntory Sungoliath in Japan's Top League, but he will be available for the three-times world champions' international programme, the Blues said on Friday.
Super Rugby AU at last launches on Friday night after it looked at one stage that there might be no rugby in Australia at all. And the competition has an added challenge outside of the COVID-19 pandemic: Making the 15-man game exciting again.
Leicester Tigers have confirmed England centre Manu Tuilagi has left the Gallagher Premiership club after opting not to sign a new contract on reduced terms in line with the league's revised salary cap rules.
Crusaders captain Scott Barrett could be out of action for up to four months after undergoing foot surgery, his coach Scott Robertson said.
Former All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter will make a return to his native Canterbury for his first rugby game in New Zealand since 2015 at the weekend.
Former South Africa player Chiliboy Ralepelle has been handed a career-ending eight-year ban for doping, some 18 months after testing positive for a banned substance, South Africa's Institute for Drug-free Sport said on Wednesday.
Rugby Australia has struck an interim pay deal with the Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) that will see players looked after until the end of the Super Rugby AU season.
The oldest rivalry in Australian rugby will have a distinctly vibrant look about it when the latest chapter is written on Friday night. In a new competition, amid dark times, the presence of youth shines through.