It had been earmaked as a potential Grand Final preview and virtual Wallabies trial and the Brumbies-Reds clash in Canberra certainly didn't disappoint, the performance of a dynamic Reds duo in particular.
Finlay Christie scored an early try in each half as the Blues beat the Highlanders in their Super Rugby Aotearoa clash in Dunedin to keep the race for the domestic title still alive.
The Canterbury Crusaders bounced back from their first loss of the competition and put one hand on the Super Rugby Aotearoa trophy on Saturday with a 32-19 victory over the Waikato Chiefs in Hamilton.
NSW Waratahs captain Rob Simmons will be departing the club for overseas opportunities at the end of the Super Rugby AU season, the team confirmed on Friday.
Western Force coach Tim Sampson said on Thursday his team needs to beat the Melbourne Rebels for the fans in Western Australia who still feel aggrieved by the Perth side's expulsion from Super Rugby three years ago.
The whirlwind chase for Joseph Suaalii may have disappointed Australian rugby fans both for the way it occurred and its likely end result. But it is no good holding onto that anger, particularly when Jordan Petaia has been named to make his return.
There has never been a more important NRL Indigenous Round, certainly it has never come at a more pivotal and tumultuous time in Australia's history.
The rugby world has fallen for Super Rugby Aotearoa. But so too are New Zealand's players, who are getting injured in increasing numbers. It has revealed an unlikely bargaining chip for Rugby Australia, Sam Bruce writes.
The NRL would consider bending its own rules to allow Joseph Suaalii to play first grade at only 17 as reports suggest the talented teenager will indeed sign with South Sydney on an upgraded offer.
The COVID-19 pandemic has all but crushed Super Rugby's hopes of a quick recovery in 2021.
Rob Penney has confirmed he addressed some Waratahs unrest amid Rugby Australia's pursuit of Joseph Suaalii, but that those concerns have been allayed and the franchise is now excited by what the teenager could bring to the team as early as this year.
Rugby Australia boss Rob Clarke has taken another shot at sections of Australia's rugby league media amid the contract tug-o-war for Joseph Suaalii, as the code attempts to keep the talented multi-sport athlete in the 15-man game.
South African rugby will not be left without high-level provincial and international competition because of coronavirus-related concerns, national union chief executive Jurie Roux says.
Brumbies fly-half Noh Lolesio has been ruled out for up to eight weeks after he suffered a hamstring injury during the Brumbies 24-23 win over the Waratahs on Saturday night in Sydney.
Former Wallabies star Will Genia wants new coach Dave Rennie to back the youth in Australian rugby by throwing a new halves pairing into the Test arena at his first opportunity.
Melbourne Rebels Chief Executive Baden Stephenson is "extremely confident" they will feature in whatever competition emerges from the remains of Super Rugby amid criticism that their sub-par performances and crowd numbers do not merit inclusion.
With another week in the books, Aussie rugby fans were given a real look at who are the contenders and who are the pretenders after the Brumbies kept a clean sheet against the Force, while the Waratahs looked woeful against the Rebels.
New Zealand Rugby hopes to set up a new competition involving "eight to ten" teams after it unveiled the major findings of its Aratipu review on Friday, with the establishment of a Pacific Island outfit a key objective.
There has been no shortage of mud-slinging on either side of the Tasman, and it may yet prove that NZ Rugby are uninterested in five Australian teams. That would leave Rugby Australia in a tricky position once more, with plenty of things to consider.
After three rounds the top of the leader board is beginning to cramp with the Reds holding a one point lead over the Brumbies, but with Queensland sitting out Round 4 with a bye, the Brumbies have the perfect opportunity to move into top spot.
After dour wet weather rugby last week, teams will be hoping for dry, quick surfaces in Round 3 as the Reds look to consolidate their place at the top of the table while the Brumbies aim to retake the lead.
The Reds' visit to Canberra headlines Round 5 of Super Rugby AU, with the competition's two form teams going head-to-head in a match that carries several key Wallabies battles.
Australia's rugby sevens program has received a huge boost from the Australian Institute of Sport [AIS] with the government body set to provide Rugby Australia with a one-off funding grant.
Sydney, July 15th, 2000. The Wallabies and All Blacks produced a Bledisloe Cup match that would go onto be known as the "Greatest Test ever played". Twenty years on to the day, the script remains almost as unbelievable as it was back then.
Former World Cup-winning All Black Richard Kahui has made a surprise return to southern hemisphere rugby by signing with Western Force in Australia's domestic Super Rugby AU competition.
- AUS2ndTries Scored 1st South Africa : 11 Tries ScoredSA1st911
- AUS2ndPoints Difference 1st South Africa : 51 Points DifferenceSA1st951