After recording a clean sweep in their four-match programme in March, Canada’s best young talent now contest the World Rugby u20 Trophy in Lisbon.
A new addition to the Rugby Canada calendar, and a very welcome one at that, is the imminent Pacific Challenge taking part in Fiji over the next two weeks.
It’s same again for Wales as Warren Gatland trots out a highly predictable squad for the Six Nations, and sadly once more there is no place for Adam Jones.
Philippe Saint-André has bucked the trend with a reasonably consistent group to the ones rolled out in November, but it’s a bad time to be named Maxime.
Rampaging winger Giovanbattista Venditti returns to the Azzurri in one of several changes to the initial Italian offering for the upcoming Six Nations.
Like their Fijian cousins, the Ikale Tahi have rolled out most of their big guns for their end of year tour, with one name bigger than all the rest.
Head coach John McKee has called up three new faces to the Flying Fijians ahead of their European tour, including the Top 14’s leading try scorer Alipate Ratini.
A few new faces and a couple golden old ones have popped up in Mike Tolkin’s selections for the All Blacks match in Chicago and the upcoming European tour.
The new season of the IRB Sevens circuit kicks off in the Gold Coast tonight, and with Olympic qualification on the menu it promises to be the toughest yet.
It’s a largely predictable side picked by Canada to take part in Langford, but there were a couple surprises, including one unexpected blast from the past.