Saracens have apologised for the "mistakes" made in relation to the salary cap regulations and accepted their imposed relegation from the English Premiership.
NSW Waratahs have defeated the Highlanders 40-21 in a Super Rugby trial at Sydney's Leichhardt Oval with teenager Mark Nawaqanitawase playing a starring role.
Filipo Daugunu scored five tries but a red card meant Queensland coach Brad Thorn was hardly complementary despite a big Super Rugby trial defeat of Melbourne.
Nick Malouf replaces Lewis Holland as captain of the Australian rugby sevens outfit as coach Tim Walsh yearns more consistency ahead of the Olympic Games.
The Brumbies have lost 157 Test caps in David Pocock, Christian Lealiifano, Henry Speight, Rory Arnold and Sam Carter during the Super Rugby off-season.
Coming off the equivalent of back-to-back pre-seasons after a knee injury, Karmichael Hunt will lead the NSW Waratahs in their first 2020 rugby trial.
Returning Queensland Reds talent James O'Connor will play in Friday's trial against the Melbourne Rebels in Gladstone on Friday.
Johnny Sexton has been appointed Ireland captain for the Six Nations, while new head coach Andy Farrell has named five uncapped players in his 35-man squad.
Nick Tompkins and 18-year-old winger Louis Rees-Zammit and three other uncapped players have been named in Wales' squad for rugby's Six Nations.
Former NSW and Australia rugby league representative Phil Bailey wants the Waratahs to display more aggression and dominant tackling in their defence.
Former Wallabies skipper Ben Mowen has moved into the coaching ranks and will work with the Junior Wallabies forwards in 2020.
Melbourne Rebels recruit Andrew Kellaway says he's disappointed by the departure of Jack Maddocks even if it helps him break into their Super Rugby line-up.
Angus Blyth is one of many vying for a start in the Queensland Reds backrow, and hopes to press his case in a Super Rugby trial against the Rebels on Friday.
Rio gold medallist Chloe Dalton will return to rugby sevens after the AFLW season and launch a late bid to be part of the Australia's title defence in Tokyo.
Rugby journeyman and new NSW Waratahs hooker Robbie Abel expects to be a calming voice to the youngsters on the Super Rugby team.
World Rugby have introduced a set of law amendments which will be trialled at various tournaments this year in a bid to improve player safety.
They've lost half a dozen Wallabies, but the NSW Waratahs are still setting the bar high and determined to create new standards in 2020.
Rugby World Cup semi-finalists and Six Nations champions Wales will travel to play Japan and the All Blacks in June and July in three Tests.
Returning playmaker Aaron Cruden wants to bring success to the Chiefs in Super Rugby and insists the All Blacks aren't on his radar.