Queensland Reds coach Brad Thorn is still to decide whether club favourite James Slipper has a place at the club after being suspended for drug use.
The Queensland Reds have let a win slip from their grasp at Suncorp Stadium, with poor kicking to blame in their 18-15 Super Rugby loss to the Highlanders.
The NSW Waratahs have been denied back-to-back wins against Kiwi opponents, going down 39-27 in an epic Super Rugby battle in Hamilton.
Tries have been scarce this Super Rugby season for Marika Koroibete but he has reminded Test selectors of his finishing with a hat-trick against the Sunwolves.
Melbourne have secured 40-13 bonus-point win over the Sunwolves to stay in touch with the Waratahs, who lead the Australian Super Rugby conference.
Methodical rugby has handed the Crusaders a 24-13 win over the Hurricanes in a table-topping Super Rugby arm wrestle.
Interim coach John Manenti is hopeful of securing the long-term reins of Australia's women's sevens squad, having piloted them since April's Commonwealth Games.
Queensland captain Scott Higginbotham is confident the suspension of good mate James Slipper for cocaine use won't influence the side's performance on Saturday.
A SANZAAR judiciary has banned Highlanders winger Tevita Nabura for six weeks following his dangerous and "misguided" high kick against the Waratahs.
Queensland Reds captain Scott Higginbotham says teammate and friend James Slipper's cocaine use came as a shock despite their close relationship.
James Slipper's future at the Queensland Reds is in limbo after the off-contract prop copped a two-month suspension for cocaine use.
Rugby Australia says its focus is on James Slipper's health and wellbeing after the Wallabies prop was slapped with a two-month ban over positive drug tests.
Former Queensland and Australian fullback Greg Martin believes James Slipper's suspension for drug use isn't a direct reflection on the Super Rugby club.
NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson can scarcely fathom Israel Folau's ability to shut out off-field controversy and play arguably the best rugby of his career.
Reece Hodge deserves a chance to start at five-eighth, says Melbourne coach Dave Wessels, who wants to rest Jack Debreczeni against Super Rugby's Sunwolves.
A possible future Wallabies lock combination will start for the Queensland Reds when Harry Hockings joins Izack Rodda to pack down against the Highlanders.
Wallabies prop and Queensland Reds skipper James Slipper has been suspended by Rugby Australia for two months for a positive cocaine test.
Despite age and injury being against him, veteran Brumbies hooker Josh Mann-Rea has declared he'll play Super Rugby next season at 38.