MELBOURNE, Aug 23 (Reuters) - The Supreme Court of New South Wales has granted Western Force leave to appeal against their axing from Super Rugby, the governing Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said on Wednesday.
Saracens begin their defence of the Champions Cup at Northampton on 15 October, while Premiership champions Exeter host Glasgow.
Ireland are beaten 36-24 by Australia in their Women's Rugby World Cup fifth place semi-final at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.
England captain Sarah Hunter says World Cup semi-final opponents France will give the defending champions "one hell of a game".
The final of the inaugural Pro14 will be staged at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin next year.
MELBOURNE, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Only days after the Wallabies were belted by the All Blacks on home soil, Australian rugby is bracing for another bruising when Western Force fights for its survival in a Sydney court on Wednesday.
WELLINGTON, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Downcast Australian fans, who are concerned about the dramatic decline of their side, need only to look to the All Blacks of 2007 to realise the tide will eventually turn, assistant Wallabies coach Mick Byrne said on Tuesday.
Aug 22 (Reuters) - Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola could miss the first month of the Premiership season as he continues his recovery after shoulder surgery, the club's director of rugby Mark McCall has said.
WELLINGTON, Aug 22 (Reuters) - New Zealand hooker Dane Coles is expected to make his return to test rugby on Saturday against Australia in their Rugby Championship, ending a frustrating five months battling injury.
WELLINGTON, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Southern hemisphere rugby's governing body (SANZAAR) is looking into whether medical officials should have conducted concussion tests on New Zealand centre Sonny Bill Williams during Saturday's Rugby Championship opener against Australia.
Saracens could be without England back-row Billy Vunipola for the first month of the Premiership season as he recovers from shoulder surgery.
Wales select the same starting XV to face Canada in the Women's Rugby World Cup play-offs that lost to their opponents in the pool stage.
Injuries to Gordon Reid and Phil Burleigh lead to call-ups for Murray McCallum and Matt Scott to Scotland's training camp in St Andrews.
The addition of the Southern Kings and the Cheetahs into an expanded Pro14 will ensure even more "open and attacking rugby" in the coming seasons says the competition's chief.
Ulster's team manager Bryn Cunningham says the Irish Province earmarked Christian Lealiifano as their preferred choice after it became clear that they needed fly-half cover.