Former Wales captain and hooker Matthew Rees signs a new contract with Cardiff Blues after turning down an offer to join Merthyr.
Sir Stanley Thomas hopes his investment in his hometown's rugby club will help revive Merthyr Tydfil's image following a controversial TV documentary.
Bath centre Ben Williams is forced to retire from rugby because of an ongoing shoulder injury.
Australia score a late try to beat South Africa 24-20 in their opening game of the Rugby Championship 2015.
Glasgow Warriors sign former Newcastle fly-half Rory Clegg and three Scottish club rugby players on short-term deals.
Champions Glasgow Warriors meet Scarlets when the Pro12 re-starts; Ospreys will play Ulster with all regions missing World Cup players.
The Japanese government scraps its stadium design for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, saying it will "start over from zero", following criticism over rising costs.
Northampton Saints full-back Ben Foden says he is hopeful of an England World Cup call after returning to training.
New Zealand claim a comfortable 39-18 victory over Argentina in their opening Rugby Championship match at Christchurch.
Wales and Scarlets prop Rhodri Jones is out of the start of the Rugby World Cup and could miss the entire tournament with injury.
Premiership champions Saracens sign hooker Dave Porecki on a short-term contract to act as cover during the World Cup.
Edinburgh hooker Stuart McInally is training to be a pilot as he bids to win a place in Scotland's World Cup squad.
Wasps back rower Guy Thompson says Jimmy Gopperth's arrival can help the Premiership side cope with the loss of Andy Goode.
Taqele Naiyaravoro "will join Glasgow Warriors" - at least for a year - amid speculation about a U-turn.
New Zealand-born flanker John Hardie is called into Scotland's training squad ahead of the World Cup.
John Hardie joins Scotland squad. Roddy Grant's head explodes.
New Bristol wing Tom Varndell is certain the club will win promotion to the Premiership this season.
Lawrence Dallaglio believes rugby league convert Sam Burgess may force his way into the England World Cup squad.
The Welsh Premiership squads from Wales's four Pro12 sides will represent the principality in this season's British & Irish Cup.
Matt Scott hopes he has overcome the curse of the Scotland centres to become a stronger player for the World Cup.