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Rugby-Wallaby Higginbotham cleared of police charges

MELBOURNE, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Australia loose forward Scott Higginbotham has been cleared of charges of obstructing police on a night out in Brisbane.

Rugby-Cronje ruled out of Springboks team with virus

AUCKLAND, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Springboks scrumhalf Ross Cronje has been forced out of the side for Saturday's Rugby Championship test against the All Blacks by a stomach virus.

Rugby-Eden Park or Albany? It's all the same to the Springboks

AUCKLAND, Sept 15 (Reuters) - All Blacks-Springboks clashes have special place in the history of test rugby but talk of traditions, past records and ground hoodoos means little when the players cross the whitewash, according to South Africa skipper Eben Etzebeth.

John Smit says Saracens hooker Jamie George is 'the real deal'

Former South Africa captain John Smit says Saracens and England hooker Jamie George is "the real deal".

Rhys Priestland: Bath fly-half would be 'surprised' to play for Wales again

Bath fly-half Rhys Priestland does not expect to play for Wales again after winning his last cap in 2016.

Rugby-Two Leinster players denied entry to South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Two players from Irish club Leinster, travelling to South Africa for their first PRO14 match in the country, were refused entry because they did not have the required visa, the club said on Thursday...

Premiership: Northampton Saints v Bath

Team news as Northampton Saints host Bath in Friday's Premiership fixture at Franklin's Gardens (19:45 BST).

PRO14 Round 3: Edinburgh v Treviso

Edinburgh go into this one 2 from 2 and hoping for another confidence inspiring win at Myreside before the tougher challenges of the season begin. The post PRO14 Round 3: Edinburgh v Treviso appeared first on Scottish Rugby Blog.

Premiership: Sale Sharks v London Irish

Team news as Sale Sharks host London Irish in Friday's Premiership fixture at AJ Bell Stadium (20:00 BST).

Premiership: Worcester Warriors v Exeter Chiefs

Team news as Worcester Warriors host Exeter Chiefs in Friday's Premiership fixture at Sixways (19:45 BST).

FACTBOX-Rugby-Australia v Argentina - Rugby Championship test

Sept 14 (Reuters) - Factbox on Rugby Championship test between Australia and Argentina:

PREVIEW-Rugby-Rebuilding Wallabies, Pumas desperate for maiden win

SYDNEY, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Australia and Argentina are in the process of rebuilding towards the 2019 World Cup but test rugby is a results-based business and both will be desperate for a first Rugby Championship win of the season when they meet in Canberra on Saturday.

FACTBOX-Rugby-New Zealand v South Africa - Rugby Championship test

AUCKLAND, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Factbox on Rugby Championship test between New Zealand and South Africa on Saturday:

PREVIEW-South African revival faces first big test against All Blacks

AUCKLAND, Sept 14 (Reuters) - South Africa's revival in the world rugby pecking order will face its first true test when they take on the All Blacks in their Rugby Championship match at North Harbour Stadium on Saturday.

UPDATE 1-Rugby-Australia omit Moore, Koroibete set for debut

SYDNEY, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Australia coach Michael Cheika made two personnel changes to his matchday squad for Saturday's Rugby Championship clash against Argentina but left former captain Stephen Moore out of the 23 for the Canberra test.

UPDATE 1-Rugby-Dreyer named to start at tighthead prop for Springboks

Coach reminds players of tiny margins needed to win (Adds details, quotes)

Rugby-Australia team to play Argentina

SYDNEY, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Australia coach Michael Cheika on Thursday named the following team to play Argentina in Saturday's Rugby Championship test in Canberra:

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