Super Rugby and The Rugby Championship will this season adopt the Law Amendments that were announced by World Rugby in July 2017 prior to the start of the 2017/2018 northern hemisphere season. The amendments relate to the scrum (Law 20), tackle (Law 15) and ruck (Law 16).
SANZAAR has announced the referee team that will officiate the 2018 Super Rugby season. With the Super Rugby tournament format reducing to 120 regular season matches this season the referee team has been reduced from 19 to 17 referees.
Former World Cup-winning All Black Brad Thorn has been appointed the Reds new head coach. The Queensland Rugby Union has announced it has agreed to part ways with Reds head coach Nick Stiles, effectively immediately.
The Round 16 (South Africa and Australia only) Super Rugby team of the week has representatives from seven of the 10 teams in the five-match round. Player of the Week is Stormers fullback Dillyn Leyds who scored two tries, carried 20 times, beat 3 defenders and ran for 240 metres.
Round 16 of Super Rugby sees only Australian and South African teams in action as New Zealand focus their attention on the deciding match between the All Blacks and touring British and Irish Lions. The round kicks off Friday night with two back-to-back Australia derbies.
The Round 14 Super Rugby team of the week has representatives from ten of the 18 teams after the nine-match round and includes three Highlanders and three Cheetahs. Player of the week is Sharks fullback David Havili who scored a try, carried 18 times, beat 10 defenders and ran for 191 metres.
The Round 12 team of the week has representatives from eight of the teams and includes four Reds and three Blues players. Player of the week is Reds captain and Wallaby Centre Samu Kerevi who scored two tries, beat 9 defenders and ran for 150 metres.
The Round 11 team of the week has representatives from seven of the teams and includes four Sharks and three Jaguares players reflecting the high scoring and open nature of the matches they won. Player of the week is Highlanders and All Black wing Waisake Naholo who scored two tries and beat 12 defenders - the most by any player in a match since 2013.