Player payments as calculated under the salary cap across the 14 ITM Cup Provincial Unions fell NZ$1.1 million in 2012, it's been confirmed.
The Blues suffered a blow ahead of Saturday's clash with the Brumbies when flanker Steven Luatua was sidelined through injury.
Brumbies boss Jake White has made one change to his starting line-up for Saturday's clash with the Blues in Auckland.
London Wasps wing Christian Wade has walked off with a unique double at the Rugby Players' Association awards on Wednesday.
Northampton and Lions hooker Dylan Hartley sees Saturday's Aviva Premiership Final as a chance to boost his Lions prospects.
Toulon lock Bakkies Botha revealed that he is ready to play for South Africa if Springboks coach Heyneke Heyneke Meyer comes calling....
Saracens flanker Will Fraser is facing an uncertain time on the sidelines after suffering a rare shoulder injury earlier in the season....
Bath Rugby have announced the retirement of former England centre Dan Hipkiss with immediate effect through injury.
Cheetahs boss Naka Drotske has recalled Ryno Benjamin to his starting XV for Saturday's clash with the Kings in Port Elizabeth.
New Wales captain Bradley Davies has expressed his delight at being named to lead the squad in Japan next month.
England prop Alex Corbisiero admits the national side are looking to get back on track in South America next month.
Bulls boss Frans Ludeke has signed a new three-year deal which keeps him at the Pretoria-based side until 2016.
Lions assistant coach Graham Rowntree has backed captain Sam Warburton to feed off veteran Paul O'Connell's experience on tour.
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has named a much-changed line-up for Saturday's encounter against the Reds in Cape Town.
Ireland centre Brian O'Driscoll has rejected speculation that he may extend his international career to the next Rugby World Cup.
England captain Chris Robshaw is keeping himself in shape in case the British and Irish Lions come calling next month.
The Stormers have recruited Lions lock Marius Coetzer in an effort to replenish their ailing player contingent.