Sharks fly-half Tim Swiel is to join Harlequins on loan until February 2015 as cover for the injured Ben Botica.
Taranaki clinched the ITM Cup Premiership title for the first time after recording a 36-32 win against Tasman in the final.
Japan will have a team in Super Rugby in 2016 after they saw off competition from Singapore to enter a franchise.
Former Australia fly-half Stephen Larkham has turned down the chance to work under the new Wallabies coach.
Queensland Reds have signed former All Blacks flanker Adam Thomson.
Jake White has quit his post as director of rugby with South African Super Rugby team the Sharks after a year.
The Waratahs will get their Super Rugby title defence underway on February 15 with a derby against the Force.
The Blues have confirmed the signing of experienced New Zealand scrum-half Jimmy Cowan.
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