Teams from Argentina and Japan will compete in Super Rugby from the start of the 2016 season, SANZAR has confirmed.
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.
Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Reggie Goodes and Ardie Savea have all been handed new two-year contracts by the Hurricanes.
New Zealand scrum-half Aaron Smith has agreed a new two-year deal to remain at the Highlanders.
James O'Connor will return to Australia in January after signing for the Reds along with league star Karmichael Hunt.
Australia back Pat McCabe's playing career appears to be in the balance after he suffered a third serious neck injury.
New Zealand Under-20s international Damian McKenzie has joined the Chiefs on a three-year deal.
Winger Nemani Nadolo has signed new two-year deal with the Canterbury Crusaders.
Dan Carter will miss at least half of New Zealand's Rugby Championship campaign with a lower leg injury.
Richie McCaw has admitted that he was pushing his luck when he conceded the match-deciding penalty in Sydney.
Waratahs clinched their maiden Super Rugby title with a 33-32 victory over seven-time champions Crusaders in Sydney.
Text commentary as Crusaders meet Waratahs; watch live on SS1 HD
Michael Lynagh says the Waratahs' impressive form doesn't guarantee them a first Super Rugby title.
Stuart Lancaster's side bid to extend winning run against Australia