There were wins for Ulster and Edinburgh over the Scarlets and Newcastle Falcons in the European Champions Cup on Friday.
The opening European Champions Cup game of 2017-18 was hardly a classic but Ulster will care little.
Warren Whiteley will not travel to Europe to face Ireland, France, Italy and Wales, so Eben Etzebeth will lead South Africa.
Robbie Coetzee will miss the Lions' next Super Rugby match after being handed a five-week suspension for his red card on Sunday.
SA Rugby have kept faith with Allister Coetzee but the governing body have made changes to the coaching staff after a dismal 2016.
Hurricanes captain Beauden Barrett praised the performance of his younger brother, the first time the brothers have filled the 10-…
Crusaders lost for the first time since March last year as Israel Folau secured a piece of Super Rugby history in a Waratahs win.
It is not a good sign when the Stormers' pre-season headlines are all about tumultuous and turbulent events off the field.