Melbourne Rebels winger Sefa Naivalu is within touching distance of making his Test debut after Michael Cheika named him on an extended Wallabies bench to take on South Africa in Pretoria on Saturday.
Chris Dutton The Brumbies are set to implement a boardroom shake-up.
Chris Dutton ACT Brumbies winger Lausii Taliauli turned down offers from rival clubs to make his mark in Canberra.
Tom Decent The Wallabies have never beaten the Springboks at Pretoria but vice-captain Michael Hooper assures his men will "dig deep" and is confident the hard work of recent weeks will pay off.
Tom Decent Michael Cheika says Sean McMahon is in the box seat to become Australia's long-term No.8 after he got the nod to fill David Pocock's spot at the back of the scrum for the Wallabies in their upcoming game against the Springboks.
Tom Decent Wallabies winger Henry Speight says he has no intention of returning to sevens for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – even if some of his teammates want to – but believes his time in the truncated code has been pivotal for his development and overall conditioning.
Tom Decent Sefa Naivalu plans on giving everything he's got to fulfil his dream of playing for the Wallabies and featuring in at least one Test this year after waiting a "long time" to qualify for selection.
Chris Dutton Teenage ACT Brumby Nick Jooste jokes some schoolboys have more hair on their chest than him, but the rising playmaker says he's ready to take the Super Rugby leap next year.
Tom Decent When Stephen Moore first came to South Africa as a 20-year-old in 2003 he was so nervous he prayed the ball did not go out so he wouldn't have to throw a lineout. Now, he embraces the challenge.
Tom Decent Johannesburg: Sekope Kepu says it's "scary" to think he is almost a decade older than up and coming tight-head props Tom Robertson and Allan Alaalatoa, but is impressed with the new generation, even if it they are keeping him on his toes.
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