New Zealand referee Chris Pollock’s decision making will be under closer scrutiny than usual during the Australian Super Rugby derby between the Queensland Reds and NSW Waratahs in Brisbane on Saturday.
Despite a number of injuries the Sharks have been able to name a strong starting XV for their game against the Cheetahs.
The Hurricanes are set to host the Blues in their season opener this Saturday night at Westpac Stadium.
Springbok flyhalf Johan Goosen will make a welcome return to the playing field when he starts for the Cheetahs in their opening Super Rugby encounter against the Sharks in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
The RaboDirect Rebels have named an unchanged side for their match against the ACT Brumbies this Friday night at AAMI Park.
The Chiefs have announced their team to play the Highlanders in their first game of the Investec Super Rugby competition in Dunedin on Friday.