Australia's Rugby Championship campaign has been hit by news captain David Pocock will be sidelined for up to three months.
Australia captain David Pocock suffered a serious knee injury during Saturday's 27-19 defeat by the All Blacks, the Wallabies have announced
New Zealand and Australia are both targeting big improvements after an error-strewn opening to the Rugby Championship.
New Zealand beat Australia 27-19 in Sydney on Saturday to maintain their iron grip on the Bledisloe Cup.
Zane Kirchner, Marcell Coetzee and Bryan Habana grabbed tries as South Africa brushed Argentina aside 27-6 at Newlands.
Australia's Scott Higginbotham is relishing the chance to take on New Zealand from the start in their Bledisloe Cup clash on Saturday.
Ma'a Nonu replaces the injured Conrad Smith in New Zealand's team to play Australia in the opening Rugby Championship Test.
Keegan Daniel will make his first Test start for South Africa at number eight for their Rugby Championship opener against Argentina.
Argentina's Juan Martin Hernandez will make his first Test appearance in three years in the Rugby Championship match against South Africa.
World champions New Zealand will stay at home longer to prepare for away Tests against Australia after losing the final Tri-Nations trophy.
Argentina will host all three of their matches in their debut season in the Rugby Championship in 2012 outside the capital.
Current South Africa coach Peter de Villiers' name will be on the shortlist when the South African Rugby Union decides on their next coach.
Argentina will end the long wait for a place in a major annual competition when they make their debut away to South Africa next August.
Wallabies halfback Will Genia is confident he's overcome any concussion concerns and will play against the All Blacks on Saturday.
Australia inside centre Pat McCabe says the Wallabies have taken lessons from their drubbing by the All Blacks in their Tri-Nations opener.
Australia coach Robbie Deans has recalled Anthony Fainga'a, Dan Vickerman and Radike Samo for the Tri-Nations decider against New Zealand.
Wallabies back James O'Connor will miss Saturday's Tri-Nations decider against New Zealand after he was handed a one-week suspension.
New Zealand coach Graham Henry has remained true to his word to give as many players as possible a chance for his World Cup squad.
Australia coach Robbie Deans has signed a new two-year contract.
South Africa captain John Smit has been left out of the starting XV for this Saturday's Tri Nations clash with New Zealand in Port Elizabeth