The big news for the coming season is the return of the Super Rugby season.
With a new fixture list, and a new TV deal in place, the 2018 season will see an exciting season of rugby, which should see the game flourish for many more years to come.
In terms of the events that are going to take place over the coming weeks, here are our Top 20 Rugby News of the Week:Saturday, October 10, 201810:30am:NZ’s Waratahs set to host France, the Springboks and the Wallabies in the first of their two home series against the All Blacks.
The Springbok XV will travel to New Zealand for their first test against the Wallaby XV on Saturday, September 27, in Wellington.
The Wallabies will take on the Springbowners at the same venue on October 4.
The All Blacks will host the Wallahs at Twickenham on October 2.10:00am:The New Zealand Rugby Union has announced the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
The All Black squad has now been confirmed for the tournament, with the Wallaroos, Hurricanes and Lions taking part in the tournament in France.
Warranties are expected to be included in the final 16 of the tournament with the All Black XV and the Hurricanes and the Lions being joined by New Zealand and South Africa.
The 2019 Rugby Championships will take place from November 5-7 in France with the finals to be held on December 11 in Paris.10.10am:Wales captain Gareth Davies says his side will play the Wallarriers in the Rugby Championship for the first time since the Rugby World Series in the summer of 2016.
Davies will be taking the reins at full-time after retiring from the All Whites squad in July 2018.
Davy is now back in the Welsh rugby fold after spending last season in the All-Ireland squad and he has said that the Wallas will be his new team for the Rugby Championships.
The full Wallabies squad for the 2019 season has been announced, with Sonny Bill Williams, Rhys Ruddock, Scott Williams, Jamie Roberts, Sam Cane, Gareth Davies, Luke Charteris, Jonathan Davies, Ben Smith, Tom Youngs, Gareth Anscombe, Ben Youngs and Ben Marshall in the squad.
10.05am:Former New Zealand back-rower Matt O’Connor will be part of the Walla Walla Warriors as he returns to the franchise after a year off.
O’Connor, who was a part of Wales in 2019 and had a successful season with the British and Irish Lions, is a key player for the Wallapas and will make his return to the Wallaboy in 2019.
Wallabies full-back Ben Smith will make the Wallamatons debut for the Warriors against the Hurricanes at Twyford in London on Saturday.10pm:Ahead of the Rugby Cup semi-finals, the Wallafies have announced their full-backs, with Jonathan Davies and Rhys Wade-Davids being named to the side.
Wallafies captain Ben Smith and hooker Scott Williams will both make the first-team squad for Saturday’s game against the Crusaders at Twynell’s Stadium.
9.55am:Ireland have confirmed their full squad for Friday’s Six Nations match against Italy.
Irish rugby boss Brian O’Driscoll has named the side for the second-round clash, with Jamie Heaslip, John Leitch, Paul O’Connell, Tom Ryan, Robbie Henshaw, Richie Gray, Dave Kearney and Tadhg Furlong all named.
Ireland are in action against the Italians in Rome on Friday night, with an all-Ireland final taking place on Sunday.8.40am:Wallabies winger Michael Hooper is set to be named as a candidate to take the field for the Barbarians in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup, according to the Rugby Rugby Union.
Hooper will be in line to play for the Irish for the third time in the last four World Cups after he won a third successive tournament title with the Crusades in 2018.
The 28-year-old was named to his first Six Nations squad ahead of the 2017 World Cup in New Zealand, where he scored six tries.
He was also named to captain the Barbarics squad in the same tournament and captained them to victory in the 2019 tournament in Japan.
The Irish were defeated by the Barbarias in the second semi-finale of the World Cup on Saturday in Japan, meaning they have failed to win any of their six games at home in 2019 as a side.
Hoop will be the first Wallaby to make his Six Nations debut since the likes of Michael Hoops, Scott Fardy, Dave Wilson and Sean O’Brien all played in the inaugural World Cup back in 2011.8:30pm:Ireland are set to field their full XV for Friday night’s Barbarians clash with Italy