New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday she had telephoned Australian counterpart Scott Morrison to defuse tensions over a scheduling dispute between the countries' rugby teams.
Former Argentina scrum-half Agustin Pichot has launched his campaign to become chairman of World Rugby. Pichot has drawn up a six-point plan to force change in the world of rugby - with one part, in particular, catching the eye of many.
While Brazil's women maintained their perfect record in regional competition, Uruguay's men scored a huge upset by winning their first CONSUR rugby title, beating Argentina in the final 17-14 with a try on the siren.
As New Zealand prepares to host the 2011 Rugby World Cup, we look at a game which will cause much interest in Latin America and the South Atlantic.