Rassie Erasmus has made 12 changes to his team as South Africa prepare for New Zealand, with Duane Vermeulen captain against the All Blacks.
Penrith Panthers confirmed James Maloney's looming exit on Wednesday, with the veteran playmaker to join Catalans Dragons.
Will Genia believes James O'Connor will grasp his chance if a six-year Wallabies exile comes to an end when Australia face Argentina.
Samoa international Jorge Taufua would get his hands dirty in the canteen to cater for Manly Sea Eagles' "big three" to stay put.
Head coach Steve Hansen is relishing what promises to be another almighty battle with South Africa this weekend.
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Kyle Flanagan will be hoping to prove he can be Cooper Cronk's long-term replacement after signing for Sydney Roosters.
St Helens have only lost three games all year in Super League, but two of those defeats have come at London Broncos.
The fourteen South Africa players who flew to New Zealand on Thursday will be joined by another 22.
Melbourne Storm are six points clear at the top of the NRL after securing a ninth victory in a row at the expense of Gold Coast Titans.
Argentina pushed New Zealand all the way in Buenos Aires, and All Blacks star Ardie Savea agreed the contest felt like war at times.
New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina will all hope to find form at the tournament ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Australia endured a miserable 2018 and there is no room for error in a World Cup year. But can their mixed bag of a squad succeed?
The top try-scorer in the 2019 Super Rugby season, Sevu Reece, will make his first appearance for the All Blacks against Argentina.
Australia coach Michael Cheika has named a much-changed side for his side's Rugby Championship opener, with Nic White among those recalled.
It will be a family affair at Sale Sharks next season after twins Daniel and Jean-Luc du Preez agreed to join brother Robert.
Kotoni Staggs had a mixed outing as Brisbane Broncos defeated Canterbury Bulldogs 28-6 to move to within a point of the NRL play-off places.
Sevu Reece is among the Rugby World Cup hopefuls who will look to make their mark in a shortened Rugby Championship.
Argentina have named 13 Jaguares in their starting line-up to face New Zealand in the Rugby Championship.