Warren Gatland believes the British and Irish Lions will get more out of Wednesday's 17-13 loss to a strong South Africa 'A' in Cape Town than their opponents.
Plans have been unveiled for a new United Rugby Championship (URC) next season that will feature northern and southern hemisphere teams.
The revised 2021 British and Irish Lions tour schedule has been finalised, with two Tests in Johannesburg and one in Cape Town confirmed.
Pacific islands teams Moana Pasifika and Fijian Drua have been granted conditional licences to join a proposed Super Rugby competition next year.
Highlanders scrum-half Folau Fakatava will be out of action for up to a year after sustaining a knee injury in last week's win over the Crusaders.
George North will win his 100th cap for Wales who are boosted with the return of Jonathan Davies and Josh Adams for Saturday's Six Nations clash against England.
New Zealand's Dan Carter has retired from professional rugby, bringing an end to an illustrious career that spanned nearly two decades.
Dan Palmer played for Australia but became trapped by the stereotype he felt had got him there - until he opened up to his friend and agent.