Skelton still on Wallabies' radar

Skelton has spent the last three seasons with English club Saracens but there was brief hope that he might be interested in returning to Australia when the club was embroiled in a salary cap scandal that saw them relegated from the top league.

Rugby Australia was interested in trying to bring Skelton home in the aftermath of that but the second rower's asking price was reportedly too steep.

Instead, Skelton is set to join French side La Rochelle until the end of the 2022 season, a timeline that could still put him in plans for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Former Wallabies captain calls for scrapping of Giteau Law in wake of Kurtley Beale's offshore move

NSW Waratahs and Wallabies utility back Beale had his long-touted two-year deal confirmed by the Paris-based Racing 92 on Tuesday morning.

Melbourne Rebels and emerging Wallabies forward Luke Jones will join him at the glamour club from next season, with both set to play in Rugby Australia’s truncated domestic Super Rugby competition before departing.

The move isn’t uncommon, with both players previously enjoying European stints and many others crossing to the NRL or signing rich foreign deals.

Wallaby calls for rethink of 'outdated' Super Rugby

The Melbourne Rebels back believes the competition, which features 15 teams across Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina and Japan, needs to be replaced by a more local product.

"Maybe the model that we've got is a little bit aged and outdated and maybe we need to have a rethink," the 30-year-old told rugby.com.au.

"I guess this is almost forcing us to do it, whether it be in the short term until those borders open or whether it be long-term into something else that's a bit more sustainable, bit more domestically focused.

ARU stands down staff

The staff will be stood down from April 1-June 30 and remaining staff had been offered "significant" pay-cuts or reduced hours.

"Today we have had to deliver the hardest news imaginable to our incredible, hard-working and passionate staff, that many of them will be stood down for a three-month period so that the game can survive this unprecedented crisis," RA Chief Executive Raelene Castle said in a statement.

Veteran prop James Slipper re-signs with Australia for two more years

The 96-Test star moved to Canberra at the end of 2018 and has since featured in every Super Rugby game for the Brumbies over his two seasons at the club.

Slipper made his debut for the Wallabies in 2010 against England in Perth and is now just four Tests shy of becoming Australia’s 11th Test centurion.

Wallabies prop James Slipper said: “I couldn’t be happier to be staying in Canberra for the next couple of years.”

“The club gave me an opportunity back in 2018 and I want to repay that show of faith by continuing to work hard and play well for the Brumbies.

Wallabies rising star Jordan Petaia ruled out of Super Rugby season

One of Australian rugby's brightest stars is set to go through more agonising rehabilitation after an injury at training last week in Buenos Aires that the Reds say will keep him out of action for roughly 20 weeks.

Petaia, who debuted for the Wallabies at last year's Rugby World Cup and announced himself on the world stage with a number of sparkling performances, will be devastated by the latest setback.

Club officials found out on Wednesday and Petaia's teammates and coaches are said to be shattered by the news.

Giant Wallaby Coleman set for London Irish home debut

London Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney has named his team to play and 6 foot 8 inch, 122kg lock Coleman will make his first Premiership start in front of a home crowd at the Madejski Stadium.

Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, Saia Fainga’a and Ollie Hoskins make up the front row with Ruan Botha and Adam Coleman in the second row. Steve Mafi and Blair Cowan are the flankers, with Cowan captaining the side. Albert Tuisue continues at number 8.

Wallabies to face France in 2020

Australia's clash with the French will be the second in their 2020 Spring Tour, on November 14, one of three matches already confirmed for the trip.

The Aussies last played France on a 2016 Grand Slam tour, with the Wallabies eking out a narrow win over the hosts in that clash.

Australia will open their Spring Tour against Ireland in Dublin before this Paris clash, with a Twicken

No match has been announced for the November 21 weekend but Wales would appear a potential opponent as the only home nation yet to announce their end-of-year schedule

Dave Rennie burning midnight oil to build Wallabies vision

Currently the boss of Scottish club Glasgow Warriors, Rennie has agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal as Australia's new head coach and will join the Wallabies at the end of the current UK season.

"I've got a bit of work to do from an Australian perspective," said Rennie, who was appointed in the wake of Michael Chieka's departure following the Wallabies' World Cup quarter-final exit.

"We're sorting out staff, not just coaches but the whole staffing group, and it's an extensive review.

Wallabies youngster Jack Maddocks puts international ambitions on hold in pursuit of Olympic gold

The 22-year-old’s stint with the Sevens program is set to be extended through the first half of 2020 with Maddocks looking to lock down a place for the Tokyo Games.

He helped the men’s team book an Olympics berth through a qualification tournament in Fiji earlier this month after being “seconded” into the squad.

If Maddocks makes the team for the Olympics, which runs from July 24 to August 9, he will be unavailable for the two-test Ireland series in June as well as the opening Bledisloe Cup match in Melbourne on August 8.