South African Super Rugby teams the Stormers and the Bulls have both made "emergency" player signings early in the season.
After nearly two years of not playing in the Super Rugby, the Lions may find adjusting to the elite tournament tricky when they make their return.
Former Springbok stalwart Victor Matfield will make his return to the playing field for the Bulls in this year's Super Rugby tournament.
Australian media has reported that Jake White has quit as Brumbies coach with two years left on his contract.
The Lions and the Kings are vying for a place in a tournament that may not exist in a few years time.
A last-minute try by Brumbies centre Tevita Kuridrani and a number of dubious decisions saw the Bulls go down 26-23 in their Super Rugby semifinal.
Lions captain JC Janse van Rensburg praised the courage his team after a win in the first leg of their Super Rugby promotion-relegation series.
The eighth-placed Blues, who take on the finless Sharks next, are a threat. But they need three more wins to an impact in Super Rugby.
The Otago Highlanders have put a miserable season behind them with a swashbuckling display on their way to a 38-28 victory over Auckland Blues.
There comes a time when promise has to be turned into achievement. That moment has arrived for Naka Drotske's Cheetahs.
Brumbies have built a 14-0 lead with a strong wind behind them in the first half to beat the Auckland-based Blues 20-13 in Super Rugby.
The Bulls are on the cusp of securing a home semifinal in Vodacom Super Rugby after beating the Highlanders 35-18.
The Stormers have made seven changes to their team for the final match of their Super Rugby overseas tour against the Rebels in Melbourne, Australia.
Super Rugby's 13th round produced another feast of high-scoring and close matches in which defence at times seemed to be an afterthought.
The Cheetahs lost their way, skipper Adriaan Strauss admitted, after their 39-34 defeat to the Hurricanes in Bloemfontein.
Colin Slade has scored a second-half try among 15 points as the Highlanders broke an eight-match losing run with a 25-22 win over the Sharks.
In the third season of a 15-team structure for Super Rugby, questions are being asked about inconsistencies in the format.
The Bulls' coach believes the scoreline did not reflect the effort that was required from his charges to beat the Waratahs in their Super Rugby match.
The Cheetahs have stunned the Sharks and moved to the top of the South African Vodacom Super Rugby Conference with a 12-6 victory in Durban.
The Brumbies have survived intense pressure to cling on to a 19-19 Super 15 draw with the Queensland Reds and stay top of the Australian conference.