After 126 matches, we are left with just two teams; the same two teams that contested last year's final. The Crusaders have been the best side in the competition for the last two years, and the Lions have been the best non-Kiwi side, and with the way the tournament
England head coach Eddie Jones has named a 44-man pre-season training squad to convene at the Lensbury Hotel from Saturday 4 August until Monday 6 August.
A recall for Chris Ashton stands out immediately, and Danny Care has belatedly been added to the 'Not considered' list.
Which other names catch your
Picking the Highlanders to beat the Waratahs last weekend nearly came off - they had some chances to win it in the closing stages, but to be fair to the Waratahs, their defence late on was outstanding and they deserve their place in the semi-finals. 48494
We have reached the knockout stages, with every match crucial in determining which New Zealand side is going to lift the trophy. No more resting players, no more dead rubbers, this is it. 48351
Round 18 wasn't too pretty for me, having just picked four of the seven matches, and those four were picked by over 90% of people anyway. Home wins for the Reds, Bulls and Stormers ensured there were red arrows coming my way, but I'm feeling confident ahead of the
Glorious green arrows everywhere after last week's picks, which included the Chiefs to defeat the Highlanders (only 17% picked that), the Sharks to beat the Lions (31%) and the Waratahs to overcome the Rebels (50%). 48204
Super Rugby returns for the run-in this weekend, after the momentum-sapping break for the internationals. Thankfully next year, the season will run uninterrupted to its conclusion ahead of the Rugby World Cup. 48167
A dogged 25-10 victory over South Africa in the third and final test restored some pride for the English team after an increasingly tough 2018 threatened to run away from them. 48158
Joe Large reviews the individual performances of England's players in the final test against South Africa. 48143
May’s try gives England much needed victory
A tour in which English rugby has been given a massive dose of reality finished with a ray of light in Cape Town. Two weeks of errors being repeated and repeated and repeated gave way to a more disciplined and controlled performance in their