Sitting in a birthing class alongside his expectant wife, Adam Ashley-Cooper thought Matt Giteau was ringing up for a yarn. But his great mate had some special news of his own to relay.
The Wallabies' 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup is in and as ever, there were some good and hard-luck stories across the group.
Michael Cheika has unveiled his 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan, handing uncapped Reds star Jordan Petaia a place at the expense of Tom Banks.
Wallabies fullback Kurtley Beale knows he'll be tested under the high ball at the World Cup after he failed to perform against the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday.
With less than a month until the World Cup kicks off in Japan squad lists are starting to roll in. Here we list every tournament squad as they drop.
Wallabies great Tim Horan has called for Jordan Petaia to be included in Australia's World Cup squad and he is also in favour of using David Pocock as a super-sub off the bench in Japan.
"Both teams are very talented teams and both teams will go to the World Cup with a good chance of winning it, I think." That was Steve Hansen's assessment of a wild week of Bledisloe Cup rugby, but just how accurate is it?
The All Blacks say Wales are welcome to the No. 1 world ranking, relaxed to shed themselves of the long-held status heading into a Rugby World Cup defence that is gathering serious momentum.
The All Blacks are too old. The World Cup campaign is off the rails. What is Steve Hansen doing? They were the conversations circulating New Zealand this week, topics that were replaced by that grand old cliche about seven days and sport.
The Wallaroos have conceded three late tries in a fighting 39-8 loss to the Black Ferns in Auckland, losing the series 2-0 but showing glimpses of progression against the women's rugby world champions.
The Wallabies entered Saturday night's Bledisloe match-up full of hope, but walked away with a 36-0 spanking at the hands of the All Blacks at Eden Park.
The stage is set for an intense decider in this year's Bledisloe Cup, Auckland's Eden Park playing host to Game II on Saturday night. Can the Wallabies finally bring the Cup home?
The Wallabies have made just the one change heading into their Bledisloe Cup Test against the All Blacks in Auckland on Saturday.
World Rugby's crackdown on high tackles has moved too quickly for the World Cup, Australia director of rugby Scott Johnson has said.
Wallabies great Daniel Herbert says Australia must strip back their mindset to 15 on 15 and otherwise ride the confidence earned from their victory in Perth, as they attempt to do the seemingly impossible and win at Eden Park.
Sonny Bill Williams will have rampaging Wallabies opposite Samu Kerevi in his sights when he lines up for his 10th and probably final Bledisloe Cup Test for the All Blacks.
Forget the excuses, New Zealand were dominated in Perth. The All Blacks forwards have rightfully been criticized, and they must realise their reputations and, for some, their careers, are now on the line in Auckland.
Israel Folau's unfair dismissal case against Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Waratahs will head to trial in February, 2020 if no settlement is reached beforehand.
Shaun Berne's influence as Wallabies attack coach blossomed in Perth and Kurtley Beale thinks their all-encompassing approach to running rugby will only be better at the World Cup.
As the rugby world waits for news of the suspension handed down to All Blacks lock Scott Barrett, the New Zealander has found a somewhat unlikely ally on the other side of Tasman.
The Wallabies selectors face a dilemma before Saturday's Bledisloe Cup decider as they weigh up whether to play champion flanker David Pocock - and, if so, where
All Blacks lock Scott Barrett will miss this week's Bledisloe Cup decider but will be clear for World Cup selection after copping a three-week ban from the SANZAAR judiciary.
South Africa are winners of the Rugby Championship for the first time, but the big story from the final round of fixtures was Scott Barrett's red card. Was it the right call?
Eddie Jones used his press conference after England's win over Wales on Sunday to call for World Rugby to address their high-tackle law ahead of the Rugby World Cup in September.
Michael Hooper and Lukhan Salakai-Loto set the tone with the Test's first two carries, and the Wallabies didn't take a backward step thereafter. Australia's victory in Bledisloe I was built on physicality, now they must repeat the dose at Eden Park.
- AUS2ndTries Scored 1st South Africa : 11 Tries ScoredSA1st911
- AUS2ndPoints Difference 1st South Africa : 51 Points DifferenceSA1st951