Johnny McNicholl said Wales fans have welcomed him after fellow New Zealander Willis Halaholo hit out at critics who slammed his call-up.
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall is not looking too far ahead after his side notched a 25-12 victory over Bath at the Rec on Friday.
Bloemfontein Celtic will be looking to extend their four-match unbeaten streak when they travel to face Polokwane City at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.
O’Shea stepped down from the Italy head coach role after the recent World Cup and will start his new post at Twickenham next year.
Ahead of the action in the Premiership and PRO14, we take a look over the best bets from two of the big encounters taking place this weekend.
Former Italy and Harlequins head coach Conor O’Shea will join the Rugby Football Union as director of performance rugby next year.
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Saturday’s game between Wales and the Barbarians in Cardiff was originally planned as Warren Gatland’s swansong with the home side.
Nigel Melville earlier announced he will step down as the RFU’s director of professional rugby in December.
Toulouse prop Paterika Vaivai has signed a new deal with the club for 2020.
The director of professional rugby has been in position since July 2016.
Australian Sevens coach Tim Walsh has confirmed he is negotiating with Samu Kerevi and Sean McMahon about playing at the 2020 Olympics.
Tom Latham was on form for the Black Caps but the tourists have an injury worry hanging over Ben Stokes.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes held his left knee and was limping on the opening day of the second Test against New Zealand and will be assessed.
New Zealand reached 173-3 at tea on day one of the second Test.
New Zealand were 86 for two at lunch.
Chris Woakes also plays for the tourists.
Collingwood was an ever-present in the only English side to win a Test series in Australia in the last 32 years.
Buttler is struggling with a back injury.
Golden Arrows will be looking to bounce back from their Telkom Knockout disappointment when they travel to face Baroka FC at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Bottom-of-the-table Chippa United will be looking for their second successive win when they host Black Leopards at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Rotherham boss Paul Warne will be without three of his more experienced defenders in Richard Wood, Joe Mattock and Trevor Clarke for the Sky Bet League One clash with Accrington at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.
Sky Bet League Two leaders Forest Green should have player-coach Matt Mills and midfielder Kevin Dawson in contention again for the visit of Plymouth.
Coventry are confident of an injury boost ahead of their Sky Bet League One match against Rochdale at St Andrew’s on Saturday.
Gillingham will welcome back midfielder Ben Pringle for Saturday’s Sky Bet League One match against Lincoln at Priestfield.
Walsall must do without suspended defender Daniel Scarr as the Sky Bet League Two strugglers host Cambridge.
Cape Town City will be targeting more of the same when they travel to fellow stragglers Black Leopards in the Absa Premiership on Sunday afternoon.
Steve Komphela’s Golden Arrows will be aiming to stretch their unbeaten run in the Premiership to three games when defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns visit Durban on Sunday.
Southampton and Everton play out an early six-pointer on Saturday with both managers in serious danger of getting the boot.
Southampton head into the game sitting in 18th spot with just eight points from their opening 11 matches and with a torrid record on home soil.
Back-in-form AmaZulu will look to keep the winning run intact when they play host to Chippa United at Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday.
Kaizer Chiefs will go into the second Soweto derby in seven days as clear favourites to get one over their great rivals, Orlando Pirates.
Managerless Polokwane City will be looking to improve their league standing when they host Baroka at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.