Super Rugby's Melbourne Rebels join forces with Monash University to help eliminate homophobic behaviour in sport, with a study finding offensive language is rife in junior rugby union.
The fact the commencement of the Super Rugby season has largely gone unnoticed shows just how much rugby union is struggling in the competitive Australian sporting landscape, writes Richard Hinds.
Some of Australia's sports have taken steps to achieve pay equity for male and female athletes — now a group of 17 sporting chiefs release a plan to close the gender pay gap.
The World Rugby Sevens Series rolls into Sydney this weekend, and in the men's draw the US Eagles are one of the favourites for the title.
Rugby Australia announces a big restructure after a horror year for the Wallabies, but Michael Cheika survives with Scott Johnson hired as director of rugby to take care of off-field issues.
Michael Cheika's future with the Wallabies is uncertain amid speculation he will be sacked before Christmas, but arguably his best player, David Pocock, is throwing his support behind the embattled coach.
Australian rugby is at arguably its lowest ebb less than 12 months out from the World Cup and its future does not look bright, as its governing body comes under heavy criticism.
The Wallabies' loss to England reflects the struggles Australian rugby union is facing but turning around the fortunes of the men's game will be no quick fix.
Australia slump to their ninth defeat in 13 Tests with a controversial 37-18 loss to England at Twickenham, capping off a disappointing year.
It can be argued the fortunes of the Wallabies are at an all-time low, and now they are being held responsible for the All Blacks misfiring in the build-up to next year's World Cup.