The New Zealand Heartland XV won't tour next year as New Zealand joined Australia in reducing spending due to expectations of a global economic slowdown.
The NZRU also announced that its 'A' team will replace the Maori in the Pacific Nations Cup, days after the Aussies said its 'A' team would pull out of the competition altogether. More details from Bloomberg's Dan Baynes.
The Antipodean moves could presage reduced International Rugby Board spending on the loss-making Churchill Cup or North American 4, which would significantly impact USA Rugby. The two powerhouse nations make up one-quarter of the executive council.