The latest rugby news on the major tournaments from around the globe.
The Bulls face an anxious wait to find out whether key forwards Flip van der Merwe and Deon Stegmann will get over their niggling injuries in time to face the Blues at Loftus Versfeld this weekend.
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has rubbished claims from Sharks boss John Plumtree that the South African team have to cope with the most demanding Super Rugby conference.
After self-destructing last year the Hurricanes have been handed an opportunity to start afresh this season, and their focus has been on creating a better team environment in order to turn things around.
Melbourne Rebels coach Damien Hill has warned that star recruits James O'Connor and Kurtley Beale need time to find their feet in the team before they can make a major impact.
Waratahs back-up hooker Damien Fitzpatrick has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, leaving the Sydney side dangerously short of options in the middle of the front row.
Wales captain Sam Warburton will miss the Six Nations match against Italy through injury and will be replaced as skipper by Gethin Jenkins for the match at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
Ace Queensland Reds goal-kicker Mike Harris is happy to continue punishing the opposition from the kicking tee but would also like to see a few more cards brandished by referees.
Nick De Luca comes into the Scotland side in the only change to Andy Robinson's team for the RBS 6 Nations clash against Ireland on Saturday.
Wales captain Sam Warburton will miss his second game of this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship against Italy on Saturday.
England World Cup winner and former red rose captain Lewis Moody has retired from rugby with immediate effect.
England have called up scrumhalf Karl Dickson to join his younger brother and fellow No.9 Lee in their Six Nations training squad for next Sunday's match against France after Joe Simpson dislocated a shoulder at the weekend.
The Lions have been struck by a double blow in the front row with the news that both JC Janse van Rensburg and CJ van der Linde will be unavailable for their clash with the Sharks this weekend.
Stuart Lancaster insists England's preparations for their last two 6 Nations games will not be affected by his interview for the coach's job.
Scotland international Max Evans is focused on Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash in Ireland after being cleared of an assault charge.
Gethin Jenkins believes Wales' World Cup semi-final defeat against France has been a motivating factor behind their RBS 6 Nations title push.
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