The latest rugby news on the major tournaments from around the globe.
Saracens' hopes of finishing top of the Premiership were dealt a bitter blow when Worcester pulled off an astonishing 16-11 win at Sixways.
Mike Blair believes speed of ball remains the key ingredient as Scotland bid to upset France in the Six Nations at Murrayfield on Sunday.
Irish provinces Munster and Ulster headlined the results on Friday, as victories over Cardiff Blues and Ospreys respectively took them closer to the Pro12 play-offs.
When Jonathan Davies suggested Wales would 'smash' England at Twickenham, Andy Farrell texted his former GB team-mate to thank him.
The Blues are questioning the legality of the Crusaders' match-deciding charge-down in the Super Rugby season opener.
Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards reckons England's Owen Farrell will cope just fine with the responsibility of playing at flyhalf in a Six Nations international at Twickenham on Saturday.
The Bulls struck the first blow on South African soil when they edged the Sharks 18-13 in their Super Rugby showdown at Loftus Versfeld on Friday.
Flanker Imanol Harinordoquy anticipates Scotland will provide a much sterner test for the France than many observers anticipate.
Experienced Scotland back-row Kelly Brown has joined the growing band of players to commit to defending Premiership champions Saracens.
Wales centre Jonathan Spratt has been rewarded with a new two-year contract at London Irish.
Geordan Murphy will make his 300th appearance for Leicester when the Tigers tackle Newcastle Falcons on Saturday.
Gloucester have been forced to make three changes to their line-up for Saturday's visit of Aviva Premiership leaders Harlequins (kick-off 6pm).
Shaun Edwards hopes that people in Wales will be going to work on Monday smiling from ear to ear.
Exeter have made two changes to their XV for Saturday's Aviva Premiership showdown with Bath (kick-off 6pm).
England captain Chris Robshaw expects a "much improved" attacking display when his side face Wales in the Six Nations at Twickenham on Saturday.
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