The latest rugby news on the major tournaments from around the globe.
London Irish have signed Ospreys loose-forward Tom Smith on a two-year deal.
Northampton have agreed contract extensions with prop Tom Mercey, wing Anders Mogensen and hooker Ross McMillan.
Scotland head coach Andy Robinson has made four changes in personnel for Sunday's RBS 6 Nations clash with France at Murrayfield (3pm).
Talking about refereeing ahead of the Super Rugby season, Lyndon Bray, the former Test referee who is now SANZAR's referee boss, spoke of the high standards set for referees.
England international Owen Farrell has signed a contract extension with Aviva Premiership champions Saracens.
The Western Force may be without veteran fullback Cameron Shepherd, but they will still field eight internationals in their run-on side that will face a very inexperienced Brumbies outfit to Canberra on Friday.
Italy coach Jacques Brunel has made four changes to face Ireland in Saturday's Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium (1.30pm).
New Brumbies head coach Jake White has named six debutants in the team to take on the Western Force in his first Super Rugby match, at the Canberra Stadium on Friday.
Sharks coach John Plumtree will forge ahead with his plan to turn World Cup-winning Springbok wing JP Pietersen into a world class outside centre.
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee named a powerful team for the opening match of the season, against the Hurricanes at Newlands on Saturday.
Michael Hobbs has edged out All Black star Piri Weepu and young gun Gareth Anscombe to start at flyhalf for the Blues in their season opener against the Crusaders at Eden Park on Friday.
All Black star Kieran Read will lead the Crusaders when the seven-time champions start their 2012 Super Rugby campaign against the Blues in Auckland on Friday.
Queensland Reds playmaker Mike Harris will take the reigns at flyhalf on Saturday when the Reds meet fierce rivals the Waratahs in Round One of the Super Rugby competition.
England Saxons No.8 Thomas Waldrom has ended speculation over his future by signing a new deal with Leicester.
The Cheetahs opted for the experience of Tewis de Bruyn in the crucial No.9 position ahead of their Super Rugby season opener against the Lions on Saturday.
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