The latest rugby news on the major tournaments from around the globe.
The Stade de France has passed a pitch inspection in preparation for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations showdown between France and Ireland.
England captain Chris Robshaw has warned Italy his men will be prepared to fight fire with fire in Saturday's RBS 6 Nations showdown.
Gloucester will have a host of players back in contention for Saturday's Aviva Premiership clash with Northampton Saints at Kingsholm.
Scotland international Euan Murray returns to the Newcastle Falcons front-row for Saturday's Aviva Premiership trip to Bath.
Harlequins return to Aviva Premiership action against London Irish on Saturday and welcome back Matt Hopper from England Saxons duty.
Exeter coach Rob Baxter has recalled several of his first-choice players for Saturday's Aviva Premiership clash with Leicester.
The IRB and RBS 6 Nations have cleared referee Wayne Barnes of blame for Ireland's 23-21 defeat by Wales.
Wales coach Warren Gatland has revealed he suggested imposing fines of up to £30,000 for players who receive needless yellow cards.
Les Kiss has demanded Ireland "breathe some fire" against France as they seek to atone for their disappointing start to the RBS 6 Nations.
The Waratahs braved torrential rain to kick off their 2012 campaign with an impressive display, running in 13 tries against a physical Samoan side at Tamworth on Friday.
The International Rugby Board and the Six Nations have combined to affirm the last penalty awarded by Wayne Barnes in the match between Ireland and Wales.
The Bulls' second stringers continued the franchise's good pre-season form when they edged the Cheetahs' back-up selection 33-29 in an entertaining encounter at Loftus Versfeld on Friday.
England's history boy Alex Corbisiero is not part of the X-box generation, preferring his degree studies on the unification of Italy to gaming.
Wales' teenage rising star George North will go into Sunday's RBS 6 Nations clash against Scotland being hailed as "a superstar of the game".
Rory Best says Ireland must be prepared to break through the pain barrier if they are to rescue their RBS 6 Nations by overcoming France.
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