The latest rugby news on the major tournaments from around the globe.
Wales lock Bradley Davies has been handed a seven-week ban for his tip-tackle during the Six Nations win over Ireland.
Scotland coach Andy Robinson has been forced to make two changes to his side for this weekend's Six Nations clash with Wales as they attempt to bounce back from their disappointing Calcutta Cup defeat to England.
With the Sharks' preparations for the 2012 Super Rugby season winding down, hooker and vice-captain Bismarck du Plessis insists his team can finally claim their maiden title this year.
Wales lock Bradley Davies was hit with a seven-week ban on Wednesday following his citing for a "tip tackle" in the Six Nations victory over Ireland last weekend.
Three Sale Sharks Welshmen - scrumhalf Dwayne Peel, front row forward Marc Jones and flyhalf Nick Macleod - have all signed extensions to their contracts to keep them with the Premiership club.
Scotland have made two enforced changes for Sunday's Six Nations clash in Wales, with Greig Laidlaw set to make his first Test start.
Double European Cup champions Munster have received a huge boost with two of their stars, utility back Keith Earls and flank Denis Leamy committing themselves for another two years after signing new contracts with the IRFU.
Matthieu Lazerges was sacked as coach of struggling Top 14 newboys Lyon on Tuesday and replaced by veteran flyhalf Xavier Sadourny, club president Yvan Patet announced.
Edinburgh have strengthened their front-row reserves with the signing of Argentine prop Ulises Gamboa from Pro12 rivals Aironi until the end of the season.
Italy coach Jacques Brunel has made two changes to his side for Saturday's Six Nations clash against England in Rome.
Crafty flyhalf Ricardo Croy will run out in the No.10 jersey for Boland when they take on the Sharks in their pre-season clash at Kings Park on Friday.
Six Nations outsiders Italy have made two changes, bringing in some experience for their historic debut at Rome's Stadio Olimpico for the visit of England on Saturday.
Exciting midfielder Johann Sadie will make his debut for the Bulls on Saturday after being named in the side that will play the Cheetahs in their warm-up match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
Springbok wing Bryan Habana will play at outside centre for the Stormers in their final Super Rugby pre-season clash against the Kings at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium this weekend.
Hurricanes skipper Conrad Smith only returned to training on Tuesday and might not be fit enough to play in his team's opening Super Rugby clash with the Stormers in Cape Town.
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