The latest rugby news on the major tournaments from around the globe.
Ireland can rebound from their opening Six Nations defeat by Wales when they travel to France this weekend, but they will need to focus on their own performance according to talismanic centre Brian O'Driscoll.
Ireland will discover on Wednesday afternoon whether Stephen Ferris is available for Saturday's 6 Nations clash with France.
Scotland flyhalf Dan Parks has retired from international rugby with immediate effect following the Six Nations defeat against England at Murrayfield last week.
Toby Flood has been released to play for Leicester this weekend - but Lee Dickson is still part of England's plans for the clash with Italy.
Sebastien Chabal is weighing up his options after his contract with French side Racing Metro was cancelled last week.
Worcester have ruled out the possibility of Dean Richards joining them as director of rugby - at least for the time being.
Worcester's Fiji international and rising star Ravai Fatiaki has signed a new contract extension to remain at Sixways.
Saracens have arranged a friendly with Fijian champions Nadroga Stallions in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi on Friday, March 9.
Wales look destined to lose lock Bradley Davies from their Six Nations plans on Wednesday, but Dan Lydiate and Gethin Jenkins are on the mend.
Andy Farrell reinforced the need for England to avoid tip tackles after Bradley Davies and Stephen Ferris were cited for foul play incidents.
Scotland fly-half Dan Parks has retired from international rugby with immediate effect, the Scottish Rugby Union have announced.
Ireland admitted they are "very disappointed" with the decision to cite flanker Stephen Ferris on Tuesday.
Having paid dearly for missed tackles in Paris last weekend, Italy have been working hard on the defensive part of their game ahead of their Six Nations clash with England on Saturday.
Paul Delport injured his cheekbone in Wellington last Saturday and is set to miss out the Springbok Sevens' defence of their Las Vegas title over the weekend.
Lions first-choice hooker Bandise Maku will be sidelined for some time after having surgery on a torn pectoral muscle, leaving Martin Bezuidenhout and Callie Visagie to wrestle over the No.2 jersey.
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