The latest rugby news on the major tournaments from around the globe.
Leicester scrum-half Micky Young has been cited for allegedly making contact with the eyes or eye area of Aironi wing Giulio Toniolatti.
Uncapped Scarlets forward Aaron Shingler has been called into Wales' pre-Six Nations training camp in Gdansk, Poland.
Scotland coach Andy Robinson confirmed Ross Ford as his captain for the Six Nations and then declared: "It's time for us to deliver".
The Lions will take on the Stormers in their Super rugby warm-up game at Newlands on Friday with a powerful starting XV and plenty of exciting young talent on the bench.
Legal steps are underway to regain a multi-million rand loan from the Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) according to the Guma Tac group walked out on the union last year.
Edinburgh hooker Ross Ford has been appointed as Scotland captain for their first Six Nations match against England in the absence of his injured teammate, loose forward Kelly Brown.
Stormers captain Schalk Burger won't be making any dramatic changes to his robust style of play in the absence of Francois Louw or another specialist fetcher this season.
Edinburgh hooker Ross Ford will captain Scotland into the Six Nations after Kelly Brown was ruled out of the championship.
Italy coach Jacques Brunel has called up Treviso prop Michele Rizzo as a back-up for the injured Alberto De Marchi for his side's opening two matches in the Six Nations next month.
Fearsome England prop Andrew Sheridan is set to leave the Sale Sharks for French side Toulon at the end of the season, effectively signalling the end of his international career.
Former Bulls centre Stephan Dippenaar is set to make his Springbok Sevens debut in New Zealand after he was included in the squad of 14 players for the next two legs of the Sevens World Series, in Wellington and Las Vegas.
Sale and England prop Andrew Sheridan will join French outfit Toulon this summer.
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has named what is close to his strongest possible team for the Cape side's Super Rugby warm-up match against the Lions at Newlands on Friday.
Veteran All Blacks and Blues loosehead prop Tony Woodcock is set to miss the first four rounds of the Super Rugby season as he attempts to recover from a few niggling injuries.
Sir Clive Woodward has cranked up the pressure on Stuart Lancaster by claiming England's interim head coach has "a lot to prove".
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