The latest rugby news on the major tournaments from around the globe.
Harlequins flanker Will Skinner has been handed a two-week ban after he was sent off during the Heineken Cup victory over Toulouse in France.
Following on from some heroic exploits by the celtic teams in the European competitions, the Pro12 returns once again to centre stage, and with the prospect of the festive season upon us all the games this weekend are local derbies.
Joe van Niekerk, the Springbok loose forward who now captains Toulon, is back in the squad to play Lyon on Friday.
Charlie Hodgson rates his Saracens team-mate Owen Farrell as a chip off the old block and believes he is destined to play for England.
Aviva Premiership clubs will have all their England stars available for the festive programme.
The battle for qualification for the knock-out stages of the 2011/12 Heineken Cup will resume at full tilt on Friday, January 13 (2012) when Round Five gets underway with the clash between former winners Ulster (Ireland) and Leicester Tigers (England).
Scotland head coach Andy Robinson led the tributes to Chris Paterson, who has announced his retirement from international rugby.
Chris Paterson will now reflect on a record-filled Scotland career after announcing his retirement from international rugby on Wednesday.
Former England assistant coaches Mike Ford and John Wells are to leave the Rugby Football Union with immediate effect.
Northampton Saints have announced that lock Courtney Lawes has signed a new deal with the club that will keep him at Franklin's Gardens until at least 2015.
England lock Courtney Lawes has agreed a new three-year deal to remain at Northampton Saints.
Newcastle have confirmed brothers Michael and Richard Mayhew have signed new long-term deals at the club.
Harlequins flank Will Skinner will face a disciplinary hearing in Dublin on Thursday after he was red carded while sitting on the replacements bench last weekend.
Harlequins flanker Will Skinner has been called to attend a disciplinary hearing on Thursday following his red card against Toulouse.
Chris Robshaw may have sulked and turned to junk food after being omitted from England's World Cup squad - but his response has been emphatic.
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