The latest rugby news on the major tournaments from around the globe.
Bristol have moved quickly to snap up James Grindal for next season after the scrum-half announced he will leave Leicester in the summer.
France have made two changes to their line-up for the rearranged Six Nations clash with Ireland on Sunday.
Worcester have bolstered their back division for next season with the signing of Scotland winger Nikki Walker from the Ospreys.
The Bulls have named a team with 12 Springboks, including fit-again vice-captain Wynand Olivier at outside centre, for the clash with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
London Wasps have announced the signing of Wales hooker Rhys Thomas from Cardiff Blues for next season.
The Cheetahs have been forced to make two changes to their backline as they look to bounce back from defeat last week in their Super Rugby derby with the Bulls in Bloemfontein this weekend.
Leicester have confirmed that George Ford, Ed Slater and Anthony Allen have all agreed new deals at the Tigers.
Gloucester captain Luke Narraway is to leave the Premiership club at the end of the season to take up a two-year contract with Perpignan.
Sharks No.8 Ryan Kankowski has had to undergo surgery on the thumb that he broke against the Bulls last week and will be out of action for the next month, leaving his team with a back row puzzle to solve.
The Waratahs have made just one change to their team for the clash with the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday with former Australian Sevens captain Bernard Foley starting at fullback.
Former New Zealand Under-20 prop Ben Tameifuna will make his Super Rugby debut as one of four changes to coach Dave Rennie's forward pack for their clash with the Blues this weekend.
Abrasive French loose forward Imanol Harinordoquy is not content with his performances so far in the Six Nations and is determined to return to his top level against Ireland at the Stade de France on Sunday.
Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea says he would be "delighted" to be part of the panel that helps select the new England head coach.
Stormers forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot believes that a powerful display up front and accuracy at the breakdown will be key if his side is to deal effectively with the Sharks at Newlands this weekend.
Ireland full-back Rob Kearney has urged his team-mates to abandon any idea that only an extraordinary performance will topple France on Sunday.
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