The latest rugby news on the major tournaments from around the globe.
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.
France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has made four changes to his starting line-up for the Six Nations clash with Ireland in Paris on Saturday.
Welsh lock Bradley Davies and Irish flank Stephen Ferris face disciplinary action after being cited on Tuesday for foul play in last weekend's Six Nations clash.
French coach Philippe Saint-Andre will experiment with Imanol Harinordoquy on the side of the scrum as one of four changes to his side for the Six nations clash with Ireland on Saturday.
Wales lock Bradley Davies and Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris have been cited for foul play following Sunday's Six Nations clash in Dublin.
The IRB has increased the number of core teams in the Sevens World Series from 12 to 15 from next season as the sport continues to build towards its Olympic Games re-inclusion in 2016.
Wales loose forward Ryan Jones believes his side's thrilling last-minute away 23-21 defeat of Ireland proved that the Six Nations is the world's premier rugby tournament.
England lock Tom Palmer insists leading Italy brings out the best in Stade Francais team-mate Sergio Parisse.
Toulouse coach Guy Noves has called for the French Top 14 league to be cut by two teams to 12 in a bid to allow players to better adapt to professional rugby.
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee says his biggest task will be to ensure that his players are not underdone by the time their 2012 Super Rugby season kicks off against the Hurricanes at Newlands on February 25.
Stuart Lancaster has introduced a competitive edge to England training that he claims is instrumental in shaping team selection.
Wales teenager George North claims he was disappointed with his form heading into this season's Six Nations Championship.
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