The latest rugby news on the major tournaments from around the globe.
Sharks coach John Plumtree believes his team can cope without Tendai Mtawarira, as they focus on final preparations for the Super Rugby season.
Stormers captain Schalk Burger has targeted an improvement in his team's defensive breakdown and will look to lead the way in his potential duel with star Cheetahs openside flank Heinrich Brüssow this weekend.
New Italy coach Jacques Brunel sprang a surprise on Wednesday by picking uncapped wing Giovanbattista Venditti for Saturday's Six Nations opener against France in Paris.
Matthew Rees was on Wednesday ruled out of contention for Wales' Six Nations opener against Ireland after suffering a calf strain.
Keith Earls was given the task of filling the void created by Brian O'Driscoll's absence as Ireland named their side to face Wales in this weekend's Six Nations opener.
Keith Earls has been chosen to replace Brian O'Driscoll for Ireland's Six Nations opener against Wales at Aviva Stadium on Sunday.
The Rebels head into the first trial game of 2012 with a near full-strength squad, including new recruits Kurtley Beale and James O'Connor, when they take on the Chiefs in Geelong on Friday.
Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has named newcomers Andrew Hore and Culum Retallick in his starting XV for their opening Super Rugby pre-season match.
Matthew Rees has been ruled out of Wales' opening Six Nations clash with Ireland in Dublin on Sunday because of a calf strain.
With four different champions in the past four seasons and no overwhelming favourite, the 2012 Six Nations could be the most open and interesting tournament for years.
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has made numerous changes, including a complete reshuffle of his backline, for the Super Rugby pre-season encounter with the Lions at Newlands on Saturday.
Centre Wesley Fofana will make his international debut for France in their Six Nations opener against Italy on Saturday, after what he admits has been a slow maturing process.
Graham Rowntree has urged what is set to be a raw England side to start putting the "unspeakable past" of the team's World Cup flop behind them when they face Scotland in Saturday's Six Nations opener.
Scotland new boys Dave Denton and Lee Jones are hoping to make immediate impacts after being called up for the Calcutta Cup clash with England.
All eyes will be on Brian O'Driscoll's replacement at outside centre when Ireland name their team for the Six Nations clash with Wales.
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