The latest rugby news on the major tournaments from around the globe.
The Dragons' New Zealand-born prop Ben Castle has been forced to retire, following a back injury incurred in the Dragons match against Leinster last September.
The Blues will have to make do without their high-profile All Black recruit Ma'a Nonu for the entire Super Rugby pre-season programme and the early rounds of the competition.
Matt Cox has signed a two-year contract extension with Gloucester.
Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill has slammed Billy Twelvetrees for the way he handled his forthcoming departure to Gloucester.
Players to look out for in Six Nations which gets under way on February 4.
South Africa's Gary Gold saw his first home match in charge of Newcastle end with a thumping 37-7 Anglo-Welsh Cup win over Sale Sharks on Sunday.
The Crusaders will be without a host of their frontline players when they play the Highlanders in their first pre-season match at Rugby Park, Greymouth, on Friday.
England added New Zealand-born Thomas Waldrom and Matt Banahan to their squad as injury cover on Sunday ahead of next weekend's Six Nations opener against Scotland.
Star Wallaby forward David Pocock has become just the second full-time captain of the Western Force.
Thomas Waldrom and Matt Banahan have been added to England's Six Nations squad in place of injured pair Luke Narraway and Henry Trinder.
Chris Ashton has outlined his determination to win back the hearts of the English rugby public.
Melbourne Rebels captain Stirling Mortlock will let his body tell him when it's time to hang up his boots.
Lions coach John Mitchell knows he needs quality depth for the brutal Super Rugby season and is determined to nurture it himself as there is 'nothing to buy out there'.
France's new coach Philippe Saint-Andre's goal in his first Six Nations championship is to deliver consistency, something he says has been missing from the national side for nigh on a century.
It's tough at the top and even tougher at the bottom. Lyon's win lifts them off the bottom where Bayonne find themselves. Montpellier's huge win lifts them into the play-off zone, the top six. For Racing it was a tough defeat at Stade de France.
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