The latest rugby news on the major tournaments from around the globe.
These are desperate times for Brive, Biarritz, Bayonne and Lyon as the spectre of relegation haunts them. Biarritz have so improved of late that they look the most likely to survive, troubled Bayonne the most likely for the long drop. This weekend they head across to Toulon who will be bristling with anger after their suspension of their owner, Mourad Boudjellal.
The Currie Cup champions, the Lions, should not expect any favours when they arrive at Newlands on Friday to take on the Stormers in a Super Rugby pre-season outing.
Ulster flanker Chris Henry will lead the Ireland Wolfhounds against England Saxons at Sandy Park, Exeter, on Saturday.
In the absence of veteran Springbok Juan Smith, who may well miss the start of the season, the Cheetahs will hope that fellow Bok loose forward Heinrich Brüssow can go through the Super Rugby pre-season injury free.
Andy Farrell will have no problem putting family ties to one side when it comes to deciding whether his son Owen makes England's starting team.
At a disciplinary hearing the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR), who runs professional rugby in France, the president of Toulon, Mourad Boudjellal was suspended for 130 days after his outburst against what he termed sodomie arbitrale (refereeing buggery) in a wide-ranging attack aimed largely at French referees.
One of the biggest weekends in the European club rugby calendar will kick-off with the first Amlin Challenge Cup quarterfinal contest, between last season's finalists, Stade Francais and the Exeter Chiefs.
New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens has named four new caps in his 2012 national contracted Sevens squad, who are preparing for next weekend's IRB Sevens World Series tournament in Wellington.
Stade Francais prop David Attoub was the surprise inclusion in the 23-man squad announced by French coach Philippe Saint-Andre on Thursday, ahead of the Six Nations opener with Italy at Stade de France on February 4.
In the absence of experienced flyhalf Peter Grant a three-horse race have developed for the Stormers No.10 jersey ahead of the new Super Rugby season.
Stade Francais prop David Attoub has been recalled to the France squad for the Six Nations opener against Italy.
Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond has revealed for the first time the full extent of the serious illness which forced the Sharks chief to be hospitalised for a fortnight.
Sharks coach John Plumtree believes the foundation built between November and January will stand the team in good stead as they attempt to break their Super Rugby drought.
Andy Robinson has defended his attack on England's "arrogance" at the World Cup, insisting he was only standing up for what is right.
Sam Warburton wants Wales to adopt the same fearless approach that served them so well at the World Cup for the Six Nations.
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