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The Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster have announce that Rory Best has signed a new two-year contract extension.
Dragons director of rugby Lyn Jones has urged Wales’ top players they should realise the benefits of staying at home.
Saracens star Charlie Hodgson has confirmed he will retire from playing at the end of the season.
Munster are sweating over the fitness of scrum-half Conor Murray ahead of Saturday’s clash with Connacht at Thomond Park.
Edinburgh boss Alan Solomons has made seven changes – two positional – to his starting XV to face Dragons at Murrayfield on Friday.
Zane Kirchner will make his 50th Leinster appearance when he starts for the province in Friday’s match against Ulster in the PRO12.
Springbok lock Victor Matfield is set to make his debut for Northampton Saints against Gloucester at Franklin’s Gardens.
Chris Fusaro and Ryan Grant are both in line to make their 100th Glasgow Warriors appearance when they play Treviso in the PRO12.
London Irish prop Ben Franks is set to return to Twickenham on Saturday when he lines up against Wasps in the London double header.
Castres have signed Julian Caminati as a medical joker after a groin injury to star back Rémy Grosso.