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Again there are many matches taking places within the Six Nations apart from the big matches between the 1st XVs.
The Lions are not being given a snowball's hope in hell of making the Super 14 play-offs, but fly-half Louis Strydom says nothing could be further from the truth.
Crusaders flank Kieran Read said the Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) would take their toll on loose forwards for at least the first few weeks of the Super 14 campaign.
Chiefs and All Blacks fullback Mils Muliaina is eager to get some enjoyment back into his game, after enduring the most frustrating and disappointing year of his career in 2007.
The Western Force's barroom brawler, Matt Henjak, will start in his team's first Super 14 game of the season, against the Sharks in Durban on Friday.
Australian Rugby Union (ARU) CEO John O'Neill says they are keen to entice Blues coach David Nucifora back to Australia.
Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie has announced an experienced line-up for his team's Super 14 opener against the Hurricanes at the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday.
Matt Henjak's career hangs in the balance after the 26-year-old scrumhalf was linked to another barroom brawl involving Australian players.
Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus produced a mixed bag of news on Monday, as his team stepped up training for the opening round of the Super 14.
Talented Springbok loose forward Pierre Spies will remain on the sidelines for a while longer. It has been confirmed that the 22-year-old star won't return to the playing field before March.