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Lions coach Eugene Eloff has his big guns on "standby" to launch into attack in their final Super 14 pre-season outing, against the Sharks in Durban on Wednesday.
News from a secret source within the French Six Nations squad is that the French tight five seem to suffering from reoccurring nightmares. Bizarrely the five players seem to be having the SAME dream.
Springbok prop CJ van der Linde, who injured his calf in training for the Cheetahs last week, might miss the start of the Super 14 – when his team faces the Lions on February 16.
Blues Assistant Coach Greg Cooper is upbeat about the progress made by the Blues in coming to terms with the new Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) in the two pre-season games played thus far.
The Brumbies attracted an audience with a difference to their training session ahead of Friday's final Super 14 pre-season match against the Hurricanes in Levin.
Italy assistant coach Carlo Orlandi is expecting England to raise their game when they travel to Rome for their second match of the Six Nations Championship this weekend.
England will be without the services of flanker Tom Rees and winger David Strettle for the remainder of the Six Nations due to injuries picked up in the side's 19-26 loss to Wales on Saturday.
Scotland scrum-half Chris Cusiter insists they can bounce back from their heavy defeat by France by cutting out the simple mistakes.
Scotland coach Frank Hadden has added nine players to his training squad for their clash against Wales on Saturday.
Cardiff Blues wing Jamie Roberts could not hide his delight at being named in the Wales side to play Scotland in Cardiff on Saturday.