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Blues coach David Nucifora has named the same starting fifteen from last week for the Super 14 match against the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Scrum-half Matt Henjak has officially been sacked by the Western Force Super 14 franchise after he broke a team-mate's jaw, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said on Friday.
Ian Gough insists Wales must be prepared to play right on the edge of the laws if they are to stop Italy in Saturday's Six Nations showdown at the Millennium Stadium.
For the Highlanders, Super 14 rugby D-Day happens as early as Saturday night's match against a similarly-depleted Brumbies in Canberra.
Kelly Brown insists Scotland must leave nothing to chance against Ireland at Croke Park and be prepared for the hosts to be back to their best.
Speed machine Mark Jones is ready to exploit Italy's new-look back three and fast-track Wales to a third straight Six Nations victory.
Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll is facing a Friday fitness test ahead of the Six Nations clash with Scotland on Saturday.
Phil Vickery has called on his England players to take "ownership and responsibility" for their performances when they tackle Six Nations title favourites France on Saturday.
On Friday, the Crusaders will travel to Loftus Versfeld, and arguably the most hostile reception to be found anywhere in world rugby.
Highlanders coach Glenn Moore has made three changes to his starting line-up for Saturday's Super 14 match against the injury-ravaged Brumbies in Canberra.