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Rory Lamont will miss Scotland's Six Nations clash against Wales after being hit by injuries in the defeat by France.
The Crusaders received a tremendous boost this week when it was confirmed that All Black flyhalf Dan Carter would be available for the team's final Super 14 warm-up match before their 13th Crusade begins next month.
Chris Paterson is delighted Scotland will be back in the Six Nations Championship firing line on Saturday – so they can get the defeat to France out of their system.
Tasesa Lavea, who has a history of injuries in major competition, admitted that he was bitterly disappointed about the foot injury that would keep him out of the Super 14 this year.
Wallaby flank Rocky Elsom will return to bolster what is a formidable Waratahs back row for the annual Rotomahana Challenge against the Crusaders in Sydney on Thursday.
Hooker Jason Macdonald will lead the Highlanders when they face the Blues in their last warm-up match for the Super 14, at Carisbrook on Friday.
Uncapped Newcastle scrum-half Lee Dickson has been called into the England training squad preparing for next Sunday's Six Nations Championship clash against Italy in Rome.
Crusaders and Wallaby coach Robbie Deans said that the only way South Africa, Australia and New Zealand could stop the mass player exodus to Europe and Japan was by expanding the Super 14 professional window.
Three games, two predictable results and one almighty upset. That, in a nutshell, was the opening weekend of the Six Nations. Take the time to delve below the surface however and you will find a great deal more that.
France's stand-out performer Vincent Clerc feels optimistic about the future but still has his feet planted firmly on the ground after France's 27-6 win at Murray Field in their Six Nations opener.