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It's a busy weekend for players, spectators and referees. Six Nations and attendant matches, European Nations Cup, Super 14 – the whole lot. Referees will be flying all over the place.</
Axed England scrum-half Andy Gomarsall has adopted a defiant stance after being dropped for England's Six Nations clash against France in Paris on Saturday.
Scotland coach Frank Hadden has made at least four changes in personnel for the Six Nations match against Ireland at Croke Park in Dublin on Saturday.
A team of three Scots is on its way Lisbon to act as match officials in the European Nations Cup match between Portugal and Georgia, the Lobos against the Lelos with the Lelos expected to win.
Lions coach Eugene Eloff has made just one change to the team that will face the high-flying Blues in a Super 14 Round Two match at Ellis Park on Saturday.
The Western Force, still reeling from the news that scrumhalf Matt Henjak had his contract torn up, were dealt a second big blow with the announcement that fullback Cameron Shepherd has been ruled out of the Super 14 Week Two clash with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Friday.
Sean Fitzpatrick is not at all surprised former New Zealand team-mate Warren Gatland has made such a successful start to his tenure in Wales.
Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan believes the selection of Chris Paterson at fly-half signals a tactical rethink by Scotland.
France have lined-up an extremely young axis combination for Saturday's Six Nations game against England – but the youngsters are full of confidence.
It has not been a bad week so far for Sale Sharks scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth, writes <i>Frank Malley</i>.