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Wales prop Gethin Jenkins has revealed how the new coaching team of Warren Gatland and Shaun Edwards has brought a steely self belief to the squad.
Cardiff Blues lock Deniol Jones has been called in to the Wales squad to provide cover for the injured Alun-Wyn Jones.
After just eight of 26 rounds France's Top 14 seems to be settling into a comfortable Top 4 and an uncomfortable bottom half dozen.
France coach Marc LiÃ¨vremont has picked an unchanged 22-man squad for Saturday's Six Nations Championship clash with Ireland in Paris.
Veteran lock forward Willem Stoltz is the 'surprise package' in the Lions team to face the Sharks in a Super 14 pre-season match in Durban on Wednesday.
Highlanders coach Glenn Moore is having one final go at experimentation with his Highlanders squad before the Super 14 campaign kicks off against the Reds next week.
The Six Nations opened with a couple of fascinating matches as Italy ran Ireland close in Dublin and, for the first time since 1988, Wales beat England in London.
Julien Malzieu kicked off his international career with a bang, scoring on debut and helping France to a winning start in their Six Nations campaign.
The Bulls' International Rugby Board (IRB) and South African Rugby Union (SARU) Player of the Year, wing Bryan Habana, will be up and running in a few days, follow a rib injury.
Jonny Wilkinson is free to remain part of England's troubled Six Nations campaign.