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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.
Mercurial utility back Francios Steyn is not prepared to let the disappointments of losing the Super 14 Final to the Bulls at Absa Stadium hamper his development as a player this year.
French captain Lionel Nallet was pleased that the players showed individual initiative while retaining a collective spirit in their Six Nations win against Scotland on Sunday.
Crusaders and All black fly-half Dan Carter was full of praise for his Welsh counterpart James Hook even prior to Hook's stellar performance against England at Twickenham on Saturday.
Worcester Director of Rugby Mike Ruddock has confirmed that fly-half Shane Drahm and back row Drew Hickey will leave the club at the end of the current season and move to Japanese side Kubota Spears.
Georgia beat Portugal 31-3 in the Mikheil Meskhi Stadium in Vake on Saturday, to move to the top of the European Nations Cup. They have the same number of points as Russia but have a better points' difference.
The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) is hoping that the introduction of the new Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) will reignite the passions of Super 14 fans.