Left out so far by regional competitions, Argentina, the world's number four team, will finally join the Tri-Nations in 2012. The Super 14 southern-hemisphere rugby championship will add another Australian club to become the Super 15.
French veterans Damien Traille and Jerome Thion have been recalled to face England in the Six Nations championship on March 15 at Twickenham. Ouedraogo, Picamoles, Baby (injured) and Poitrenaud have been ruled out.
Ireland took the lead in the Six Nations championship after a tight 14-13 win against England. The team is the only one still able to accomplish a Grand Slam this year which would be the first for the country since 1948.
Scotland recorded a 26-6 win in Edinburgh over an inferior Italian side to secure its first win in this year's Six Nations.Sitting at the bottom of the championship, Italy will next play Wales, one of the favourites.
Ireland should expect a close contest when they play England at Croke Park on Saturday. The first meeting of the two countries there saw the Irish win 43-13, their highest score and biggest winning margin in the history of the Six Nations tournament.
'Les Bleus' beat Wales, considered one of Europe's best rugby teams, in a hard-fought match in Paris this evening. The French side, led by coach Marc Lievremont, won 21-16, dashing Wales's hopes of a new Six Nations Grand Slam.
France host title-holders Wales at the Stade de France in the first ever Six Nations evening match. After two disappointing matches, Les Bleus will try to avoid another upset with a surprising line-up.
International English prop Matt Stevens has been banned from rugby until 2011 after testing positive for cocaine. The rugby player, who has won 32 international caps, had admitted he had taken cocaine and had said he was willing to seek treatment.
French coach Marc Lièvremont has unveiled a surprising line-up for his team's clash against Wales. The Clermont centre Benoit Baby (pictured) will start as flyhalf, while 20-year-old Mathieu Bastareaud will make his international debut at centre.