George Smith and Pat McCabe could both still feature for Australia against the British and Irish Lions this summer after scans revealed their injuries were not as bad as first feared.
Lions forwards coach Graham Rowntree expects Sam Warburton to be galvanised by the presence of "proven warrior" Paul O'Connell in Australia.
Richard Cockerill says there will be no room for sentiment when Leicester bid farewell to some familiar faces at the Aviva Premiership final.
Cardiff Blues lock Bradley Davies is to captain Wales on their two-Test tour of Japan.
Paul O'Connell has spoken in glowing terms of his successor as British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton saying he's "wise beyond his years".
Bradley Davies will lead Wales on their two-Test tour of Japan motivated by the experience of missing the Six Nations title triumph.
Samoan international James So'oialo has agreed to join Irish side Connacht from Wellington Norths on a two-year deal.
Glasgow Warriors centre Graeme Morrison has announced his retirement from professional rugby on medical grounds.
Jonny Wilkinson will do everything he can to be fit and ready to answer an injury SOS from the British and Irish Lions.
Jonny Wilkinson has capped a triumphant Heineken Cup campaign with Toulon by being named European player of the year.
Martin Castrogiovanni's departure from Leicester has been confirmed although the Italian prop's future plans are far from clear.
Australian coach Robbie Deans challenged Quade Cooper to prove himself when the Queensland Reds face the British and Irish Lions on June 8.