Wales star Mike Phillips is ready to raise the performance bar in pursuit of a prize that has eluded the British and Irish Lions since 1997.
After six months' planning and three weeks' training, coach Warren Gatland finally begins his British and Irish Lions adventure in earnest on Saturday.
Italy captain Sergio Parisse will lead the Barbarians in Saturday's encounter with the British and Irish Lions in Hong Kong.
Jean-Marc Doussain is facing the exciting yet frightening prospect of winning his first four caps against New Zealand.
Mike Tindall will captain the Barbarians against England at Twickenham on Sunday.
Gloucester boss Nigel Davies admitted his team's Amlin Challenge Cup hopes were ended by "a very clinical" Biarritz team at Kingsholm.
Gloucester crashed out of the Amlin Challenge Cup after holders Biarritz ran out 41-31 winners at Kingsholm.
Aviron Bayonnais and Biarritz Olympique scrapped to a 6-6 draw in a dour all-Basque affair in France’s Top 14.
Clermont won 17-10 away at Grenoble to cut Toulon's lead in the Top 14 to just three points.
Ben Youngs has studied former France scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili to develop the skills that will keep him in England's number nine jersey for Saturday's clash
France look nothing like the team who beat Australia in November but England are the same side who humbled New Zealand.
Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea hailed his team's attitude after they ended Biarritz's unbeaten home record with a 16-9 victory in the Heineken Cup.
Harlequins completed a clean sweep in Pool 3 of the Heineken Cup with a hard-earned 16-9 victory at rain-soaked Biarritz.
Harlequins are likely to be the top seeds in this season's Heineken Cup quarter-finals if they beat Biarritz on Friday.
Centre Marcelo Bosch scored two tries as Biarritz recorded a comfortable 32-6 bonus-point win over Zebre in Heineken Cup Pool Three in Parma
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