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.
Mike Tindall will captain the Barbarians against England at Twickenham on Sunday.
Gloucester crashed out of the Amlin Challenge Cup after holders Biarritz ran out 41-31 winners at Kingsholm.
South African-born Antonie Claassen expects pressure after his surprise call-up for France's Six Nations clash against England.
France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has hinted that flyhalf Frederic Michalak may be dropped when they visit England with a revamped team in their next Six
Harlequins are likely to be the top seeds in this season's Heineken Cup quarter-finals if they beat Biarritz on Friday.
Ulster took a comprehensive 25-6 bonus point victory at Franklin's Garden that all but extinguished Northampton's Heineken Cup ambitions.
England international Steffon Armitage has hailed the influence of former France coach Bernard Laporte on Challenge Cup finalists Toulon.
Dimitri Yachvili's 75th-minute penalty ended a gallant Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final fightback by Wasps as they lost 26-23 to Biarritz.
Wales are Grand Slam champions as they beat France 16-9 in a thrilling Six Nations clash at the Millennium Stadium.
Scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili was recalled to lead a reshuffled French side for their Six Nations finale against Wales in Cardiff.
15-Clement Poitrenaud, 14-Wesley Fofana, 13-Aurelien Rougerie, 12-Florian Fritz, 11-Alexis Palisson, 10-Lionel Beauxis, 9-Dimitri Yachvili.
Wales: Sam Warburton, Dan Lydiate, Alex Cuthbert and Mike Phillips
Grand Slam-seeking Wales dominated the shortlist for the Six Nations player of the championship.
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