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Italy call up Fuser to 6 Nations squad

ROME (AP) Italy coach Jacques Brunel has called up Benetton Treviso lock Marco Fuser to his squad for the opening two Six Nations fixtures as a replacement for the injured Quintin Geldenhuys. (MORE)

Wales downplay England injuries' impact

LONDON (AP) Coach Warren Gatland has warned his Wales players not to underestimate England because of its lengthening list of injuries, ahead of their Six Nations rugby opener next week. (MORE)

France cut training squad to 23

CANET-EN-ROUSSILLON, France (AP) France coach Philippe Saint-Andre is close to finalizing his roster for the upcoming Six Nations tournament after cutting his training squad to 23 players on Wednesday. (MORE)

Toulon flanker Armitage held by police

TOULON, France (AP) Toulon flanker Steffon Armitage and prop Xavier Chiocci have been arrested to be questioned by police over a fight last month. (MORE)

Burgess to start for England Saxons

LONDON (AP) Barely two months into his rugby union career, code-hopper Sam Burgess will play his first match at international level on Friday after being selected by England's second-string Saxons team. (MORE)

Rennie re-signs as Chiefs coach

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Two-time Super Rugby-winning coach Dave Rennie has agreed a two-year contract extension with the Hamilton-based Chiefs. (MORE)

Injured Farrell out of Six Nations

LONDON (AP) England flyhalf Owen Farrell was ruled out of the Six Nations on Tuesday, two days after badly twisting his left knee in club rugby action. (MORE)

Springbok's Smit out of Autumn series

JOHANNESBURG (AP) Captain John Smit will miss South Africa's end-of-season Grand Slam rugby tour to Britain and Ireland after undergoing a back operation. (MORE)

Elsom confident ahead of Hong Kong test

HONG KONG (AP) Australia may have lost 10 straight matches to New Zealand to break a 63-year record, but captain Rocky Elsom still believes the All Blacks can be beaten in their final Bledisloe Cup game of the season next month. (MORE)

Mai out of Samoa's sevens squad

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Uale Mai has withdrawn from Samoa's rugby sevens squad for next month's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi to take up a playing contract in Spain. (MORE)

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