Ospreys prop Nicky Smith looks set for an extended spell on the sidelines, after Wales head coach Warren Gatland revealed he would explore alternative front row options for their final autumn international with South Africa.
Though the manner of Connacht's 43-3 win over Zebre Rugby was not so emphatic until the dying embers, coach Pat Lam was impressed with his team's game management in tricky conditions at the Sportsground.
After victory over Glasgow Warriors ensured they will end 2014 unbeaten at home in the GUINNESS PRO12, Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac insists the physicality of his pack will stand them in good stead in the coming weeks.
After a dominant second-half showing earned Munster a comfortable victory at Rodney Parade, Newport Gwent Dragons director of rugby Lyn Jones admits his side missed the opportunity to build on an impressive start to the contest.
Without the national players involved tomorrow in the last test match of the Autumn series in Padua against the Springboks, Benetton Treviso restarts its campaign in the Guinness PRO12, with the match at Stadio Monigo against the champions of Leinster.