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CARDIFF (v Brive, European Cup semi-final, Brive, Sunday): J Thomas; S Hill, M Hall, L Davies, N Walker; J Davies, R Howley; A Lewis, J Humphreys, L Mustoe, J Wakeford, D Jones, H Taylor (capt), E Lwis, Gwyn Jones. Replacements: J Hewlett, L Jarvis, P Young, P Booth, K Stewart, J Ringer, Gareth Jones.

Second Division Nottingham have completed a trio of signings with the transfers of the Leicester Tigers forward Duncan Holland, the centre Chris Simmonds from Cardiff Harlequins and the Stourbridge hooker, Rob Merritt.

WALES FIVE NATIONS SQUAD: Backs: W Proctor (Llanelli), J Thomas (Cardiff), M Back (Swansea), I Evans (Llanelli), S Hill (Cardiff), A Bateman (Richmond), L Davies (Cardiff), S Gibbs (Swansea), N Davies (Llanelli), G Thomas (Bridgend), D James (Bridgend), N Jenkins (Pontypridd), A Thomas (Swansea), J Davies (Cardiff), R Howley (Cardiff), P John (Pontypridd), A Moore (Richmond). Forwards: C Loader (Swansea), A Lewis (Cardiff), S John (Llanelli), J Humphreys (Cardiff), G Jenkins (Swansea), B Williams (Neath), D Young (Cardiff), J Davies (Neath), L Mustoe (Cardiff), G Llewellyn (Harlequins), C Quinnell (Richmond), M Rowley (Pontypridd), D Jones (Cardiff), D McIntosh (Pontypridd), H Taylor (Cardiff), A Gibbs (Llanelli), C Charvis (Swansea), G Jones (Cardiff), N Thomas (Bath), S Quinnell (Richmond), S Williams (Neath).

London Irish's decision to postpone tomorrow's Courage League match because they have four players in the Ireland squad preparing to take on Italy is being contested by the solicitors of their opponents, Orrell. Their protest is likely to fail due to a new RFU regulation that allows a club with three or more players in any Test team to call off a domestic game.