England and Wasps lock Joe Launchbury is to undergo surgery on a neck injury and will miss the 2015 Six Nations.
New Zealand's Dan Carter will end his international career to become rugby's highest-paid player by joining Racing Metro.
Harlequins lock Charlie Matthews is cleared after being cited for an off-the-ball clash with Leinster's Dominic Ryan.
Wales and Cardiff Blues fly-half Rhys Patchell is joined by a nurse for a star turn on the guitar during a Christmas hospital visit.
Toulon say they could take legal action against the Leicester fans whose testimony led to Delon Armitage's 12-week ban.
Ireland prop Mike Ross signs a new contract which will keep him at provincial side Leinster until at least June 2016.
Northampton are striving to eclipse the achievements of local rivals Leicester Tigers, says full-back Ben Foden.
Premiership side London Welsh hope to create a "level-playing field" next season after central funding concerns.
Toulon's Martin Castrogiovanni is fined and given a suspended ban for his rant to the media after their game at Leicester.
Exeter Chiefs agree contract extensions with Will Chudley, Matt Jess and Don Armand to keep them at Sandy Park.
London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith plays down talk he will leave the club at the end of the season.
England forwards Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes are among seven players to sign new deals at Northampton Saints.
Wasps Rugby Club says it is expecting a record crowd of about 27,000 people to watch the first game at its controversial new home in Coventry on Sunday.
Team news as Sale Sharks host Exeter Chiefs in Friday's Premiership fixture at AJ Bell Stadium (19:45 GMT).
Joe Schmidt's Irish side will warm up for the 2015 World Cup by playing Wales twice, Scotland and England.
Justin Tipuric is in contract talks with Ospreys amid reports Leicester are interested in the Wales and Lions flanker.
Sale Sharks hooker Tommy Taylor puts pen to paper on a new one-year contract with the Premiership club.
Scarlets are in talks with Wales trio Jake Ball, Rhys Priestland and Liam Williams over new contracts, says coach Wayne Pivac.
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Ulster lock Dan Tuohy was delighted to be "still sore" on Tuesday after making his return to action after 11 weeks out.
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