Edinburgh lock Grant Gilchrist will captain Scotland in the autumn internationals against Argentina, New Zealand and Tonga.
Saracens hooker Schalk Brits is facing surgery and is not expected to be fit again until "well into the new year".
New South Wales Waratahs boss Michael Cheika says he has been offered the chance to take over as Australia coach.
Dan Carter and Sonny Bill Williams are named in New Zealand's squad for next month's northern hemisphere Tests.
Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care says becoming a father for the first time has given him added motivation as a player.
David Strettle says his form and experience merits an England recall for next month's autumn internationals.
Ospreys' trip to Northampton Saints will be a true test of their European ambitions, says fly-half Dan Biggar.
Flanker Tom Wood says Northampton have learned a "cruel lesson" in missing out on a losing bonus point against Racing Metro.
Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter expects his fringe players to improve as their European Challenge Cup campaign goes on.
Wasps boss Dai Young says the bonus-point loss at Leinster will be meaningless if his side fail to win their home ties.
Christian Wade's solo try is not enough for Wasps as Leinster win 25-20 in the European Rugby Champions Cup.
Toulon's campaign for a historic third successive European title begins with a scrappy 28-18 win over gutsy Scarlets.
Ospreys open their European Rugby Champions Cup campaign with a 42-7 win over Italian side Treviso in Swansea.
Centre Manu Tuilagi is a doubt for England's autumn series after injuring his groin again in Leicester's win over Ulster.
Stuart Gallacher, a Wales dual-code international and ex-Regional Rugby Wales chief executive, dies at the age of 68.
Winger Topsy Ojo scores a hat-trick as London Irish thrash Italian side Rovigo 70-14 in their opening Challenge Cup game.
A last-minute converted try from Malakai Fekitoa gives New Zealand a thrilling 29-28 victory over Australia.
Australia coach Ewen McKenzie resigns after the 29-28 defeat by New Zealand in Brisbane, 11 months before the World Cup.
Glasgow open their European Champions Cup campaign in style, running in five tries in a 37-10 win against Bath.
Newport Gwent Dragons' Lee Byrne is delighted to win at Stade Francais - a feat he never managed with Clermont Auvergne.
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Edinburgh lock Grant Gilchrist talks to BBC Scotland's Kheredine Idessane after being named skipper for Scotland's autumn Test series.
European champions Toulon want to prove there is life after Jonny Wilkinson as they bid for an unprecedented third title in a row.
At the start of the new European Rugby Champions Cup, Jeremy Guscott explains why there will be humdingers from the off.
Scotland's Rugby Sevens side continue to fall short despite considerable funding, writes BBC Scotland's Tom English.
A large proportion of supporters will stick with Wasps when they move to Coventry, says chief executive Nick Eastwood.