England flanker Chris Robshaw will miss the Six Nations after undergoing shoulder surgery that will keep him out of action for three months, his club Harlequins announced on Monday.
Richard Cockerill's seven-year spell as Leicester's director of rugby came to an end on Monday when the English rugby giants sacked him.
Grenoble climbed provisionally off the foot of the French Top 14 table on Thursday with a rousing 26-22 win over a Toulouse still getting over their European exertions.
An Argentine rugby player has been banned for three years after tackling a female referee during an Italian league match.
England head coach Eddie Jones has tarnished the legacy of his achievements with his native Australia, his Wallabies counterpart Michael Cheika said on Monday.
New Zealand shook off the indignity of its first ever loss to Ireland and triumphed 21-9 in the rematch in Dublin, leaving the host side battered and bemused on Saturday.
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen admits his current crop might struggle to emulate Richie McCaw and Dan Carter, but was given plenty of hope by a 68-10 rout of Italy a week before a crunch date with Ireland.
Alex Corbisiero believes England successor Mako Vunipola is now the "best loosehead prop in the world".
Argentina's Nicolas Sanchez scored two tries as the Pumas overpowered Japan 54-20 on Saturday in the hosts' first test under new coach Jamie Joseph.
Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards has called on the side to climb the global rankings to improve their chances at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.