Exeter Chiefs will begin their defence of the LV= Cup with a trip to Wales to face Newport Gwent Dragons.
The strongly-favoured NSW Waratahs have the lure of hosting their first Super Rugby final if they can get past the ACT Brumbies in a mouthwatering all-Australian semi-final clash at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
Seven-time champion Crusaders take on a ravenous Sharks side in the first Super Rugby semi-final at the usually impenetrable fortress that is AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday.
Cardiff Blues have signed Super Rugby star Gareth Anscombe from New Zealand side Waikato Chiefs.
The Blues have been buoyed by news a quartet of their leading players have signed deals to remain at the franchise.
World Cup winner Bryan Habana has an outside chance of competing in the Commonwealth Games after being granted a late release from his French club Toulon.
Warratahs coach Michael Cheika says his experiences in his early days at Leinster will help him avoid making the same mistakes ahead of this weekend's Super Rugby semi-final against Brumbies.
England's women will draw on the pain of three near misses when they take to the field at next month's Rugby World Cup in France, says back-rower Alexandra Matthews.
Glasgow Warriors have captured the signature of South African Rossouw de Klerk, subject to the prop being granted a visa and passing a medical.
London Welsh have continued their overhaul of their squad by making Cardiff Blues lock James Down their 24th new arrival of the summer.
Henry Speight has been named in Australia’s 32-man squad for the forthcoming Rugby Championship – even though the Fijian-born winger is ineligible for half of their fixtures.
Heineken Cup champions Toulon have released winger Bryan Habana to play for South Africa Sevens at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.