Jonny Wilkinson has capped a triumphant Heineken Cup campaign with Toulon by being named European player of the year.
Martin Castrogiovanni's departure from Leicester has been confirmed although the Italian prop's future plans are far from clear.
Australian coach Robbie Deans challenged Quade Cooper to prove himself when the Queensland Reds face the British and Irish Lions on June 8.
Former England full-back Delon Armitage has become embroiled in row with past and present players after taunting an opponent while scoring the match-winning try for Toulon in their Heineken Cup triumph.
Nick Kennedy described winning the Heineken Cup as the pinnacle of his career and a vindication of his decision to move to Toulon last summer.
Rory Best will lead Ireland's 28-man squad for their tour to the United States and Canada after being snubbed by the British and Irish Lions.
Australia coach Robbie Deans has left the door open for the likes of Quade Cooper to face the Lions.
Code-hopper Israel Folau was one of three uncapped players named in Australia's preliminary 25-man squad to face the British and Irish Lions.
Jonny Wilkinson described winning the Heineken Cup with Toulon as a bigger achievement than his Rugby World Cup triumph 10 years ago.
Jonny Wilkinson's Toulon staged a dramatic fightback to edge out French rivals Clermont Auvergne 16-15 in a thrilling Heineken Cup final in Dublin.
Tatafu Polota-Nau is unlikely to play a part in the British & Irish Lion series, but Australia coach Robbie Deans is hopeful over George Smith.
Ronan O'Gara has agreed to become assistant coach of Racing Metro after announcing his retirement from rugby.