Munster have announced the signing of utility forward Robin Copeland from RaboDirect PRO12 rivals Cardiff.
Senior officials from the five leading sports have been called into a meeting with the Government on how to tackle the scourge of match-fixing.
Any culture of pressurising players into toughing out potential concussions must be stamped out of rugby, according to the Irish Rugby Football Union's new medical services boss.
Bath have parted company with director of rugby Gary Gold with immediate effect.
Hayden Smith has rejoined Saracens after failing to carve out a career in the NFL.
Munster took over top spot in Pool 6 of the Heineken Cup with a convincing 36-8 victory over previous leaders Perpignan at Thomond Park.
Northampton flanker Tom Wood has apologised to the club's supporters following the 40-7 defeat to Leinster in Saturday's Heineken Cup clash at Franklin's Gardens.
South Africa produced a timely tribute to former president Nelson Mandela as they beat New Zealand to win the third tournament of the IRB Sevens World Series on home soil.
London Irish came out on top 24-13 against Stade Francais in the battle of the Pool Five heavyweights at the Madejski Stadium.
Toby Flood has backed Miles Benjamin to break into the England squad after his two tries in the Heineken Cup win over Montpellier.
Pat Lam was delighted at the way his side held their nerve to pull off one of the biggest wins in the history of the Irish province.
Connacht produced one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Heineken Cup on Sunday when they won 16-14 in Toulouse.