Wasps have announced that England lock Joe Launchbury has agreed a contract extension with the Aviva Premiership club.
Clermont Auvergne forward Julien Bardy has received a five-week ban for striking Saracens and England number eight Billy Vunipola with his knee during last Saturday's European Champions Cup clash at Allianz Park.
Almost one million tickets were snapped up for Rugby World Cup 2015 during last month's general sale, tournament organisers have announced.
England are refusing to rule Manu Tuilagi out of next month's autumn internationals despite Leicester insisting his groin injury will prevent him playing any role.
Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons has urged the Gunners to continue their winning run when they host Lyon on Friday night.
Connacht prop Nathan White will make his first Ireland start against South Africa if Mike Ross does not shake off his groin injury.
Joe Schmidt has angrily denied influencing provincial selection, rubbishing suggestions he has "blocked" Darren Cave's path back to the Ireland squad.
Gloucester have announced a contract extension for England international flanker Matt Kvesic.
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