Bath have handed the captain's armband to Dave Attwood for their Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final match against Brive on Sunday.
English and French clubs are to form a new breakaway competition next season after talks about continuing the Heineken Cup ended.
With the Rugby Championship taking a week off after two pulsating rounds, our focus this week is on the best of the action from France....
The Top 14 transfer window closed at midnight on Saturday with a handful of last-minute announcements made in France.
Toulouse and Biarritz will turn their attention to domestic action when they go head to head in the Top 14 on Friday.
Following a three-week break due to recent Tests, Top 14 rugby returns this week with Toulouse v Clermont the stand-out fixture.
Toulon needed eight penalties from Jonny Wilkinson to scrape past Stade Français on Thursday and retain their lead in the Top 14.
France will host the 2014 Heineken and Amlin Challenge Cup Finals, with the venues and precise dates yet to be confirmed by the ERC.
Biarritz and Toulon are the only unbeaten teams left in France and both will expect to continue their winning ways with home fixtures....
English and French clubs are preparing to quit the Heineken Cup for a new competition due to a gripe with the current qualification format....
Defending champions Toulouse kick off the Top 14 season at home to Castres on Friday, before Toulon end the weekend in Perpignan.
Scotland scrum-half Mike Blair has confirmed that he will further his career with Brive next season.
British and Irish Lions scrum-half Mike Blair has signed with relegated club Brive, according to various reports in the French press....
Toulouse finished Top 14 regular season at the summit of the standings thanks to victory over Montpellier on Saturday.
The Top 14 play-off fixtures have yet to be decided as Montpellier visit Toulouse for a rematch of last year's final.
Toulon booked their place in the Top 14 play-offs with a narrow win at home to defending champions Toulouse on Saturday.
With just two rounds left to play, Toulon host leaders Toulouse while Racing Metro and Stade Français face off in the Paris derby.