Wales head coach Warren Gatland may be without speedy Ospreys openside Justin Tipuric for his side's June tour of South Africa.
Connacht have secured the services of New Zealand-born front-row Tom McCartney from Super Rugby franchise, the Blues.
The arrival of newly signed Sharks prop, Allan Dell, has been postponed til the start of Edinburgh's pre-season preparations.
The Brumbies' proposal for national anthems of Australia and NZ to be played before their clash with the Chiefs has been rejected.
London Wasps wing Christian Wade won't rush his return from injury, even if it means missing England's tour to New Zealand.
Lock Adam Coleman and scrum-half Ian Prior will make their first starts for the Western Force in Friday's clash with the Rebels.
Chiefs utility back Mils Muliaina has been ruled out for the rest of the defending champions' Super Rugby campaign due to injury.
Saracens flanker Justin Melck has been called-up by Germany in their bid for a place at next year's Rugby World Cup in England.
The Force will be hoping to make it six wins in a row when they run out at AAMI Park for this derby against the Rebels on Friday.
Reinstated fly-half Chris Noakes is determined to seize his chance when the Blues face the Hurricanes in Wellington on Friday.
Former Springbok wing Tonderai Chavhanga will make his Sharks Super Rugby debut in Saturday's derby against the Cheetahs.
The Chiefs have made six changes to their starting side for Saturday's Super Rugby showdown with the Crusaders at at Waikato Stadium....
Rebels head coach Tony McGahan has made one change to his team for Friday's clash against the Western Force in Melbourne.
A try-fest would appear to be on the cards when the Hurricanes and the Blues face off on Friday at Westpac Stadium on Friday.
Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has made three changes to his starting XV to play the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday.
IRB Chief Brett Gosper is relieved a resolution to the European dispute was found before it tarnished rugby's reputation.
Newcastle Falcons have announced they have signed American international prop Eric Fry, who is the club's sixth signing for 2014/15.