Experienced back-row Mike Coman will captain Edinburgh this season, with Scotland international lock Grant Gilchrist as vice-captain.
Kurtley Beale has been dropped by Ewen McKenzie as one of four changes to his side for Saturday's clash with South Africa in Perth.
Northampton Saints has announced that Jonathan Fisher has signed a full-time contract with the club after impressing on trial.
Seabelo Senatla has been laid low by an ankle injury which will keep him out of the Western Province side for at least two weeks.
Munster have confirmed the signing of Argentinian hooker Eusebio Guiñazú on a four-month contract.
Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter has confirmed Pat Phibbs is to return to the club on trial with immediate effect.
Racing Métro will not be fined regarding the numbers on the back of their shirts used against Toulon on Saturday.
Ospreys forward Sam Lewis will sit out the opening weeks of the new campaign after suffering a ligament injury against Saracens.
Zebre captain Marco Bortolami knows the big challenge for his team is be ready from the off in their opener against Cardiff Blues.
The arrival of Gareth Anscombe in Cardiff will drive on the challengers for the Wales fly-half jersey according to Robin McBryde.
Phil Thiel has joined Saracens. The US Eagles hooker has been signed as short-term cover for Schalk Brits.
Munster have cooled reports of a "crisis" in the camp after an email error saw management's thoughts on players sent to said personnel....
Louis Picamoles could be out of action until January after picking up a lung infection over the off-season which has kept him sidelined....
Jonathan Sexton will be out of action for at least a month after fracturing his jaw during Racing-Métro's win over Toulon on Saturday....
All Black lock Brodie Retallick is ready to get reacquainted with Argentina second-row Tomas Lavanini when they clash in Napier.
It appears Dubai will be making a bid to host the 2018 RWC Sevens as they look to stage the event for the second time in nine years.
Centre Kyle Eastmond has put his England disappointment behind him ahead of the new season, vowing to bounce back quickly.