After agreeing to remain in New Zealand, Dane Coles was lavished with praise by Steven Hansen and John Plumtree.
Saracens have tied Maro Itoje down to a new deal that will see him prolong an association with the club that has already lasted 10 years.
Scotland will be without Hamish Watson when their Six Nations campaign begins on February 2.
Owen Farrell got the better of Rory Best on Wednesday, as the England and Ireland captains played Connect 4 ahead of the Six Nations.
Jermaine McGillvary has suffered what Huddersfield Giants head coach Simon Woolford revealed is "quite a big" hamstring injury.
Leigh Halfpenny, Gareth Davies and Scott Williams are set to be absent when Wales get their Six Nations campaign under way.
Despite having an operation on his hand just a fortnight before the Six Nations begins, Owen Farrell expects to be fit to face Ireland.
A spectator who abused Simon Zebo during Ulster's Champions Cup meeting with Racing 92 has been given a lifetime ban by the Pro14 club.
Eddie Jones' England squad has been boosted ahead of the Six Nations with the return of Bath centre Jonathan Joseph.
Wales boss Warren Gatland is still weighing up what his next move will be when he leaves his role after the Rugby World Cup.
Owen Farrell can thrive as captain in the absence of Dylan Hartley as England begin their Six Nations campaign against Ireland.
Owen Farrell will be England's sole captain against Ireland, with Dylan Hartley unavailable for the start of the Six Nations due to injury.
Northampton scored 17 tries in a record victory as they beat Timisoara Saracens 111-3 to reach the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs' Greg Inglis confirmed he was retiring from the NRL at the end of 2020.
Cronulla Sharks are set to benefit from Shaun Johnson's extensive experience, according to new team-mate Andrew Fifita.
Jack Nowell's versatility could be put to the test after Eddie Jones revealed the 25-year-old may feature for England in the pack.
For the second time in two days, a side racked up a century of points in the Challenge Cup as Bristol Bears routed Enisei 107-19.
Billy Vunipola will take more motivation from England's response to the 2015 Rugby World Cup than from the disappointment.
England's preparations for the Six Nations have been hit by the fact captain Owen Farrell needs surgery.
Saracens and Racing 92 secured home quarter-finals in the Champions Cup but the hopes of Exeter Chiefs are over after defeat at Munster.