Former England scrum coach Neal Hatley has been promoted to take over as Bath head coach.
Charlie Ewels has taken exception to suggestions Bath players are planning to refuse the club's request to take a pay cut.
Francois Louw is into his ninth season with Bath but has revealed this will be his final year at the Recreation Ground.
Exeter Chiefs have returned to the Premiership summit, while Wasps and Saracens also celebrated victories.
There was no debut victory for Bath new boy Rhys Webb as Bristol Bears continued their charged at a packed Rec.
Wales full-back Liam Williams has joined the Scarlets ahead of schedule, while Rhys Webb joined Bath ahead of a move to Ospreys.
London Irish handled challenging conditions impressively to win at Harlequins, while champions Saracens were too good for Sale Sharks.
Exeter Chiefs rallied in the second half against Sale Sharks, but the Premiership leaders still slipped to a first defeat since November.
Northampton Saints and Glasgow Warriors did all they could to stay in the European Champions Cup, while Ulster are definitely through.
Super Rugby team the Stormers received financial support from a corporate partner to sign Jamie Roberts from Bath.