Andrew Coombs has received a three-week ban after being cited for allegedly stamping on an opponent's head.
Conor O'Shea believes Aviva Premiership clubs have "little alternative" but to ratify a second salary cap increase.
England wing Jack Nowell has made a successful return to action after being sidelined since March.
Gordon D'Arcy could prove Ireland boss Joe Schmidt's surprise choice to succeed Brian O'Driscoll at outside centre.
Cardiff Blues say they would be "extremely keen" on Leigh Halfpenny possibly rejoining them.
Tom Youngs is relieved that missing England's New Zealand tour will not affect his Rugby World Cup chances.
Uncapped Nathan Harris looks set to make his New Zealand debut in the final two matches of the Rugby Championship.
Increasing the Aviva Premiership's buying power will stop England's stars heading overseas after Rugby World Cup 2015.
South Africa have called up JP Pietersen after Ruan Pienaar was ruled out for the remainder of the Rugby Championship.
Australia back-row Wycliff Palu will miss the rest of the Rugby Championship because of continuing concussion concerns.