Leicester have signed New Zealand World Cup winning lock Brad Thorn and will be available by the end of September.
Wales prop Adam Jones has rejected a contract offer from the Ospreys and has signed for Cardiff Blues.
Danny Cipriani is prepared to commit his long-term future to Sale - as long as the club can match his own ambitions.
Former Bath and England full-back Jon Callard has taken up a dual role with the Rugby Football Union.
Gary Street says England's Women's Rugby World Cup win can prove the catalyst for a move into professionalism.
England forward James Haskell has extended his contract with Wasps and will captain the side this season.
England won the Women's World Cup after centre Emily Scarratt inspired a 21-9 victory over Canada.
Captain Katy Mclean hailed matchwinner Emily Scarratt as "a phenomenal player" after England won the Women's World Cup.
South Africa got their Rugby Championship campaign up and running with a 13-6 victory over Argentina.
Australia and New Zealand played out a 12-12 stalemate at the ANZ Stadium in the opening Rugby Championship game.