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Leicester Tigers recent signing Matt Toomua has to undergo surgery after injuring his knee.
Bath have announced that hooker Tom Dunn has signed a new, long-term contract extension with the Premiership club.
England coach Eddie Jones says that his side needs depth to topple to the Springboks for the first time since 2006.
Retired Leinster utility back Luke Fitzgerald says that Ireland should be focusing on homegrown talent.
Gloucester have announced that second row James Hudson has retired from professional rugby with immediate effect.
Bath coach Todd Blackadder believes if any team can beat New Zealand it is likely to be Ireland.
France head coach Guy Novès has announced a 32-man squad, which includes Charles Ollivon, in preparation for their November Tests.
After three consecutive losses, Castres found form at the weekend to secure a convincing bonus-point win against Northampton Saints.
Connacht centre Bundee Aki revealed that he is keen to play at Test level and that Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has contacted him.
The match officials for this week’s action have been confirmed, with Glen Jackson taking charge of the Canterbury versus Tasman fixture.