The Top 14 transfer window officially closed at midnight on Saturday with a handful of last-minute announcements made by France's big spenders.
The most active club of the last week was Stade Franšais, who have made a big push with a series of interesting recruitments as Sharks centre Meyer Bosman, Toulouse flank Sylvain Nicolas and Toulon prop Davit Kubriashvili added their names to list of arrivals. They will join Springbok pivot Morne Steyn, Wallaby wing Digby Ioane, Rebels back Richard Kingi and ex-Racing Metro coach Gonzalo Quesada in Paris.
Stormers full-back Joe Pietersen's agent announced that the former Bayonne player is returning to the Basque country, to join bitter local rivals Biarritz. Tongan lock Lisiate Fa'aoso is one of five players signed from Agen.
On Friday, Toulon confirmed the arrival Martin Castrogiovanni despite his mid-season transfer from Leicester falling through. Racing hooker Benjamin Noirot and Bath scrum-half Michael Claassens are also confrimed to be heading to RCT.
Newly-crowned champions Castres have bolstered their squad with the five new players. The main one is undoubtedly the British and Irish Lions lock Richie Gray. Bayonne fly-half CÚdric Garcia and France U20 scrum-half Julien Tomas from Montpellier are also amongst the new faces. But the biggest news in the Tarn is probably the retention of South African Rory Kockott, who had been linked to a move to Toulon or Racing.
Newly-promoted Brive have roped in Western Force centre Alfie Mafi as one of their 13 recruits.
Grenoble also enhanced their squad with 125kg Lions second-row Hendrik Roodt from South Africa.
Clermont have brought in South African utility back Gavin Hume from Perpignan as a medical joker while Springbok centre Wynand Olivier is on his way to Montpellier to take over the spot turned down by Robert Ebersohn.