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Glasgow Warriors withstood a battling Cardiff Blues performance to keep apace with Munster in Conference A following a 38-34 victory.
Clermont moved back to the Top 14 summit for one day at least after they beat Bordeaux-Begles 40-22 at Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin.
A weakened Saracens team overcame their international absentees to defeat Leicester Tigers 33-10 at Allianz Park and move to the summit.
The Crusaders started the defence of their Super Rugby title with a hard-fought but exciting 24-22 victory over the Blues at Eden Park.
Number eight Ben Morgan scored late on as Gloucester moved ahead of Harlequins in the Premiership after a superb 24-17 victory over Exeter.
Edinburgh recovered from a half-time deficit to secure a 34-17 bonus-point win over the Dragons that lifts them to second in Conference B.
Four games take place in the PRO14 on Saturday with Cardiff Blues’ clash against Glasgow Warriors at Arms Park the standout contest.
There are four games scheduled in the Premiership on Saturday with Saracens against Leicester Tigers the pick of the action at Allianz Park.
The referees for next month’s Champions Cup and Challenge Cup quarter-finals featuring nine tournament winners have been named.
Quade Cooper delivered a fine performance in his debut for the Rebels as they notched a 34-27 win over the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday.
New Blues coach Leon MacDonald is relishing the prospect of taking on his former club, the Crusaders, in their derby at Eden Park on Saturday.
Check out the team line-ups ahead of Round One of Super Rugby.
Northampton Saints have announced that New Zealand tighthead prop Owen Franks will join the club from the Canterbury-based Crusaders.
Scotland have suffered another injury setback with Glasgow outside centre Huw Jones unlikely to play any further part in the Six Nations.
There’s three matches in the PRO14 on Friday as Round 15 starts with Edinburgh, Munster and Ospreys facing the Dragons, Kings and Ulster.
Two games kick off Round 13 of the Premiership season on Friday as Bristol Bears host Wasps while Gloucester face leaders Exeter Chiefs.
Centre Ruhan Nel and prop Corne Fourie are both set to make their Stormers debut in the Super Rugby clash with the Bulls in Pretoria.
Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar has inked a contract extension that will keep him with the team until at least the end of the 2021 season.
All Blacks scrum-half TJ Perenara will captain the Hurricanes in their Super Rugby opener against the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.
Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has named a strong matchday squad to face the Blues in their Super Rugby opener at Eden Park on Saturday.