Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray has agreed a new two-year contract that ties him to Munster until June 2016.
The Rugby Football Union is confident European competition can be salvaged for next season.
A new domestic rugby championship will be introduced in Australia next year.
A truly gorgeous sunset managed to completely overshadow a top rugby match at the weekend.
Any culture of pressurising players into toughing out potential concussions must be stamped out of rugby, says an IRFU medic.
Wing Martyn Thomas scored tries in both halves as Gloucester beat Edinburgh 23-12 in their Heineken Cup clash at Murrayfield.
Ospreys crashed to a third straight Heineken Cup defeat despite a fiercely-competitive performance against Castres.
Simon Amor's England settled for a consolation prize with a victory in the bowl final at the IRB Rugby Sevens World Series in Port Elizabeth.
Round-up: Connacht produced one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Heineken Cup with a 16-14 win in Toulouse.
London Irish came out on top 24-13 against Stade Francais in the battle of the Pool Five heavyweights at the Madejski Stadium.
Munster moved to the top of Heineken Cup Pool 6 as they swept past a weakened Perpignan team 36-8 at Thomond Park.
Wasps gave another demonstration of their Amlin Challenge Cup title credentials, winning 47-7 away to Grenoble.
Brian O'Driscoll orchestrated a masterful victory for Leinster at Franklin's Gardens as they beat Northampton 40-7.
Nick Evans scored 17 points as Harlequins produced one of their finest performances in Europe to win 32-8.
Ulster beat Treviso 48-0 to tighten their grip at the top of Pool Five
Rich Lane scored a hat-trick of tries as Bath thrashed Rugby Mogliano 55-8 in a bonus point victory.