The disappointment of last year's Top 14 final drives Bismarck du Plessis to make right what he sees as a big regret in his career.
The former Springboks flyhalf fractured his right ankle and will be out for a minimum of 12 weeks just months after his controversial return to French rugby at Montpellier.
France international Mathieu Bastareaud has been banned for five weeks after striking an opponent while he lay on the ground.
With plenty of new arrivals and lots of young talent looking to shine in the Top 14 this season, James Harrington casts his eye on the top 10 players to watch this campaign...
Chris Ashton has revealed that he only found out about his call-up to Eddie Jones' latest England training squad after being added to the team's WhatsApp group.
Former British & Irish Lions and Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has been appointed forwards coach at Top 14 outfit Stade Francais.