Former British & Irish Lions and Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has been appointed forwards coach at Top 14 outfit Stade Francais.
Following a sun-drenched Saturday of action we now know the make-up of the playoff picture in France and the PRO14 and Aviva Premiership semifinal lineups.
The PRO14 playoffs are now confirmed and with the Aviva Premiership and French Top 14 facing a dramatic finish next weekend, there is still much to play for with playoff places up for grabs and team eager to book a place in next season's Champions Cup.
It is all about the playoffs as the Aviva Premiership, PRO14 and Top 14 edged even closer to the finish flag. The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup may take centre stage this week but there is still plenty at stake after the latest round of games.
New Stade Francais head coach Heyneke Meyer has stated his intention to make the club into one of the best in the world as he was unveiled in Paris on Monday.
It is now or never for many teams across European rugby's domestic competitions as teams battle it out for relegation and playoff positions in the Aviva Premiership, PRO14 and the French Top 14.
Following a thrilling weekend of knockout European rugby we have a much clearer idea who will lift the Champions and Challenge Cups.
Gloucester survived a frantic finish to end Connacht's unbeaten run in the European Challenge Cup with a 33-28 quarterfinal win at the Sportsground.
ESPN's experts predict which teams are set for a big weekend, which players will shine and where your attention should be trained across all of the quarterfinals.
After a weekend of rugby that required all your fingers, toes and a calculator, the quarterfinal line-ups in both the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup have been finalised.
Winger Ollie Thorley ran in four tries as Gloucester coasted to a 69-12 European Challenge Cup Pool 3 victory over winless Zebre.
European club rugby is back for the second weekend in a row with another stacked fixture list. ESPN's experts predict which teams are set for a big weekend, which players will shine and where your attention should be trained across the two competitions.
Former Toulon centre Tom May casts his eye over rounds three and four of the Top 14 to pick out some of the overseas players who made their mark -- and you might be surprised to learn that a few have ended up in France.
Anthony Tuitavake was sent off as Racing 92 lost 23-19 at Agen in the Top 14.
Toulon finished off the opening round of the new Top 14 season by thumping Pau 41-14 as former England international Chris Ashton stole the show.
With Top 14 rugby kicking off on Saturday, we look at every club in France's elite division and try to predict where they will end up next June.
Saracens will begin their quest for a third successive European Champions Cup crown with a trip to Aviva Premiership rivals Northampton.
Northampton Saints have rallied from a 16-point deficit while down to 14-men for most of the second half to beat Stade Francais 23-22 and qualify for the Champions Cup next season.
Cardiff Blues captain Ellis Jenkins bemoaned his side's bad luck with injuries after a 46-21 defeat to Stade Francais.
Wales wing Alex Cuthbert will make his 100th appearance for Cardiff Blues -- who are still without Sam Warburton -- when they face Stade Francais in the Champions Cup play-off semifinal in Paris.
After it looked like Stade Francais may not even exist next season, this Challenge Cup win was a justification of their very survival, writes Tom Hamilton from Murrayfield.
Recently called up British & Irish Lions scrum-half Greig Laidlaw is in the reserves while Ross Moriarty starts as Gloucester make six changes for the Challenge Cup final against Stade Francais.
The Top 14 saga involving Stade Francais and Racing 92 is set for one final chapter this season with the final playoff place and automatic Champions Cup place to go before the NRL.
The final day of the Top 14 sees Clermont battling with Montpellier for a semifinal spot and a point separates Racing 92 (6th), Stade Francais (7th) and Pau (8th) for the last Champions Cup spot.
Brock James and La Rochelle survived a late scare to defeat Montpellier 40-37 as they secured top spot in the Top 14 and can now prepare for a home semifinal.
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- SFRAN9thTRIES SCORED 1st Clermont Auvergne : 69 Tries ScoredCLER1st3869
- SFRAN8thPOINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Clermont Auvergne : 265 Points DifferenceCLER1st4265