Sale Sharks hooker Tommy Taylor puts pen to paper on a new one-year contract with the Premiership club.
England forwards Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes are among seven players to sign new deals at Northampton Saints.
Wales flanker Dan Lydiate says he joined Ospreys 'to play at the highest level' as he prepares to make his debut on Saturday.
Scarlets are in talks with Wales trio Jake Ball, Rhys Priestland and Liam Williams over new contracts, says coach Wayne Pivac.
Wales face Ireland twice and will also take on Italy ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup hosted by England.
England duo Dan Cole and Tom Youngs join fellow international forward Marcos Ayerza in agreeing new contracts with Leicester.
Ex-Wales fly-half Phil Bennett says he has mixed feelings on Scarlets' move for Welsh-qualified Australian flanker Jack Payne.
A Welsh rugby region says it was taken to court in error after a winding up order against it was thrown out.
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen becomes the first All Blacks boss to be handed a contract extension beyond a World Cup.
Former Ulster back-row star Stephen Ferris says the Irish province needs to attract more big name signings to compete with Europe's best.
Leinster and Ireland flanker Rhys Ruddock is ruled out for four to six weeks after suffering a broken arm against Harlequins.
A Welsh rugby region avoids a winding up order in the High Court.
Wales and Lions star Alun Wyn Jones accepts he may never win a European trophy with Ospreys but is proud of his side's progress.
Exeter and England flanker Tom Johnson is set to return next week having missed all of the season with a neck injury.