NEWS: France international back Wesley Fofana has signed a new deal with Clermont, staying until 2019.
France's Top 14, the world's richest rugby championship, suffered a record deficit of US$25.5-million last season as player salaries soared.
Simon Mannix has extended his contract as coach of Pau, ensured of promotion to the Top 14 next season, through until 2018.
INTERVIEW: All Black and Crusaders back Colin Slade said he "remains committed" to New Zealand, until he leaves for France later this year.
NEWS: All Black flyhalf Colin Slade has signed a three-year contract with Pau, who have just won promotion to the Top 14.
Pierre Mignoni will leave his job as backs coach at Toulon at the end of the season to take over the helm at Top 14 rivals Lyon.
Defending champions Toulon returned to the summit of the Top 14 on Saturday while Clermont were upset at home to Oyonnax.
NEWS: The French Rugby Federation launched the application process to find the successor to incumbent coach Philippe Saint-Andre.
La Rochelle extended their unbeaten run to six matches as they battled Top 14 title challengers Stade Francais to a 19-all draw on Friday.
La Rochelle can take a significant step towards Top 14 survival if they extend a five-match unbeaten run in the league by beating Stade Francais.
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