IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Johan Goosen moved to France to adapt his game and hopes it will help him earn a World Cup spot with the Springboks.
South African hooker Craig Burden was shown a yellow card for a shoulder charge in Toulon's first defeat of the season to Racing-Metro.
Zac Guildford is looking to put his past alcohol-fuelled misdemeanours behind him and launch a new chapter in his impressive career with Clermont.
Ben Mowen, after just three months in the post gave up his shot at captaining the Wallabies in the World Cup on the back of some Jake White advice.
French Top 14 side Castres have parachuted in Western Force's Chris Tuatara-Morrison on a three month deal as cover for the injured Sitiveni Sivivatu.
BREAKING NEWS: Tournament hosts England will have an additional advantage, as they bid to win the 2015 World Cup.
French and European champions Toulon went on a nine-try rampage at the weekend in a 60-19 mauling of promoted La Rochelle.
Toulouse clinched a four-try, bonus-point 35-6 win over Castres to make it two wins in two outings of the new French Top 14 season.
Irish international flyhalf Jonathan Sexton is closing in on a new four-year contract with French Top 14 side Racing Metro.
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