Leinster travel to Munster, Ulster host Connacht and Cardiff Blues take on Newport Gwent Dragons on Boxing Day.
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young claims Jimmy Gopperth could be on his way to the Ricoh Arena.
Ospreys have boosted their depleted forward ranks with the signing of Fiji international second row Tevita Cavubati.
Justin Tipuric has committed his future to Ospreys by signing a new three-year contract with the club.
In his final column of 2014, Stuart Barnes looks at why relegation and promotion are vital for growth and development.
Devin Toner has signed a new two-year deal with the IRFU that will see him remain at Leinster until the summer of 2017.
Cardiff Blues lock Teofilo Paulo and Scarlets forward Joe Snyman have been cited for foul play.
Newport Gwent Dragons must wait to see if Taulupe Faletau will be fit to face Cardiff Blues after he was injured against Zebre.
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