RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie has told Steffon Armitage the door will always be open for him to play again for England.
Wins for Toulon and Clermont at the weekend has kept the race for top spot alive in France's Top 14.
Clermont full-back Jean-Marcellin Buttin has agreed to sign for Top 14 rivals Bordeaux-Begles.
Toulon owner Mourad Boujellal has revealed former Italy fly-half Diego Dominguez will be the club's next coach.
Stade Francais took over the leadership of the French Top 14 on Friday with a five-try 43-30 victory at Grenoble.
Clermont coach Frank Azema has made wholesale changes to his pack for his side's Top 14 encounter against Castres.
Grenoble will be looking to keep their unbeaten home record intact when they host Stade Francais in the Top 14 on Friday.
Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton will not be rushed back from the head injury he sustained against Australia last month.
Martin Castrogiovanni has been fined and given a suspended four-match ban for his criticism of Leicester.
Forwards Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes have signed new deals with reigning Premiership champions Northampton.
Richard Cockerill says he was “disgusted” by Martin Castrogiovanni’s expletive-ridden rant about him and Leicester.
Wales flanker Dan Lydiate has become the second player to sign a National Dual Contract and will join Ospreys immediately.
After helping Wales beat South Africa, Jonathan Davies sets his sights on helping Clermont beat Munster.
Newcastle host Stade Francais, Brive take on Oyonnax and Rovigo visit Grenoble
Brive earn a losing bonus as 20-17 victors Stade Francais maintain their Top 14 unbeaten record at home.
Reigning Top 14 champions Toulon claimed a 27-19 victory against Clermont Auvergne in a clash of the titans on Saturday.
A depleted Toulon team came a cropper at Castres, allowing Clermont Auvergne to take over as new leaders in the Top 14.
Brive claimed their first away win in the Top 14 since February 2012 with a 25-10 triumph at slumping Montpellier.
The final of the Top 14 will be held at Barcelona’s Nou Camp at the end of the 2015-16 season.
Toulon ran in nine tries as they eased to a 61-28 victory over Grenoble at the Stade Mayol to move to the Top 14 summit.
Paul O'Connell talks to SSN HQ about Ireland’s tremendous 2014 and the 2015 World Cup.