Worcester have announced the signing of former England Saxons hooker Chris Brooker from Harlequins.
Mike Tindall is relishing the chance to test his experience against Gloucester's youth when he lines up for the Barbarians on Sunday.
Former Zebre head coach Christian Gajan has been handed a suspended six-month suspension from all rugby.
Lions forwards coach Graham Rowntree expects Sam Warburton to be galvanised by the presence of "proven warrior" Paul O'Connell in Australia.
Bradley Davies will lead Wales on their two-Test tour of Japan motivated by the experience of missing the Six Nations title triumph.