Former Wales International Rhys Thomas has been named captain of Newport Gwent Dragons for the new season.
Bath coach Mike Ford has confirmed he wants to sign Wales and Lions No 8 Taulupe Faletau.
Former head coach Brian McLaughlin is to leave Ulster to set up his own rugby consultancy business.
Lions and Wales hooker Matthew Rees has signed once more for Cardiff Blues alongside lock James Down.
Glasgow Warriors will kick off the defence of their GUINNESS PRO12 title at home to the Scarlets, live on Sky Sports.
Nicky Smith has agreed a new four-year deal with Ospreys which will keep him at the club until 2019.
Winger Kristian Phillips has signed a one-year deal to return to the Ospreys after spending the last three seasons at Scarlets.
Prop Shaun Knight is leaving Gloucester and moving to the Guinness PRO12 with the Newport-Gwent Dragons.
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