The chief of Premiership Rugby Mark McCafferty is unhappy with the schedule for next summer's British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.
PRO12 league bosses are determined to realign rugby's global season before progressing plans to create a franchise in the USA.
The 2016/17 Guinness PRO12 final will take place at the Aviva Stadium as the league finale moves to another iconic arena.
Connacht coach Pat Lam says his sole focus is on club rugby despite being linked with the Ireland job.
Stuart McInally and Grant Gilchrist will share the Edinburgh captaincy this season.
Bristol have signed Wales prop Ryan Bevington from Ospreys on a two-year contract.
Scotland head coach-in-waiting Gregor Townsend admits he is 'incredibly proud' to be taking over the national team.
Andrew Trimble and Rob Herring will be joint Ulster captains for the 2016-17 campaign, taking over from Ireland skipper Rory Best.
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has confirmed defence coach Kurt McQuilkin is to return home to New Zealand for personal reasons.
Munster have been dealt a blow ahead of the new season with the news centre Francis Saili will be out for a further three to four months with a shoulder injury.
Connacht centre Dave McSharry has been forced to retire from professional rugby due to a concussion injury.
Isa Nacewa has been confirmed as Leinster's club captain for the 2016/17 campaign as he gets set for his seventh season with the province.
Jonny Gray and Henry Pyrgos have been named co-captains of Glasgow Warriors.
Tyrone Holmes has joined Newcastle Falcons from Glasgow Warriors.
Sam Underhill is likely to miss the first half of the season as he prepares to face surgery for a shoulder injury.
Munster have confirmed the signing of second row Jean Kleyn from Stormers.
Centre Owen Watkin will miss the majority of Ospreys' upcoming season after suffering a serious knee injury in training.
Edinburgh Rugby have signed Tonga back-row Viliami Fihaki on a two-year deal.
Scotland international Hugh Blake has signed for the Bay of Plenty Steamers ahead of the upcoming Mitre 10 Cup.
Reigning champions Connacht will launch the defence of their Guinness PRO12 title against Glasgow Warriors.