World Rugby, FIFA and the International Hockey Federation have developed a one turf concept.
Munster and the Ospreys will both be targeting bonus-point wins when they travel to Italy on Saturday.
England duo Owen Farrell and George Ford go head-to-head as Saracens host Bath, while Wasps face Worcester.
Ireland internationals Rob Kearney and Jamie Heaslip will be absent for Leinster for "a number of weeks".
Fresh from being named Six Nations Player of the Championship, Stuart Hogg starts for Glasgow in their clash with Connacht.
England's attempt to arrange a fixture against New Zealand was not motivated by commercial opportunism, according to the RFU.
Winger Blaine Scully will captain the Blues as they head to Dublin on Saturday to take on Leinster, live on Sky Sports.
Chris Robshaw makes his injury comeback for Quins while a host of England's Six Nations-winning side return to club duty.
David Horowitz scored a try in the final minute to give the Waratahs a thrilling 32-25 win over the Rebels in Melbourne.
Yoann Maestri faces a misconduct complaint following the chaotic conclusion of France's Six Nations win over Wales.
Saracens hooker Jamie George has revealed he is aiming to overtake skipper Dylan Hartley as England's first choice hooker.
The Crusaders moved to the top of the Super Rugby ladder with a 45-17 bonus-point win over Western Force.
The Rugby Football Union has been shortlisted for four awards at the prestigious Women's Sports Trust ceremony in May.
Two French referees and a South African will take charge of the British and Irish Lions' Tests against world champions New Zealand.
Sale Sharks centre Mark Jennings has signed a new two-year contract with the Aviva Premiership club.
New Connacht coach Kieran Keane has confirmed Nigel Carolan and Jimmy Duffy will be part of his backroom staff next season.
Scott Barrett switches to flanker for the Crusaders on Friday in an experiment ahead of the Lions tour of New Zealand.
Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg has won the Six Nations player of the championship award for the second year running.
English-qualified scrum-half Michael Dowsett has signed a permanent deal with Worcester Warriors.
Newcastle Falcons have signed Lyon prop Sami Mavinga and Jersey Reds flanker Gary Graham for next season.