The opening game of the European Cup saw Sale cruise to a comfortable 32-15 victory over France's Clermont (32-15), while Paris side Stade Français returned from Ravenhill with an impressive 26-10 win over Ulster.
Star fly-half Jonny Wilkinson, who dislocated his knew during a English championnship game, could miss the 2009 Six Nations tournament. It should take him five months to recover from the latest in a long line of injuries.
Flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson suffered a left knee dislocation on Tuesday that might keep him off the pitch for several weeks as England braces to face all three teams of the Tri-nations and the Pacific Islanders in November.
New Zealand's fly half Dan Carter, considered by many to be the world's best rugby player, was treated to a rapturous welcome in the southern French city of Perpignan, as he prepares to wear the local jersey for six months starting December.
French championship clubs who aim to compete with title holder and this year's favorites Toulouse have done their possible to attract talented players from the Southern hemisphere. A new era for French rugby?
New Zealand's All Blacks achieved a clear victory 39-10 over Australia's Wallabies on the fifth day of the Tri-Nations. They had suffered a severely defeat by the Australians last week. The All Blacks now lead the competition.
Australia's Wallabies notched up a clear victory 34-19 over the fearsome New Zealand's All-Blacks to take the lead in the Tri-Nations competition. It's the All-Black's second defeat in a row in this tournament.