Jamie Heaslip will captain Ireland against Samoa on Saturday - but Paul O'Connell will be new coach Joe Schmidt's full-time skipper.
France manager Philippe Saint-Andre took a gamble on Thursday when he picked the inexperienced flyhalf Remi Tales.
Argentina lock Manuel Carizza will join Western Province in South Africa after his country's tour of Europe.
Rob Baxter has braced his Exeter team to face "a very different animal" when they tackle Aviva Premiership rivals Sale Sharks on Friday night.
Round-up: Clermont extended their impressive home record in the Top 14 but were given a scare by Brive in the 36-29 victory.
Round-up: Former champions Sale Sharks made it two wins in a row with a comfortable victory over Worcester Warriors.
Sale started their search for a third Amlin Challenge Cup crown with a comfortable 33-10 win over 2012 champions Biarritz in Salford.
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