Henry Slade scored two of four England tries as they consigned Ireland to a first home defeat since November 2016.
After four weeks out, England fly-half Danny Cipriani is back for Gloucester as they take on Munster on Friday.
David Sisi is the only uncapped player to be included in a 31-man Italy training squad that will gather in Rome ahead of the Six Nations.
France have called upon five new players for the Six Nations, including Under-20 World Championship winner Romain Ntamack.
Racing 92’s win over Toulon will not have made pleasant viewing for France coach Jacques Brunel as Teddy Thomas was injured.
Munster moved top of Pro14’s Conference A after capitalising on Glasgow Warriors’ defeat to in-form Benetton Treviso.
Faf de Klerk said it was “humbling” to be offered a new long-term contract by Sale Sharks with a year still to run on his previous deal.
Toulouse ended 2018 on a high note, dishing out a crushing defeat to Toulon in one of three Top 14 games on Sunday.
We look at the best Opta facts relating to Steve Hansen’s hugely impressive stint in charge of New Zealand.
Steve Hansen will be a hard act to follow, but Ian Foster could step up and Joe Schmidt will be well fancied to take over the All Blacks.
Rassie Erasmus will work with the Bulls in pre-season as South Africa look to help their Super Rugby franchises in a Rugby World Cup year.
Rassie Erasmus has inspired a South Africa turnaround but insists he will not remain as head coach beyond the 2019 World Cup in Japan.