Aviva Premiership clubs will have an extra £500,000 to spend on player wages next season after agreeing a rise in the salary cap.
Newport Gwent Dragons chief executive Gareth Davies has admitted the Welsh regions could join the Aviva Premiership should they fail to reach agreement with the Welsh Rugby Union.
Sale Sharks rugby director Steve Diamond has confirmed that forwards Henry Thomas and James Gaskell will leave the Aviva Premiership club at the end of this season.
Gloucester have confirmed that England international fly-half Freddie Burns will leave the club at the end of this season.
For proud Gloucester, a summer spent planning for a tilt at the Aviva Premiership play-offs slipped into an autumn avoiding a relegation battle.
English club chiefs would be "highly unlikely" to ratify the Welsh Rugby Union loaning a host of top stars to Aviva Premiership clubs, according to Phil Winstanley, the Rugby Director at Premiership Rugby.