Season finally sparks for clubs
The World Cup may be commanding most of the headlines but this weekend is one the club players across Europe have been looking forward to as their season kicks off in earnest.
It will be the first weekend of action for the English clubs and while the French have four rounds under their belts and the Pro12 sides have played three, they are all heading into four months of matches which will define their season.
Newcastle Falcons will be looking to win their opening match of the Premiership for the first time since 2007 when they host Gloucester at Kingston Park. David Humphreys' men have not been much better on opening day and they are looking to start their campaign with a win for the first time since 2009.
Brive have two wins and two losses from their outings so far in the Top 14 and warmed up for the resumption of the French championship by defeating Colomiers 45-7.
They host a Toulon side tomorrow afternoon which defeated an All Blacks Classic side 68-21 last weekend in a game in honour of the late Jerry Collins. Brive are eighth in the table with nine points from their four games and they will be looking for their third home win of the campaign.
Toulon are two places above them on ten points and are one of the few sides to win on the road this season.