PRO12 league bosses are determined to realign rugby's global season before progressing plans to create a franchise in the USA.
The 2016/17 Guinness PRO12 final will take place at the Aviva Stadium as the league finale moves to another iconic arena.
Connacht coach Pat Lam says his sole focus is on club rugby despite being linked with the Ireland job.
Stuart McInally and Grant Gilchrist will share the Edinburgh captaincy this season.
Bristol have signed Wales prop Ryan Bevington from Ospreys on a two-year contract.
Scotland head coach-in-waiting Gregor Townsend admits he is 'incredibly proud' to be taking over the national team.
Andrew Trimble and Rob Herring will be joint Ulster captains for the 2016-17 campaign, taking over from Ireland skipper Rory Best.
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has confirmed defence coach Kurt McQuilkin is to return home to New Zealand for personal reasons.
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