Matthieu Jalibert came to the rescue as France started the defence of its Six Nations title with a 29-24 bonus-point win over resurgent Italy in a thriller at Stadio Olimpico.
England wing Jonny May will leave Leicester Tigers and return to Gloucester at the end of the Premiership season.
Michael Fatialofa has walked unaided as he continues to recover from the serious injury he suffered in January, with his wife claiming it is a "miracle".
Curtis Rona scored a pair of tries as London Irish secured a 29-15 derby win at Harlequins, while Premiership high-flyer Sale Sharks was brought down to earth by beleaguered Saracens.
Premiership leader Exeter Chiefs returned to winning ways with a battling 26-15 triumph at Gloucester on Saturday (AEDT).
Saracens could face more punishment after Titi Lamositele played in a crucial European Champions Cup victory over Racing 92 last month a day after his work permit expired.
Arsenal moved eight points clear at the Premier League summit after a commanding 2-0 victory at rival Tottenham on Monday (AEDT).