Castleford 26 Wakefield 32
Ulster 22 Edinburgh 19: Kicking king earns Ulster chance of first Heineken Cup triumph since 1999
Wales 16 France 9
England 30 Ireland 9: RFU forced into rethink with even rival Mallett appearing to back caretaker's promotion
France 30 Italy 12: Flying start for Saint-André as a full house in Paris is treated to four tries against Italy
From the Front Row
France 30 Italy 12
The St Helens coach, Royce Simmons, will come across a familiar face he did not expect to see in rugby league again when they kick off their season today.
Glasgow Warriors ground out a 20-15 win over Montpellier yesterday, meaning the Scottish side have now won six of the last seven Heineken Cup games at home. Rory Lamont also made his first appearance since re-signing for Glasgow; the Scot left the Warriors in 2007 but has returned following an unsuccessful spell with Toulon to boost his chances of international selection.
Hull 24 St Helens 24
St Helens have suspended Bath-bound half-back Kyle Eastmond pending an investigation into alleged serious misconduct.
Hull KR have temporarily de-registered their Australian scrum-half, Michael Dobson, so that Willie Mason can make his debut on Sunday. Mason has not yet procured his Tongan passport, so can only play on Rovers' overseas quota – which was full.
Ireland 20 Australia 20
St Helens 14 Wigan Warriors 10
Hull KR 16 Wigan 30
Bath 15 Wasps 17