France captain Fabien Pelous continued his comeback from injury as Toulouse overcame Perpignan in the Top 14 competition.
Second-row Pelous has been out of action since having an operation on June 3 to repair a medial ligament tear picked up in his side's European Cup victory over Stade Francais in May.
Having completed an hour of a 'B' team game against Auch, Pelous came through 40 minutes of the 30-22 home victory against Perpignan without any reaction.
The news will come as a boost to national team coach Bernard Laporte, who will hope to have his influential skipper available for the Autumn Test programme that features games against Australia, Canada, Tonga and South Africa.
As head coach Stuart Lancaster polishes the axe he will soon wield over his World Cup training squad, Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has backed Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie to be given a stay of execution.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.