Former British and Irish Lions captain Gavin Hastings expects to see Jonny Wilkinson on this summer's tour to Australia.
Cardiff Blues lock Bradley Davies is to captain Wales on their two-Test tour of Japan.
Ulster have bolstered their front-row options with the signing of New Zealand-born prop Bronson Ross from Coventry.
Pat McCabe has been rewarded with a new two-year deal to remain with the Australian Rugby Union and the Brumbies.
Paul O'Connell has spoken in glowing terms of his successor as British