Scotland depart for Australia's Gold Coast on Saturday to begin final preparations for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Wasps have strengthened their back-row options ahead of the new season with the signings of Matt Everard and James Harris.
Stade Francais forward Tom Palmer has been added to England's replacement bench, in place of Tom Wood, for Saturdays World Cup warm-up match against Ireland.
Nikki Walker faces further tests on the knee he injured on international duty last weekend before the Ospreys medical team will be able to confirm a full prognosis of the damage suffered.
The Scarlets have unveiled a new signing in their squad for the start of the season, with the arrival in Llanelli of experienced New Zealand scrumhalf Ruki Tipuna.
England's back row resources have been stretched ahead of the World Cup after Tom Wood was forced to pull out of the clash with Ireland.
New Zealand have stepped in to ensure fans of their first World Cup opponent, Tonga, are able to watch the tournament's opening match on free-to-air television in the Pacific island nation.
Brian O'Driscoll may have won everything on the European stage, but he is determined to set the record straight in the one tournament where he believes he and Ireland have yet to make their mark - the World Cup.
The New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) board confirmed the appointment process for the All Blacks head coaching position at the monthly meeting in Wellington this week.
Paul O'Connell accepts it is time for Ireland to deliver after highlighting the significance of Saturday's World Cup send off against England.
Chris Ashton is ready to pack a punch for England alongside his one-time assailant Manu Tuilagi.
All of the members of the Wallabies World Cup squad that played for the Australian Barbarians against Canada on Friday came throught the match unscathed as they recorded a dominant 38-14 victory.
Rob Horne named as final member of the Australian team to play New Zealand in the Tri-Nations Finale in Brisbane on Saturday.
The Wellington Lions ended their NPC campaign in the winner's circle, with a hard fought 29-28 victory over North Harbour at Albany on Friday.
Felipe Contepomi is 34 now, playing in his fourth and probably last World Cup, but he remains the driving force for Argentina as they attempt to emulate their success of four years ago when they reached the semifinals.