England have unveiled their new kit for the upcoming home World Cup at a glitzy presentation at Twickenham.
Wasps were unaware George Smith could be involved in the World Cup when signing the Australian great, but would make no attempt to persuade him to reject a call-up.
The Highlanders defied the odds as they held off a second-half fightback to clinch their first-ever Super Rugby title with a 21-14 victory over the Hurricanes at the Westpac Stadium.
Worcester will make a high-profile return to the Aviva Premiership in October by featuring on a busy opening night against Sixways visitors Northampton.
Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw believes he is still the man to lead his nation into the World Cup.
The bidding battle to host Rugby World Cup 2023 is set to be between four countries - Ireland, France, Italy and South Africa.
Alex Corbisiero believes that England's rugby players can use spectacular British success at the London 2012 Olympics as an inspirational template for their World Cup campaign.
Nigel Owens says there will be "nobody happier than me" if Wales contest the 2015 World Cup final - and therefore dash his own hopes of refereeing rugby union's biggest fixture.