England are refusing to rule Manu Tuilagi out of next month's autumn internationals despite Leicester insisting his groin injury will prevent him playing any role.
Gloucester have announced a contract extension for England international flanker Matt Kvesic.
Michael Cheika has been appointed as the new Australia head coach.
England are expected to include Bath wing Semesa Rokoduguni in their elite player squad for next month's autumn internationals.
England's prospects for a successful autumn have diminished after Manu Tuilagi was ruled out of the entire QBE Series at Twickenham with a groin injury.
Wales boss Warren Gatland has told autumn Test selection casualties Adam Jones and James Hook that "the door is not closed" on their international futures.
Ulster centre Jared Payne leads a cast of five uncapped recruits to Ireland's 37-man autumn Test series squad.
Former Wales fly-half Gareth Davies appointed chairman of the Welsh Rugby Union.
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