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Former Scotland Under-20 players Ben Vellacott and Gary Graham are expected to be included in England’s Six Nations squad on Thursday.
Maro Itoje is set for a big Six Nations campaign in the wake of his experience with the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand last year.
This week we mostly concern ourselves with the tests of England head coach Eddie Jones’ patience and Australia’s bold new steps at the top.
Wales have named a 39-man squad for the Six Nations, led by Alun Wyn Jones and featuring uncapped players, James Davies and Josh Adams.
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has included four uncapped players in a 40-man squad ahead of the Six Nations Championship.
Ireland captain Rory Best has revealed he is keen to sort out his future before the Six Nations, saying that he could continue until RWC 2019.
Ireland and Ulster wing Tommy Bowe has announced that he will call time on his professional rugby career at the end of the current season.