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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has poured lukewarm water on the notion their Test against South Africa is a significant pointer to the teams' World Cup group stage blockbuster.
Gloucester fly-half Danny Cipriani has been left out of England's third World Cup training camp in Treviso, Italy.
Australia have the potential to cause yet another Rugby World Cup surprise later this year in Japan. That's the opinion of All Blacks great Richie McCaw, who says the Wallabies will be happy flying under the radar.
It's win or bust for Michael Cheika, who has reaffirmed he will walk away from the Wallabies top job if they don't win this year's Rugby World Cup.
James O'Connor's third dawn in Australian rugby has hit the horizon. Eleven years after he made his professional debut, the 29-year-old has the chance to change a career narrative that is otherwise one of Australian rugby's most frustrating tales.
The Wallabies have covered all bases in their side to face South Africa in Saturday's opening Rugby Championship at Ellis Park, including debutants, redemption stories and players rewarded for Super Rugby form.