Newcastle Falcons have begun pre-season training without Jonny Wilkinson, but the England fly-half is set to play a part in his club's upcoming campaign.
Wilkinson underwent neck surgery in February and appears to have made a full recovery.
He has been training with the Premiership club for some time and has been been given the all-clear from his medical team to take a full part in pre-season, including contact work.
Meanwhile, new signings Matt Burke and Semo Sititi are still away on international duty with Australia and Samoa respectively and those who have taken part in summer tours have either a week or a fortnight to recover before joining in training.
As head coach Stuart Lancaster polishes the axe he will soon wield over his World Cup training squad, Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has backed Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie to be given a stay of execution.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.