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.
Andy Farrell admits the process of selecting England's 50-man training squad ahead of the World Cup was rigorous - but the backs and defence coach also revealed how tough it was to leave some stars out.