A host of New Zealand stars - including superstar winger Sitiveni Sivivatu - return to action for their provinces this weekend as the All Blacks begin their preparations for the Test against Scotland in a month's time.
Sivivatu and Test colleagues Sione Lauaki and Richard Kahui have been named in the Waikato side to confront a Taranaki team bolstered by the return of first-choice All Black hooker Andrew Hore.
With the Air New Zealand Cup reaching its cut-throat stage, Auckland are set to welcome back forwards John Afoa, Jerome Kaino and Keven Mealamu.
Scotland will face New Zealand on November 8 at Murrayfield seeking their first-ever victory over the All Blacks.
Meanwhile world champions South Africa may not have a team manager when they arrive in Edinburgh for the second Test of Scotland's autumn series.
Andy Marinos, who filled the position on a caretaker basis after no position could be found before the summer, has left the role to become the temporary MD of SA Rugby.
England Under-18 head coach John Fletcher insists his young side will be better for the experience after beating Italy in the bronze final to round out their 2015 Rugby Europe U18 Championship campaign in style.