James Haskell returns to action for his club Wasps this weekend in a boost to England's RBS 6 Nations preparations but back-row partner Chris Robshaw's availability for the Championship remains up in the air.
Andy Farrell believes the introduction of bonus points to the RBS 6 Nations will suit Ireland's attacking style of play while boosting The British & Irish Lions chances of success against the All Blacks in June.
The trial introduction of bonus points to the RBS 6 Nations, the Women's Six Nations and the Under 20s Six Nations will enhance the Championships and encourage positive rugby according to Six Nations Chief Executive Officer John Feehan.
Seven uncapped players in Rob Howley's RBS 6 Nations squad marks a major shift in Wales' makeup and with Alun Wyn Jones taking on the captaincy, Sam Warburton likely to contend for a spot on the blindside and new contenders for backline spots, we assess the principal shifts.
Jake Ball is determined to force his way back into the Wales team ahead of the 2017 RBS 6 Nations after making just one appearance during the autumn international series, according to Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac.