Coach Andy Farrell has urged rugby league convert Sam Burgess to force his way into England's starting line-up.
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Exeter forward Tomas Francis is on course to complete a staggering leap from university prop to World Cup tighthead.
Scrum-half Rudy Paige is the solitary uncapped player named in South Africa's 31-man World Cup squad.
Dave Kearney admits he could hardly have landed a tougher final World Cup audition as Ireland prepare to face Wales.
Dan Lydiate believes that Saturday's appointment with Ireland is "brilliant preparation" for the World Cup.
Scotland's Sean Lamont is refusing to contemplate reaching his century of caps at the World Cup - in case he doesn't make it.
Jamie Joseph says Christian Leali'ifano is keen to show the Wallabies what they will miss at the World Cup.
Stuart Lancaster denies England have gambled by selecting Sam Burgess and Henry Slade in their World Cup squad.
Flanker David Pocock and utility back Kurtley Beale have signed new contracts with Australia.
Wales boss Warren Gatland says there are "probably 25 or 26 players" nailed on for his World Cup squad.