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Wales vs New Zealand preview: Dan Biggar wants Wales to crash party for centurion Richie McCaw

The great McCaw makes his 100th appearance as All Blacks' skipper

Geoff Cross will win his 35th Scotland cap against Tonga as Euan Murray’s replacement

Scotland vs Tonga preview: Geoff Cross ready for Tonga storm after Vern Cotter pulls no punches

The London Irish forward will be given his chance to impress the new Scotland coach

Paul O’Connell says Ireland were beaten physically in last year’s defeat to Australia

Ireland vs Australia preview: Autumn clean sweep requires physical edge, says Paul O'Connell

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England vs Samoa: Ben Youngs determined to take back his starting shirt as scrum-half strips away modern day demands in battle with Danny Care

Youngs will start against Samoa after two below-par performances from Care in the defeats to New Zealand and South Africa

Steffon Armitage remains determined to play for England again

Steffon Armitage remains determined to play for England and dismisses any chance of playing for France

Armitage was included in a preliminary France squad but the former Saracens and London Irish flanker is determined to play for his country again

Samoa captain David Lemi feels the clash with England will be a useful barometer of his side’s World Cup prospects

England vs Samoa: Off-field issues have only made us tighter, says Samoa skipper David Lemi

A few days ago, the islanders were planning to boycott the game in protest at alleged mismanagement

James Haskell has 51 caps and is a known quantity – England could have experimented

Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster needs a win but some of his choices seem a step back

For the game against Samoa some familiar faces return and I think that's strange

The All Blacks captain Richie McCaw (left) is set to become the first ever player to lead his country 100 times

Wales vs New Zealand: Richie McCaw reaches his century as All Blacks' greatest captain

There is no more fitting setting for McCaw’s milestone than the venue where he led New Zealand for the first time

England vs Samoa: Stuart Lancaster declares Owen Farrell is not 'undroppable' after naming fly-half at centre

Lancaster says he has dropped Farrell in the past and says his father Andy has no influence on that matter

Richie McCaw will captain New Zealand for the 100th time

Wales vs New Zealand: Richie McCaw to captain All Blacks for 100th time as Steve Hansen makes 12 changes for Cardiff clash

McCaw skippered his country for the first time against Wales and has won a staggering 87 of the 99 Test in which he has captained New Zealand

‘You have to be physical with the All Blacks,’ says Rhys Webb

Wales vs New Zealand: All Black memories lose aura of invincibility now Rhys Webb faces up to reality

Scrum-half says it's a 'dream come true' to get the nod over Mike Phillips

George Ford (right) will start his first game for England at Twickenham on Saturday against Samoa, with Owen Farrell (left) moving from No 10 to inside centre

England vs Samoa: Stuart Lancaster backs George Ford to ‘be the boss’ at No 10

Bath man beats childhood friend Owen Farrell to outside-half spot, but has not shaken him off completely

Wales hope the return of centre Jonathan Davies can help bring about their first win over the All Blacks since 1953

Wales vs New Zealand: Jonathan Davies thrown straight back in for All Blacks by Warren Gatland

The outside centre has not played for four weeks since picking up a shoulder injury

Owen Farrell may find himself playing at inside centre after an unimpressive display at fly-half against the Springboks last Saturday

England vs Samoa: Chris Robshaw stands by Owen Farrell as back line goes on the offensive

The red rose must put on powerful display against Pacific Islanders to silence the doubters

Luther Burrell has been drafted into England’s squad and could start

Lancaster still dismisses suggestions of crisis but changes are on the way

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