Rob Burrow demonstrated at the weekend that a role has to be found for him in the latter stages of the tournament, as England look to progress beyond the quarter-finals.
Wales have called up four players to train with the national squad following their 24-15 defeat to South Africa. The Scarlets props Samson Lee and Rhodri Jones, plus Newport-Gwent Dragons backs Hallam Amos and Tom Prydie will provide cover after the 2013 Six Nations champions lost a quartet of players to injury by half-time.
The former Wigan Warriors full-back, who has announced he has joined NRL side New Zealand Warriors, believes this is the most talented England squad he has been a part of
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Undeterred by five successive Test defeats, Sam Warburton believes Wales have "every chance" of beating New Zealand, the world champions, at the Millennium Stadium next Saturday.
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Warburton, Wales' World Cup leader in New Zealand last autumn and a Grand Slam-winning Six Nations skipper, is on the bench
Wales were still suffering yesterday from the damage caused in their opening autumn series encounter against Argentina in Cardiff. Three days on from the blow of the 26-12 defeat inflicted by Santiago Phelan's Pumas, the 2012 Six Nations Grand Slammers were hit by the withdrawal of lock Alun Wyn Jones and flanker Josh Turnbull from their three remaining fixtures at the Millennium Stadium: against Samoa on Friday, the All Blacks on 24 November and Australia on 1 December.
Three games into his international career, Tim Visser is the joint-third top try scorer in the current Scotland squad. The country's quest for a victory against New Zealand continues but in the midst of the 51-22 loss to the world champions on Sunday there were tangible signs that the long-time search for a potent finisher is finally meeting with success.