England are facing growing concerns over the fitness of Owen Farrell and Dylan Hartley ahead of their autumn campaign.
The Italian Rugby Federation has withdrawn its bid to host the 2023 World Cup.
Vern Cotter is to join Top 14 side Montpellier as head coach when his Scotland deal is up at the end of the season.
Top coaches say they could be ruled out of succeeding Eddie Jones as England boss by the RFU's criteria for the role.
England are open to Eddie Jones remaining beyond the 2019 World Cup and could look overseas again if he does step down.
Chris Ashton has refused to give up hopes of an England recall, despite his latest lengthy suspension.
World Cup-winner Richard Hill has been appointed as England's team manager, the Rugby Football Union has announced.
Interim Wales head coach Rob Howley has confirmed that Sam Warburton will continue to captain the side.
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Will Greenwood praises Eddie Jones for changing England's mindset and looks at what to expect from their tour to Australia.
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Rory Lawson does not think Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb is ready to take on England at Twickenham on Saturday.
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