Injuries Impact on England Squad
England coach Eddie Jones has announced his 33-man squad for their upcoming November Test Series against South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia.
The 33 players will fly to Portugal on Sunday, October 30 for a week of specific training before returning to England's base at Pennyhill Park to prepare for the opening game against South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday, November 12.
With 10 players unavailable through injury, Jones has named six uncapped players in the squad. Tighthead prop Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins) joins back-row forward Nathan Hughes (Wasps) and second-row Charlie Ewels (Bath) in the forwards. Wing Mike Haley (Sale Sharks), fly-half Alex Lozowski (Saracens) and centre Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors) are included in the backs.
After recovering from a lengthy injury, wing Jonny May (Gloucester) returns to the England set-up, as do back-row forwards Ben Morgan (Gloucester), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints) and second-row Dave Attwood (Bath).
Forwards: Dave Attwood, Dan Cole, Charlie Ewels, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Teimana Harrison, Dylan Hartley, Nathan Hughes, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Joe Marler, Ben Morgan, Chris Robshaw, Kyle Sinckler, Tommy Taylor, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Tom Wood
Backs: Mike Brown, Danny Care, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Alex Goode, Mike Haley, Jonathan Joseph, Alex Lozowski, Jonny May, Semesa Rokoduguni, Henry Slade, Ben Te’o, Marland Yarde, Ben Youngs
Injured players not considered for selection: Jack Clifford, Luke Cowan-Dickie, James Haskell, Maro Itoje, Sam Jones, George Kruis, Jack Nowell, Manu Tuilagi, Anthony Watson, Mike Williams
Wales Include Two Rising Stars in Squad
Wales head coach Rob Howley has named a 36-man squad for the forthcoming November Test series and included two uncapped players, Ospreys duo Sam Davies and Rory Thornton.
The squad includes a further seven players who didn't feature for Wales on their summer tour to New Zealand, including the return from injury of British and Irish Lions trio Alex Cuthbert, Leigh Halfpenny and Dan Lydiate.
Cardiff Blues prop duo Rhys Gill and Scott Andrews also return to the squad along with Ospreys loosehead Nicky Smith and number eight Dan Baker.
In the pack Gethin Jenkins, Tomas Francis and Samson Lee join the three props already named with Scott Baldwin, Kristian Dacey and Ken Owens completing the front-row contingent.
Thornton is joined by fellow regional second-rows Bradley Davies and Alun Wyn Jones along with Luke Charteris and Jake Ball.
Captain Sam Warburton, Ospreys pair James King and Justin Tipuric, Ross Moriarty and Taulupe Faletau complete the forwards. Faletau will miss the start of the series as the 25-year-old limped off in his first game for Bath back at the start of the season in September, having suffered a suspected medial knee ligament injury.
Gareth Davies, Rhys Webb and Lloyd Williams are named as the three scrum-halfs in the squad with Gareth Anscome and Dan Biggar joining uncapped the Davies.
The centres comprise of Jonathan Davies, Tyler Morgan, Jamie Roberts and Scott Williams. Hallam Amos, George North and Liam Williams link up with the returning Cuthbert and Halfpenny across the back three.
Forwards: Scott Andrews, Tomas Francis, Rhys Gill, Gethin Jenkins, Samson Lee, Nicky Smith, Scott Baldwin, Kristian Dacey, Ken Owens, Jake Ball, Luke Charteris, Bradley Davies, Alun Wyn Jones, Rory Thornton, Dan Baker, Taulupe Faletau, James King, Dan Lydiate, Ross Moriarty, Justin Tipuric, Sam Warburton (c)
Backs: Gareth Davies, Rhys Webb, Lloyd Williams, Gareth Anscombe, Dan Biggar, Sam Davies, Jonathan Davies, Tyler Morgan, Jamie Roberts, Scott Williams, Hallam Amos, Alex Cuthbert, Leigh Halfpenny, George North, Liam Williams
Ireland Squad for All Black test in Chicago
The Ireland coaching team have announced their squad of 34 players that will prepare for the fixture against New Zealand on November 5.
There are six uncapped players named among the 34-man squad with Joey Carbery, Billy Holland, Luke McGrath, Garry Ringrose, John Ryan and James Tracy all included.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said it hard picking a squad.
"Selections were difficult as always, trying to balance form, fitness, experience, combinations plus assess those players returning from injury or those carrying minor knocks or strains," Schmidt said.
"With more than half the squad likely to be involved in Pro12 action this weekend, plus the need to factor in the travel and fatigue from the Chicago fixture, there are also a number of players on standby who are likely to be involved during the first two weeks of the Series."
Forwards: Finlay Bealham, Tadgh Furlong, Cian Healy, Jack McGrath, John Ryan, Rory Best (c), Sean Cronin, James Tracy, Ultan Dillane, Iain Henderson, Billy Holland, Donnacha Ryan, Devin Toner, Jamie Heaslip, Jordi Murphy, Sean O'Brien, Peter O'Mahony, CJ Stander, Josh van der Flier
Backs: Kieran Marmion, Conor Murray, Luke McGrath, Joey Carbery, Jonathan Sexton, Paddy Jackson, Robbie Henshaw, Luke Marshall, Garry Ringrose, Rob Kearney, Jared Payne, Keith Earls, Craig Gilroy, Andrew Trimble, Simon Zebo
Cotter Plotting Wallaby Revenge
Scotland head Coach Vern Cotter named a 31-man Scotland squad for the forthcoming 2016 November Test matches against Australia, Argentina and Georgia next month.
The squad features four additions and five replacements to the group that secured back-to-back wins over Japan in Toyota and Tokyo in June.
Prop Zander Fagerson and Olympic silver medal winning centre Mark Bennett join the group, having represented Scotland U20 and Team GB during the summer.
Edinburgh lock Grant Gilchrist has long since recovered from injury to add options to the second-row, while the form of back-row Hamish Watson has merited inclusion, intensifying the competition among the loose forwards.
Harlequins wing Tim Visser and Glasgow Warriors trio Finn Russell, Alex Dunbar and Rob Harley, are like-for-like replacements for Sean Lamont, Ruaridh Jackson, Matt Scott and David Denton injured his hamstring, with Dunbar and Visser reversing their late replacement by Scott and Lamont ahead of the Japan tour.
The group is completed by the inclusion of uncapped 24-year-old Edinburgh prop Allan Dell after it was confirmed that club mates Willem Nel and Rory Sutherland have both been ruled out of the forthcoming Autumn Tests.
Nel exacerbated an ongoing neck complaint in his club’s Challenge Cup win over Harlequins on Saturday and will require a period of rest, while Sutherland suffered an untimely groin injury in the build-up to the same match, with Dell starting in his place.
Scotland will face the Wallabies for the first time since the 35-34 Rugby World Cup 2015 quarter-final defeat at Twickenham. Next up will be World Cup semi-finalists Argentina, before the Scots complete the sequence with an historic Test against Georgia on Saturday 26 November, at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, the first Test between the two nations on Scottish soil.
Not considered through injury: Adam Ashe (foot), Kevin Bryce (shoulder), David Denton (hamstring), Ryan Grant (back), Willem Nel (neck), Rory Sutherland (groin), Duncan Weir (jaw).
Forwards: Allan Dell, Alasdair Dickinson, Zander Fagerson, Moray Low, Gordon Reid, Ross Ford, Fraser Brown, Stuart McInally, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, Richie Gray, Tim Swinson, John Barclay, John Hardie, Rob Harley, Josh Strauss, Hamish Watson, Ryan Wilson
Backline: Greig Laidlaw(c), Henry Pyrgos, Pete Horne, Finn Russell, Mark Bennett, Alex Dunbar, Huw Jones, Duncan Taylor, Damien Hoyland, Sean Maitland, Tommy Seymour, Tim Visser, Stuart Hogg
Noves Wary of November Challenge
France head coach Guy Novès has announced a 32-man squad, which includes Charles Ollivon, in preparation for their November internationals.
Ollivon comes in after impressing for Toulon and joins the likes of Louis Picamoles, Loann Goujon and Damien Chouly as back-row options.
At fly-half François Trinh-Duc and Jules Plisson are included while Baptiste Serin, Sébastien Bézy and Maxime Machenaud will battle it out for the scrum-half jersey, with Jean-Marc Doussain able to cover both positions.
France take on Samoa, Australia and New Zealand in what are tough fixtures for Novès' men.
Uini Atonio (La Rochelle), Eddy Ben Arous (Racing 92), Sébastien Bézy (Toulouse), Djibril Camara (Stade Français), Camille Chat (Racing 92), Damien Chouly (Clermont), Jean-Marc Doussain (Toulouse), Gaël Fickou (Toulouse), Alexandre Flanquart (Stade Français), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Loann Goujon (Bordeaux-Bègles), Kévin Gourdon (La Rochelle), Guilhem Guirado (Toulon), Yoann Huget (Toulouse), Paul Jedrasiak (Clermont), Rémi Lamerat (Clermont), Wenceslas Lauret (Racing 92), Julien Le Devedec (Brive), Maxime Machenaud (Racing 92), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Maxime Médard (Toulouse), Maxime Mermoz (Toulon), Charles Ollivon (Toulon), Louis Picamoles (Northampton), Jules Plisson (Stade Français), Jefferson Poirot (Bordeaux-Bègles), Baptiste Serin (Bordeaux-Bègles), Rabah Slimani (Stade Français), Scott Spedding (Clermont), François Trinh-Duc (Toulon), Virimi Vakatawa (FFR), Sébastien Vahaamahina (Clermont)