Scotland coach Vern Cotter is looking forward to locking horns with his Ireland counterpart Joe Schmidt during the forthcoming Six Nations Championship.
Sergio Parisse says Ireland are currently the strongest international team in the northern hemisphere.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is confident flanker Sean O'Brien is ready to put his 14-month injury nightmare behind him after observing him in training.
France coach Philippe Saint-Andre reckons his team are one of four sides capable of lifting the Six Nations trophy this year.
Warren Gatland has warned his Wales players not to be lured into complacency by England's injury crisis ahead of their Six Nations opener in Cardiff on Friday week.
England's injury problems are mounting ahead of their Six Nations opener against Wales after Brad Barritt, Geoff Parling, Tom Wood and Kyle Eastmond were all rated highly doubtful for the game.
Chris Robshaw believes England cannot afford to lose their opening game against Wales if they are to be crowned Six Nations champions this year.
Mark Cueto has announced he will retire from rugby at the end of the season.
Ryan Wilson is awaiting news on his Glasgow and Scotland future after being convicted of two counts of assault.
Northampton have signed forward Tom Ryder from Glasgow on a short-term deal.
The winners of the Six Nations Championship will lift a new trophy this year, only the second one since 1883 to be created for the competition.
Gloucester have signed three front-row forwards for next season, among them former Kingsholm favourite Paul Doran-Jones.