Chris Robshaw has revealed the disappointment of missing out the Six Nations title last year is fuelling England's quest to lift the first piece of silverware of Stuart Lancaster's reign.
Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny is thrilled at the prospect of performing on french soil as his team prepare for a crucial Six Nations clash.
Scotland coach Vern Cotter has named Peter Horne at fly-half for Saturday's Six Nations clash against Italy at Murrayfield.
Ian Humphreys will make his 100th appearance for Ulster in Friday's Guinness PRO12 clash with the Scarlets at Kingspan Stadium.
Leinster forward Rhys Ruddock will make his return from injury in Friday's Guinness PRO12 meeting with the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium.
Flanker James Haskell has played down the importance of the choke tackle as England prepare for Sunday's Six Nations match with Ireland.
Ireland winger Simon Zebo has warned his side against Alex Goode, who will spearhead England's counter-attack threat in the absence of Mike Brown.
Courtney Lawes will make his return from injury in Northampton Saints' meeting with Harlequins at Franklin's Gardens on Friday.
Dylan Hartley insists his form for England during the current Six Nations tournament has justified Stuart Lancaster's decision to overlook his dismal disciplinary record.
Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny believes he has settled quickly in France because fans of his club side Toulon share a similar passion for the game as his compatriots.
Scotland fly-half Finn Russell has lost his appeal against the two-match ban imposed for a dangerous tackle against Wales earlier this month.
Glasgow lock Leone Nakarawa has been issued with a three-match ban for headbutting Ospreys prop Marc Thomas.