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The 2020 Six Nations Championship starts on Saturday with four of the teams under new management following last year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.
England's Ollie Thorley says Eddie Jones has talked about his determination to avoid a dip in form after the heartache ahead of the Six Nations.
Scotland's Finn Russell will miss the Six Nations opener against Ireland after being sent home from their training base for a "breach of team protocol".
Eddie Jones hopes England will focus firmly on the Six Nations without any distractions from World Cup regret or the Saracens scandal.
Zebre hooker Luca Bigi has been selected to captain Italy in the Six Nations, taking over from the retiring Sergio Parisse.
Albert Keuris, the Cheetahs' kicking and skills coach, will assist the Italian national side as they prepare for the Six Nations.
Teenager Louis Rees-Zammit's eye-catching season with Premiership side Gloucester has earned him a call-up to holders Wales' Six Nations squad.
Injured hooker Anthony Etrillard was replaced in France's Six Nations squad by Peato Mauvaka, the French Rugby Federation has announced.
Ireland flyhalf Joey Carbery is set to miss the Six Nations tournament after suffering a wrist injury.
This weekend is the last round of Top 14 matches before France's new head coach Fabien Galthie names his squad on January 8 for the upcoming Six Nations.
Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray has been selected ahead of John Cooney for the Six Nations opener against Scotland.
Fabien Galthie, preparing for his first Six Nations match as France coach against England has sent 14 of his squad back to their clubs for the weekend.
France already have one eye on the next World Cup as they prepare to open their Six Nations campaign against England.
Eddie Jones insisted "the tide will turn" for Billy Vunipola after the Saracens star was ruled out of England's initial squad for the Six Nations Championship.
England star Billy Vunipola is set to miss the Six Nations after breaking an arm for the fourth time in two years.
Talismanic flyhalf Johnny Sexton will captain Ireland for the forthcoming Six Nations campaign as head coach Andy Farrell names his first squad.
Stuart Hogg has been appointed as the new Scotland captain for the Six Nations, the Scottish Rugby Union announced on Wednesday.
Italy legend Sergio Parisse was not named in the 35-man squad for the Six Nations tournament.
Rhys Webb is eligible to play for Wales in the 2020 Six Nations after it was announced earlier this week he will return to Ospreys from Toulon.
Live-wire Lyon scrumhalf Baptiste Couilloud has been ruled out of action for six weeks with a shoulder injury but still could make the Six Nations.
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