Nick Easter can be forgiven for fearing he had flushed his Test career "down the toilet" at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, not any performance-related pay.
Former Wallaby lock Nathan Sharpe believes that New Zealand are the best team going into this year's Rugby World Cup – but still, he doesn't think they'll defend the title they won on home soil in 2011.
Manu Tuilagi could miss England's RBS 6 Nations campaign after the Leicester centre revealed his recovery from a groin injury was progressing slowly - but admits he constantly has the World Cup at the back of his mind.
Scotland have confirmed they will face Ireland, Italy and France in a four-match warm-up schedule for Rugby World Cup 2015.
England number eight Ben Morgan looks set to miss the entire RBS 6 Nations after breaking his leg in Gloucester's Aviva Premiership victory over Saracens on Friday night.
Morgan suffered the injury in the second half at Kingsholm and while no timeframe for his return has been given by his club, he is unlikely to play any part in the Championship. The injury also casts a shadow over his possible participation in this autumn's Rugby World Cup in England.
Nick Easter has urged England to create a "destructive force" by pairing Steffon Armitage with captain Chris Robshaw for their assault on this year's World Cup.
Paul O'Connell hopes to guide Ireland to World Cup glory in 2015 in what potentially could be the end of his career.
Steve Hansen has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the helm of New Zealand until 2017.