The mercurial Finn Russell has been punished for a breach of team protocol just nine days before Scotland's first Six Nations game.
New Scotland captain Stuart Hogg proved if you don't ask, you don't get when he put himself forward to lead his country.
England captain Owen Farrell had the chance to confirm he would stay with crisis-hit Saracens, but instead he said talks were "ongoing".
France captain Charles Ollivon does not believe Saracens' impending relegation from the Premiership will have any impact on England.
Johnny Sexton expects to lead Ireland against Scotland in Dublin and Jordan Larmour is expected to be in contention.
Wayne Pivac is hoping Liam Williams will make his comeback from an ankle injury in the second round of the Six Nations against Ireland.
England are not about to hide from the Saracens saga, according to Eddie Jones.
Andy Farrell has opted to add more depth at centre to Ireland's Six Nations squad in the form of Stuart McCloskey.
Exeter Chiefs have announced Jack Nowell was overlooked by England for the Six Nations because he requires an ankle operation.
Ahead of the start of their Six Nations campaign, England have named a 34-man squad which does not include Jack Nowell.