England's injury-hit hooker Dylan Hartley may not feature in the Rugby World Cup after being left out of Eddie Jones' training squad.
New Zealand and the Highlanders have been boosted by Ben Smith's imminent return to Super Rugby action this week.
Tevita Kuridrani is staying with the Brumbies after re-signing with Rugby Australia until the end of 2020.
John Mitchell will continue to work under Eddie Jones until 2021 and is reportedly a contender to succeed the England head coach.
After initially ruling out leading the Lions again, Warren Gatland said he could not refuse the chance to gain revenge in South Africa.
Departing Wales head coach Warren Gatland will take charge of the British and Irish Lions for a third time.
Toulon-bound back Nehe Milner-Skudder will not give up in his bid to play in the World Cup despite requiring more surgery.
Israel Folau's claims that Rugby Australia has acted unprofessionally have drawn a strong retort by the ruling body.
Sacked by Rugby Australia last month for anti-homosexual comments, Israel Folau is now filing applications with the Fair Work Commission.
Danny Cipriani and Alex Goode have been outstanding this season and Martin Johnson feels they could yet board the plane to Japan.