Defeat for England would spell disaster as they round off 2014 by hosting Michael Cheika's Wallabies at Twickenham on Saturday.
The Wallabies have confirmed their eight-man bench for Saturday’s Cook Cup and Spring Tour clash against England at Twickenham.
There's been an awful lot of huffing and puffing in the press this week - both in Wales and South Africa - but not much of it is justified.
Wallabies lock Rob Simmons will play his milestone 50th Test for Australia in Saturday's clash against England at Twickenham.
South Africa have made five changes to their starting lineup for Saturday's clash with Wales at the Millennium Stadium.
Wallabies prop James Slipper said his side want to end England's dreams of World Cup glory on home spoil next year as payback for the Red Rose brigade's success 'Down Under' in 2003.
World Rugby Player of the Year Brodie Retallick has set himself a challenge to improve his game next year in both Chiefs and New Zealand colours.
Australia's 26-23 loss to Ireland has seen them slip to fifth spot - equalling their lowest ever position since the Rankings were introduced in 2003.
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer and captain Jean de Villiers both lauded their team's performance in their 22-6 win over Italy in Padova on Saturday.
All Blacks second row Brodie Retallick has been named the World Rugby Player of the Year 2014 by an independent panel, the fourth New Zealander to win the prestigious award.
Ireland claimed their second Southern Hemisphere scalp of the month with a 26-23 victory over Australia in a thrilling clash in Dublin on Saturday.
Argentina showed their experience to hold on for an 18-13 win over France in a low-quality affair at the Stade de France.
Three tries in the final ten minutes saw New Zealand - in Richie McCaw's 100th game as captain - beat Wales 34-16 at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
South Africa were made to work very hard to beat Italy 22-6 in an error-strewn clash at Stadio Euganeo in Padova on Saturday.
Although he will lead the All Blacks for the 100th time in a Test, Richie McCaw is not fussing over the significance of his achievement.
Claiming the scalp of Australia on Saturday to go with South Africa's would surely see Ireland's Rugby World Cup odds come falling down.
It's now been seven years since Argentina shocked the rugby world by turning over France twice at their home World Cup.
Aware that the local Welsh press seem to suggest the New Zealand are there for the taking, Steve Hansen remains unmoved.
Fans in South Africa who are assuming Saturday's clash with Italy will be an armchair ride for the Springboks had better think again.
The All Blacks' end-of-year tour hits Cardiff where they will face an under-fire Wales team in front of of a capacity Millennium Stadium crowd on Saturday.
The contenders for the International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA) Try of the Year 2014 have been revealed by World Rugby, with the winner to be announced by the end of the year.
Australia head coach Michael Cheika has confirmed his replacements for Saturday's game against Ireland, with Kurtley Beale named in jersey 23.
Ireland have recalled hooker Rory Best for his 78th cap when they take on Australia this Saturday in Dublin.
After an inconsistent performance against Scotland, New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen says Dan Carter needs more game time after a long layoff.
Wallabies winger Henry Speight will make his Test debut for Australia in Saturday's November Test against Ireland in Dublin.
The Wallabies 26-29 loss to France in Paris will result in Australia moving to fourth position overall in the IRB rankings.
Golden Lions prop Ruan Dreyer has been called up to the South Africa squad as injury cover for tighthead Jannie du Plessis.
On his return to Test rugby, All Blacks playmaker Dan Carter was pleased to emerge unscathed from a bruising Murrayfield battle, but admitted he had much to work on after a hot-and-cold performance against the Scots.
South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer was pleased with how his team handled the conditions in Saturday's win at Twickenham.
Stuart Lancaster's reign is now under unprecedented scrutiny following consecutive losses to New Zealand and South Africa.
Teddy Thomas' wonder try helped France to a thrilling 29-26 win over Australia in a bruising encounter at the Stade de France.
Jeremy Thrush's late try finally killed off a valiant Scottish challenge as New Zealand scrapped to a 24-16 win at Murrayfield.
Emerging on top in a physical, flawed tussle, the Springboks rebounded from defeat in Dublin to win 31-28 at Twickenham.
Argentina outscored Italy two tries to none to win 20-18 in a hard-fought Latin arm wrestle in Genoa on Friday.
For both combatants at Twickenham the success or failure of their respective November campaigns now hinges entirely on Saturday's result.
France thrashing Australia in 2012 was the high point of the Philippe Saint-André reign, now the pressure is on for a repeat performance.
Having overhauled their line-up for their penultimate Test of the year, the All Blacks should face a strong contest against Scotland.
The Springboks, rocked by last weekend’s loss to Ireland in Dublin, cannot fall from second place even if Stuart Lancaster claims a first win over South Africa as England coach and Australia make it four wins from four against France in 2014.
World champions New Zealand will celebrate five years at the top of the IRB World Rankings on Sunday regardless of what happens when they face Scotland at Murrayfield the day before.
It almost did not go ahead, but a day earlier than originally planned due to inclement weather, Italy will take on Argentina in Genoa on Friday.
Playmaker Kurtley Beale will fly out to join the Wallaby squad in Europe this weekend the ARU have confirmed.
Bath winger Anthony Watson will make his first start for England in place of the injured Semesa Rokoduguni against South Africa.
The All Blacks team to play Scotland this weekend in their third November Test is out, with a debut for Blues hooker James Parsons capping off a whirlwind call-up by being named in the starting XV.
Wallabies prop Sekope Kepu will play his milestone 50th Test for Australia in Saturday's clash against France in Paris.
France head coach Philippe Saint-André has resisted tinkering with his starting XV for the match with Australia in Paris on Saturday.
Argentina head coach Daniel Hourcade has made eight changes to his starting XV for this weekend's clash with Italy.
Italy have made just one change to their starting lineup for Saturday's Test against Argentina following last week's victory against Samoa.
Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw insists New Zealand are "not superhuman" and his men will push hard for a shock victory at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Adam Ashley-Cooper insists his immediate focus is on the Wallabies despite reports linking him to a move to France after the World Cup.