Chris Robshaw's return as England openside and figurehead against Samoa Saturday will be undertaken with a fresh perspective shaped by his fluctuating fortunes.
Former England fly-half Charlie Hodgson has crossed codes to join Wigan as a kicking consultant.
The end-of-year internationals return once again but who is set for a big Saturday night, which player will shine and who has a long weekend ahead?
With nine changes made to his starting XV, Eddie Jones is focused on developing England's strength in depth for the visit of Samoa - but their opponents should not be underestimated at Twickenham.
Eddie Jones insists only another disciplinary implosion can prevent Dylan Hartley resuming as England captain for the Six Nations.
Samoa captain Chris Vui has accepted the decision of England's stars not to donate a portion of their £23,000 match fee to the Pacific Islanders by insisting it is not their battle to fight.
The build-up to England's clash with Samoa at Twickenham has been dominated by details of the visiting union's financial status. But players should not be dragged into this conversation.
Harlequins flanker Jack Clifford has undergone a second operation on his right shoulder which will keep him out of action until the new year, compounding the club's desperate injury problems.
Jamie George is set for his first England start against Samoa Saturday after Eddie Jones made nine changes for his side's final November Test.
Dan Cole sympathises with the plight of Samoa's players but insists it would be unethical for England stars to give them a portion of their match fee ahead of Saturday's autumn international.
England's players have opted against giving a portion of their match fee to their Samoan counterparts ahead of Saturday's clash at Twickenham.
England Women scored eight tries to defeat Canada 49-12 in their second Test match at the Stoop as captain Sarah Hunter marked her century of caps.
Nathan Hughes has dropped out of the England squad for the autumn international with Samoa to undergo rehabilitation on a knee injury.
The Rugby Football Union will still pay Samoa £75,000 as a goodwill gesture despite World Rugby revealing that the Pacific Island's governing body is not bankrupt.
Mike Brown is available to face Samoa but Sam Underhill has been ruled out of the climax to England's autumn at Twickenham.
Scotland came within a whisker of a famous win over New Zealand, while England outlasted Australia and Wales stuttered against Georgia, but who caught the eye and who had a weekend to forget?
Hurricanes back-rower Brad Shields has confirmed the worst kept secret in New Zealand rugby, announcing his move to Wasps and, down the track, a potential Test call-up with England.
Dylan Hartley is improving as England's captain by the game and is now "surfing at the top of the crest" having seen the "bottom of the trough", according to Eddie Jones.
Eddie Jones believes England have found their Alexis Sanchez in Danny Care after the Harlequins scrum-half plotted Australia's downfall at Twickenham
Head coach Eddie Jones bristled at suggestions England were fortunate with the officials' decisions after Saturday's 30-6 victory over Australia at Twickenham
Catch up on what was said following another busy Saturday of Test match action.
England might have been flattered by the final scoreline but they answered their critics with a display full of heart, passion and physicality to beat Australia for a fifth successive time.
Eddie Jones has accused Australia of showing a lack of respect to referee Ben O'Keeffe by declining to meet the official in favour of influencing him through the media.
Dylan Hartley will be keeping a close eye on the Ashes and hopes his England side can kick-start two months of Anglo-Australia rivalry with a win against the Wallabies on Saturday.
Michael Cheika is expecting England to try and "bully" his Australia side on Saturday with their half-backs set for plenty of rough justice.
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