When in doubt, go with what you know. That seems to be the message permeating from Eagle headquarters, or at least Mike Tolkin’s selection criteria.
Argentina have sent a powerful squad with five members of the Rugby Championship roster present, including three who took part in the win against Australia.
It’s slim pickings for Uruguay in the opening weekend of the ARC as their first choice team host Russia in the final World Cup qualifying match on Saturday.
Last season couldn’t have gone much worse for the west country side, so it’s out with the old and in with the new, and the sun is shining on the Shed again.
London Irish have never won the Premiership and let’s be honest – they won’t this year either. There is still, however, room to be excited at the Madejski.
Harlequins have been there or thereabout for a few years now, but there is a sense that they might have peaked, with the new wave still a year or two away.
London Welsh are back in the big show, but can they stick around this time? After recruiting nearly an entirely new squad, they certainly have the numbers.
It must take real strength to be a Newcastle fan. It’s been more than a decade since they sat anywhere in the top half of the table.
Wasps are past due for a resurgence. Since their surprise victory in 2008 they haven’t finished higher than 5th and just barely avoided relegation in 2012.
Saints took home a double last season, winning the Challenge Cup but more importantly claiming the big prize – the Premiership title – at Twickenham.