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Nick Easter looks forward to the exciting QBE Internationals announced this week and sizes up the European prospects of club side Harlequins in this week's RFU Podcast.
We round-up all the news from our leading sides going into the opening rounds of the Heineken Cup and check out one of the English game's fastest rising stars.
England No.8 Easter talks about of QBE Internationals against Fiji, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand in November and December next year.
Easter told the Podcast: "You’ve got to beat the best if you want to be the best and that is what England aspires to be. These tests are a massive challenge especially with New Zealand winning the World Cup."
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The 33-year-old is also preparing for a Heineken Cup opener against Connacht at the Twickenham Stoop as Quins try to extend their unblemished 10-game winning run this season.
Our reporters have caught up with all the big names in the club game with London Irish and Northampton Saints chiefs Toby Booth and Jim Mallinder, Saracens' rising star Owen Farrell, Leicester Tigers and Bath captains Geordan Murphy and Stuart Hooper and Gloucester coach Bryan Redpath.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend too and one of the competitors, London Scottish, have snapped up one young talent as a dual-registered player.
England U20 and London Wasps centre Elliot Daly tells us how he's looking forward to continuing his progress with the RFU Championship club.
The RFU Podcast takes you inside English rugby from the grassroots to the elite.