They are not there yet, but Wallabies prop James Slipper believes the Australian scrum will be ready to show that they can take on the best in the World Cup.
Cameron Atfield Brisbane MP Teresa Gambaro has ruled herself out of the running for the vacant Speaker's position in Federal Parliament.
Rupert Guinness As Australian rugby has ducked and weaved its way through some terribly turbulent times, the one constant that has helped Israel Folau to stay on an upward trajectory in his career – and for the former NRL and AFL player to remain in union – has been his former Waratahs coach Michael Cheika.
Jesse Hogan In his early 20s Mitch Johnson was fragile in body, as evidenced by having to quit cricket and become a delivery driver while his back was crocked. In his late 20s he was fragile in mind, as evidenced by the way English crowds rattled him with their incessant barracking of him in 2009.
Jesse Hogan As one Ashes captain, Michael Clarke, enters the Trent Bridge Test amid intense speculation over his future his England counterpart, Alastair Cook, is quietly closing in on an ignominious batting streak of quintessential "specialist captain" Mike Brearley.
Derek Rielly Last night, the Australian stuntman revealed the customised bike he used to stun the world.
Steve James George North has still not completed his recovery from the concussion problems that blighted him last season and will miss Wales's World Cup warm-up match against Ireland on Saturday.
Jesse Hogan After bowling in front of officials for 25 minutes, the right-armer grimaced then left the field.
David Polkinghorne The ACT Brumbies are in discussions to bring Argentina scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli to the club next season.
Chris Roots Stood-down trainer Sam Kavanagh has argued cobalt does not have an effect of raising red blood cells as would be expected if the drug had an EPO effect.