- 13 Feb 07, 04:30 PM
London - To update the earlier discussion, Newcastle have just announced that star fly-half Jonny Wilkinson will in fact be rested for Sunday's crucial Premiership game against Bristol.
The Falcons are the first Premiership club to show their hand and decide to go along with the Rugby Football Union's request that the England starting XV against Ireland should not feature for their clubs this weekend – especially the ones playing on Sunday.
Newcastle say it was a "joint decision" between the player and the club but what does this mean for their chances against second-placed Bristol on Sunday?
And was the club's concession inevitable once England decided to bring forward their team announcement for the Dublin contest to try to persuade Premiership outfits to go along with their wishes?
The other teams playing next Sunday - Bristol, Saracens, Gloucester Wasps, Sale - have yet to say what they are going to do. Their team sheets are eagerly expected.
It seems that Leicester are ready to follow suit, telling BBC Radio Leicester that England starters Martin Corry, Harry Ellis, Louis Deacon and George Chuter are likely to be on the bench for the game against basement club Worcester on Saturday.
Prop Julian White, an England substitute against Italy last weekend, is likely to start.
All in all, it does seem that both the RFU and the Premiership clubs are keen to maintain what seems to be a new spirit of co-operation between the two parties.
Let's hope that this new atmosphere eventually leads to an agreement which will prevent a situation like this from happening again.