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Wales upbeat about North

NEWS: Wales wing George North is on course to feature at the World Cup, as he battles to recover from his concussion problems.

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James blow for Wales

NEWS: Cardiff Blues wing Tom James has been released from Wales' World Cup training squad due to injury.

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Ireland players kept in the dark

NEWS: Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is keeping his cards close to his chest ahead of his team's meeting with Wales in a World Cup warm-up match.

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Major hiccup for Japan 2019

NEWS: The 2019 World Cup is set to remain in Japan, for now, despite a major U-turn in the plans over a new stadium.

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From a deep dark pit comes belief

INTERVIEW: Jan de Koning listened as Jannie du Plessis chatted about the rejuvenation of the Springbok front row.

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No need for mourning in Bok country

INTERVIEW: The All Blacks are nervously looking over their collective shoulders at a much-improved Springbok team, as the World Cup looms.

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Meyer: Bring on the World Cup

Bok coach Heyneke Meyer is far from hitting the panic button, despite his team's winless start to the Rugby Championship. Jan de Koning reports.

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Big decisions for England coaches

NEWS: Andy Farrell says the England coaches have gauged a great deal about their 45-man training squad over a pivotal week in Glendale, Colorado.

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Ireland keep their Kiwi coach

NEWS: Joe Schmidt has signed a contract extension that will see the New Zealander remain as head coach of Ireland until at least June 2017.

USA axe Clever

NEWS: USA have released former captain Todd Clever from their Pacific Nations Cup squad over "multiple squad conduct violations."

Jones out of World Cup

NEWS: Wales and Scarlets prop Rhodri Jones has been released from Wales' World Cup training squad after suffering a ruptured pectoral muscle.

All Blacks still well off World Cup pace

REACTION: Ace flyhalf Dan Carter has put the brakes on praise for the All Blacks 39-18 demolition of Argentina on Friday.

Mbalula: 'Ditch ties, wear Bok jersey'

South Africans are being urged to ditch formal dress each Friday ahead of the 2015 World Cup and wear the Green and Gold of the Springboks instead.

Le Bleus getting physical

NEWS: France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre is focusing on physicality in his team's preparation for the 2015 World Cup in England.

A Yarde away from WC selection

NEWS: Marland Yarde is working hard to make to make England's World Cup squad after playing just two matches for the national team in the last year.

Deans: Boks not one-dimensional

INTERVIEW: Heyneke Meyer may already have evolved the Springbok team much further than most haters would like to admit. Jan de Koning reports.

Boks return to Vélez Sarsfield

NEWS: Unión Argentina de Rugby has confirmed that their final home match against South Africa, on August 15, will be played at Vélez Sarsfield.

Jean: A 'long walk' to the World Cup

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Jan de Koning chatted to Jean de Villiers about his comeback and future plans - including playing for Western Province.