Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has branched out into rugby and has been assisting Japan's Eddie Jones in preparation the World Cup.
Convincing Steve Hansen to extend his contract after the World Cup would ensure the All Blacks aren't exposed by the exit of their experienced players.
The recent November Tests showed the rugby community across the globe that the Southern Hemisphere dominance may be starting to crack.
Both parts of Ireland have united to bid for the World Cup in 2023, promising on Friday to rally Catholics and Protestants behind the event.
having played in all 12 of South Africa’s Test matches in 2014 it is safe to say No.8 Duane Vermeulen is an integral part of the World Cup plans .
Jean de Villiers will require surgery on his injured left knee and will be in a race against time to be fit for the World Cup in England in 2015.
England coach Stuart Lancaster insists his side are "on track" for next year's home World Cup after their win over Australia at Twickenham.