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Burgess makes England cut

WORLD CUP NEWS: Rugby League convert Sam Burgess is one of the new additions to Stuart Lancaster's England squad.

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France

Kockott in France WC squad

NEWS: France coach Philippe Saint-Andre named his 36-man squad for the World Cup on Tuesday, which saw the inclusion of Rory Kockott.

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Louw: Burgess the real deal at flank

INTERVIEW: Springbok loose forward Francois Louw is backing his Bath teammate Sam Burgess to make his debut for England on the flank.

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New Zealand

Matfield backing Carter and McCaw

Victor Matfield is backing fellow Test centurions Richie McCaw and Dan Carter to shine for the All Blacks at the World Cup.

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Concussion: Temporary subs at WC

Players who suffer head injuries during the World Cup will be allowed a temporary substitute while they undergo a medical assessment.

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'Criminal' Tuilagi out of World Cup

NEWS: Manu Tuilagi will not be included in hosts England's World Cup squad, after being fined for assaulting a police officer.

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Australia

Aus warm up for WC against Eagles

The Wallabies’ final preparations before the World Cup will include a two week tour of the USA and a historic match against the Eagles.

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Wales

Gatland wants North in cotton wool

Wales coach Warren Gatland has admitted that he is worried another concussion could end George North's World Cup prospects.

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MORE HEADLINES

Cruden surgery a success

All Black flyhalf Aaron Cruden's knee reconstruction surgery, which took place on Friday, was successful and he is expected to make full recovery.

July return for Bok miracle man

NEWS: Springbok captain Jean de Villiers has described his recovery process from a serious knee injury as a "miracle".

Flip turns down the World Cup

Heyneke Meyer has dropped a bombshell in Johannesburg by announcing that Flip van der Merwe has made himself unavailable for international duty.

De Villiers on track for World Cup

INJURY UPDATE: Springbok captain Jean de Villiers is ahead of schedule on his road to recovery ahead of the World Cup in England.

Nineteen Boks on injury list

NEWS: More than half of the Springbok training squad could not participate in the first of the two camps, in Johannesburg on Monday, due to injury.

Nanai-Williams in Samoan WC squad

Samoa have named an enlarged 58-man playing squad which includes Chiefs back Tim Nanai-Williams.

Falcons host national team pre-RWC

Newcastle Falcons' Director of Rugby says it will be a huge honour to play the Georgian national team as each of them prepare for their respective tournaments.

Cruden wants dead man's ligaments

Hope may not be lost for the Chiefs and All Blacks should Aaron Cruden's knee injury turn out to be a severe ACL problem.

Japan toil to beat Korea

Their focus firmly on this year's World Cup, Japan struggled to beat South Korea 56-30 on Saturday in the opening game of the inaugural Asian Championship.

Barry backs young bucks

De Wet Barry says the likes of Burger Odendaal, Andre Esterhuizen and Jesse Kriel are proving their worth at senior level this season.