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Hartley axed by England

NEWS: Dylan Hartley's hopes of playing in the World Cup were all but ended, after England ran out of patience with the volatile hooker.

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Ireland

McGrath could face World Cup woe

NEWS: Ireland's Jack McGrath may face a suspension that could ruin his World Cup hopes, after kneeing an opponent in the back.

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Wales

Davies ruled out of World Cup

NEWS: Wales' centre Jonathan Davies has been ruled out of the World Cup after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament

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Kirchner: 'New Bok waterboy'

INTERVIEW: Springbok fullback Zane Kirchner still harbours hopes of making the South African World Cup squad.

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World Cup Officials Prepare

The match officials are having their first preparatory meeting for the 2-015 Rugby World Cup with a gathering at friendly Arcachon between the sea and the vineyards.

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Du Preez: Available for Boks

NEWS: Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez will be available and will be considered for the Springbok squad in two months’ time.

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Japan

Japan crowned ARC champions

Japan were officially handed the Asia Rugby Championship Saturday, but coach Eddie Jones claimed officials had rained on his team's parade.

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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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MORE HEADLINES

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.