World Cup


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.

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Nanai-Williams in Samoan WC squad

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

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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.

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New Zealand

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.

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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.

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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.

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New Zealand

Hansen feeling the exodus sting

The decision of Colin Slade to head to Europe after the World Cup has made coach Steven Hansen very aware that the exodus of players is not yet over.

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Maitland's WC chances slipping away

Sean Maitland has played his last game for the Glasgow Warriors and is facing a race against time to be fit in time for the World Cup.

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Owens and Joubert head WC refs list

Welshman Nigel Owens headed a list of 12 referees to officiate at the World Cup, which was announced by World Rugby on Tuesday.

Kaino not jumping All Black ship

All Black loose forward Jerome Kaino has committed himself for the next three years to New Zealand, the Blues and Auckland.

Noves optimistic about Fickou

NEWS: Toulouse General Manager Guy Noves expressed his optimism that centre Gael Fickou will be fit in time for the World Cup.

Tuilagi's World Cup target

England centre Manu Tuilagi looks set to miss the rest of the season through injury, but should be fit for the World Cup.

O'Driscoll takes aim at referees

INTERVIEW: Irish great Brian O'Driscoll said that it was officiating and not the laws of the game that needed to change.

Northern Hemisphere fire WC shots

The frenzied finale to the Six Nations comes as a timely reminder to the Southern Hemisphere giants ahead of this year's World Cup.

Murray backs Ireland for World Cup

REACTION: Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray says his side's Six Nations triumph shows they are ready to make a major impact at the World Cup.

Gatland eyes World Cup glory

REACTION: Wales coach Warren Gatland said his team will look ahead with confidence to this year's World Cup.

Robshaw: Twickers a RWC fortress

REACTION: England captain Chris Robshaw feels Twickenham will be a real fortress at the World Cup later this year.

World Cup sales through the roof

NEWS: A record number of tickets will be sold for this year's Rugby Union World Cup in England, the head of the sport's ruling body said.