Wednesday, September 21
Fear of failure drives France and New Zealand - The Guardian - Graham Henry's All Blacks actually have the greater incentive to lose on Saturday. Not that they would ever entertain the thought
Samoa's Fuimaono-Sapolu just doesn't know when to stop - The Daily Mail - Controversial tweeter Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has escaped IRB punishment for comparing his team's fixture list to the Holocaust, slavery and apartheid.
Mighty minnows - Sky Sports - James Gemmell praises the rugby from the smaller nations and looks ahead to the key games in round two
Consiracy theories wide of mark - Scrum.com - "The smaller nations are getting a raw deal but suggestions that it is to minimise upsets and preserve the status quo are rubbish," writes John Taylor
Intriguing Rugby World Cup contests - New Zealand Herald - Nervous, nervous, nervous. Forget the Webb Ellis - this is our Rugby World Cup. Just kidding, but Saturday night's game has an aura beyond all others. There is an assumption that all those dastardly past injustices will be put right.
The Cobus Visagie column - Planet Rugby - In this week's exclusive column, former Springbok prop Cobus Visagie highlights the importance of scrums at the World Cup.
Chasing the All Black dream - BBC - Ben Dirs discovers how a NZ school fosters future All Blacks stars...and the odd England one
Martin Johnson's Poor Defense - Daily Star - Only a fool would pick an argument with Martin Johnson, but, hey-ho, here goes
Welcome to the fly-half factory - Scrum.com - "Christchurch was robbed of a starring role at the World Cup but it will still have a say in the destiny of the title." Graham Jenkins visits Christchurch Boys' High School
England searching for another gear - BBC - England unconvincing despite Georgia win, says Ben Dirs
Ireland's greatest Test win? - BBC - Ireland 'sensational', Australia 'ambushed', says Alastair Eykyn
France's Maxime Mermoz hopes to be frequent flyer - The Guardian - Maxime Mermoz's France career has been hampered by serious injuries but this graceful centre wants to lose his fragile tag against New Zealand on Saturday
French B team? Far from it - New Zealand Herald - Expand Marc Lievremont. Photo / Getty ImagesApparently France coach Marc Lievremont has lost the plot because after four years of experimentation he still doesn't know his best team. Mad man that he is - he's selected Morgan Parra to play at first five. Imagine that...a coach reaching a World Cup and mucking about with his selections.
Tindall personifies everything that is wrong with England's attack at RWC - The Telegraph - England are struggling to break down the best defences in the world due to a lack of explosive game-breakers in key attacking positions.
I was petrified but at the same time relishing the adrenaline coursing through my veins - London Evening Standard - This week we have been based in Queenstown, a resort town in the Otago Mountains which prides itself on being the extreme sports capital of the world. We were given the day off on Monday and myself and Simon Shaw, Nick Easter, James Haskell, Dylan Hartley, Chris Ashton and Ben Foden took on the Awesome Foursome. This is a day of high adrenaline activities starting with a helicopter ride through a canyon, then rafting back down the river rapids.
Breakdown battle - Sky Sports - Dean Ryan looks at the most influential position at the World Cup and praises Ireland's coaching team
Zara is all smiles as she arrives in New Zealand - The Daily Mail - Wearing a little black dress and a wide smile, Zara Phillips seemed not to have a care in the world as she appeared at a charity fashion show in New Zealand today. The Queen's granddaughter has reunited with England rugby captain Mike Tindall, who is currently training for a World Cup match against Romania on Saturday, after footage emerged of his antics with a mystery blonde just seven weeks into their marriage
Gilbert has released a new line of rugby cleats. The Gilbert Virtuo 8S is part of the exciting new product. Check it out.
The entire All Blacks apparel line has been updated for 2013/14. Check out the New Zealand All Blacks polo.
The Nike Tiempo is a solid rugby cleat and one of few styles still made from full-grain natural leather.
The Gilbert Blitz 8S rugby cleat is a great cleat at a great price of $69.99. Get a new pair of cleats today.
A cool looking all black rugby cleat with the high performance adidas is known for. Get in the Gear!
Wear the crest of the British and Irish Lions on your t-shirt. A great look for the summer.
The All Blacks Performance t-shirt is black with hints of blue from the training jersey. Very Cool.
The New Zealand All Blacks training jersey for 2013/14. Get in the Gear!
The USA Rugby Pro Alternate rugby jersey is perfect for any fan of the Eagles. Get yours to wear during the summer Test matches.
The NEW All Blacks 2013/14 jersey has arrived at World Rugby Shop. Dare to wear the colors of the All Blacks.