Blue Bulls skipper Gary Botha is determined to capitalise on the momentum his young team have gathered in recent weeks to climb into semifinal contention in the second half of the season.
Most people would expect long-time New Zealand coach Graham Henry to have the best track record (and winning percentage) of all the coaches at the World Cup ... and rightly so.
The sight of big backrower Radike Samo palming off an All Blacks tackler and then evading two speedy backs as he hared 60 meters to score in the Tri-Nations decider last weekend is the kind of image that has given Australian rugby fans renewed hope for the World Cup.
For a player among the greatest centers in rugby history after captaining a Grand Slam-winning team and setting numerous national and Six Nations records, Brian O'Driscoll's career has not been without its disappointments.
Sharks coach John Plumtree has named an unchanged backline and made three changes to his forward pack for their Currie Cup clash with the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
Hannes Botha, a Springbok forward in three Tests in the early 1960s, died on 30 August 2011 after a long battle against cancer.
Fiji says it will officially complain to the International Rugby Board over New Zealand travel sanctions which prevent its rugby union chairman attending the World Cup.
All Blacks lock Tom Donnelly will move from the Highlanders to the Crusaders for the next Super Rugby season.
England great Lawrence Dallaglio says this year's World Cup in New Zealand has come too soon for the current squad to lift the Webb Ellis Cup, but has backed them to triumph on home soil in 2015.
The 15-member winter population of Antarctica's Scott Base - 13 New Zealanders, an Australian and an Irishman - will have the opportunity to watch all 48 matches of the World Cup on television.
England hooker Steve Thompson is determined to make the most of being at this year's World Cup in New Zealand having already retired once from the sport.
England captain Lewis Moody is confident he is "on the right path" to proving his fitness for the opening Rugby World Cup clash with Argentina.
Drop-goals will be decisive in close-run games at this month's World Cup, Super Rugby-winning coach Ewen McKenzie said on Thursday.
Steve Thompson has revealed how Martin Johnson laughed at him when he asked the England manager about his chances of an international comeback.
Selected quotes of Peter de Villiers since he became Springbok coach almost four years ago.