Ireland hooker Jerry Flannery has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup after suffering a torn calf which will see him sidelined for up to six weeks, team officials confirmed Wednesday.
Alesani Tuilagi shaped up as one of the stars of the World Cup after his unstoppable hat-trick of tries in Samoa's 49-12 hammering of Namibia in Rotorua on Wednesday.
The United States have been left ruing a four-day turnaround since their defeat to Ireland for a crucial clash against World Cup debutants Russia in New Plymouth on Thursday.
Retired Toulouse scrumhalf Jean-Baptiste Elissalde is being forced to ditch his coaching duties with the French club and kit up for the first time in 15 months because of the World Cup in New Zealand.
After losses to the top-ranked All Blacks and Canada in the first five days of the World Cup, it's little wonder Taniela Moa was limping badly when he left the dressing room.
Andy Robinson breathed a sigh of relief as Scotland won 'ugly' to maintain their 100 per cent start to the World Cup but admitted they have to improve if they are to progress from the pool stages.
Harlequins hooker Joe Gray has signed a new contract to keep him at The Stoop until the end of the 2013-14 campaign.
Ireland hooker Jerry Flannery has been ruled out of the rest of the Rugby World Cup with a calf injury.
Joubert Engelbrecht will captain the Leopards against the tournament leaders, the Lions, in their Currie Cup encounter in Potchefstroom on Friday.
Recent recruit Jacques Potgieter has been included in the Blue Bulls team to play Western Province in Currie Cup competition on Saturday.
England's Alex Corbisiero said he was ready to seize his World Cup chance after fellow prop and "hero" Andrew Sheridan was ruled out of the tournament.
Teams that do not adapt quickly to referee interpretations will not survive at the World Cup, according to South Africa flank Schalk Burger.
Andy Robinson hailed mission accomplished from the first phase of the World Cup campaign after Scotland beat Georgia 15-6 on Wednesday.
The All Blacks will field close to their top side against Japan in their World Cup clash in Hamilton Friday, saying they were under no illusion about how dangerous the Asian champions could be.
The New Zealand government said Wednesday it was taking control of the Auckland waterfront to ensure there was no repeat of the crowd chaos that marred the World Cup's gala opener last week.