Fit-again Leigh Halfpenny insists he is happy to play wherever he needed for Wales in Sunday's World Cup opener against South Africa.
Martin Johnson has insisted it was a "no-brainer" for the England squad to head to Christchurch and show their support to earthquake-torn city.
Scotland fly-half Ruaridh Jackson is hoping he gets the first chance to impress for the World Cup Pool B opener with Romania in Invercargill.
Wallaby playmaker Quade Cooper said that he is prepared to be tagged 'public enemy number one' by the New Zealand public at the World Cup after his run-ins with All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.
Australia playmaker Quade Cooper insists he is unfazed by being "public enemy No.1" in eyes of the New Zealand public.
Rookie scrum-half Conor Murray insists he has no problem "barking orders" at Ireland and Munster legend Ronan O'Gara.
Even though the Springboks have played more matches at Wellington's Westpac Stadium, it did not necessarily mean they would have an advantage over Wales, according to Bok vice captain Victor Matfield.
Ambitious Russia start their first World Cup determined to make an immediate impression by achieving the rare feat of winning their debut game at rugby's showpiece.
Many New Zealanders can scarcely believe they are hosting the World Cup as one of the planet's largest sporting events prepares to kick-off in what promises to be a defining moment for the country.
The USA Eagles rugby team will attend an emotional church service marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks just hours before their opening World Cup game against Ireland.
The way has been cleared for Richie McCaw to become the first All Black to play 100 Tests after his nearest rival Mils Muliaina was a surprise omission from their opening World Cup match squad.
England scrum coach Graham Rowntree is relishing the prospect of a stern set piece contest against Argentina when the teams meet in their World Cup opener in Dunedin on Saturday.
Argentina may be about to present Ben Foden with the perfect opportunity to rediscover the form that earned him the England fullback jersey in time for the World Cup.
Injured Springbok scrumhalf Charl McLeod has been ruled out of the Sharks' Currie Cup encounter with the Pumas in Durban on Saturday.
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