Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde expects referees to take a tough line on scrum infringements at the World Cup but says it won't be an issue if teams toe the line.
Saracens flanker Jacques Burger returns to lead out Namibia for their opening World Cup match in against Fiji on Saturday.
The defending Currie Cup champions are not planning too far ahead as coach John Plumtree seeks to refine his side's game before they consider their semifinal hopes this season.
Tonga will kick off the World Cup's haka wars after they were given the nod to start their traditional pre-match war dance ahead of New Zealand in the World Cup opener on Friday.
The All Blacks' 24-year quest to regain the World Cup begins against Tonga on Friday with coach Graham Henry scouring the history books to resolve why past campaigns ended in misery.
Australian hooker Stephen Moore believes that the Wallabies now have more depth and confidence in their scrum than the disintegrating set-piece that brought them shatteringly undone at the last World Cup.
Sonny Bill Williams is under orders to stick to the game plan when he returns to the All Blacks starting line-up in the World Cup opening match against Tonga on Friday.
Sonny Bill Williams is determined to take his chance after his recall for New Zealand's World Cup opener against Tonga on Friday.
France wing Vincent Clerc has backed coach Marc Lievremont's squad rotation policy, saying it is essential that everyone gets a game at a long tournament like the World Cup.
Wales prop Adam Jones believes coach Warren Gatland has changed his team's mentality ahead of their crunch opening game of the World Cup against defending champions South Africa.
Japan are gearing up for a tough examination of their set-pieces, especially the scrum, when they take on powerful France in their World Cup opener, according to forwards coach Michael Byrne.
A number of New Zealand fringe players have been given their chance to impress for Friday's World Cup opener against Tonga.
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.