Ireland stunned Tri-Nations champions Australia by pulling out a determined performance to beat the Wallabies 15-6 in a tryless arm wrestle at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.
Wales prop Paul James it will be up to the forwards to take the battle to Samoa in Sunday's crunch encounter in Hamilton.
Samoa said they would draw huge confidence from past World Cup upsets of Wales as they bid for another shock in this weekend's vital Pool D clash.
Marc Lievremont's tense relationship with his critics appears nearer to breaking point after the France coach abruptly ended a news conference Saturday after a terse exchange with a journalist.
Saracens have made two changes to their starting line-up for the Aviva Premiership clash with Worcester at Vicarage Road on Sunday.
Scotland took a little bit of the World Cup to Christchurch on Saturday and made a donation to the city's earthquake appeal.
England captain Lewis Moody insisted he'd been "more sensible than normal" as he prepared to make his delayed entry into the World Cup against Georgia on Sunday.
France will seek to keep the pressure on World Cup hosts New Zealand in their World Cup Pool A clash with Canada in Napier on Sunday.
Lewis Moody will put six frustrating weeks behind him on Sunday when he runs out to captain England in their World Cup clash with Georgia.
Sonny Bill Williams looks to have earned himself a starring role in New Zealand's World Cup campaign after a try-scoring first outing on the wing - with just a few days' practice under his belt.
South Africa's power game proved too much for Fiji as the reigning world champions ran in six tries to go top of Pool D after a 49-3 win.
South Africa scored a moral-boosting and heart-warming 49-3 win over Fiji in their World Cup encounter in Wellington on Saturday.
England centre Shontayne Hape has admitted he is "itching to get out there" ahead of his World Cup debut against Georgia.
The Springboks produced an impressive display of controlled rugby as they swept Fiji aside, scoring six tries on their way to a convincing 49-3 victory in Wellington on Saturday.
Australia flanker David Pocock has been withdrawn from the Wallabies side to face Ireland in Saturday's Rugby World Cup clash.