South Africa may have won the World Cup four years ago, but the team that turned the 2007 tournament upside down was Argentina.
England appear to have two major problems if they are to reach a third successive World Cup final: how to secure quick ball and finding a way of doing something useful if they get it.
Romania have played in every World Cup to date but unfortunately for the Oaks, they have yet to claw their way out of the group stages.
Springbok coach Peter de Villiers explained that reliability, experience and finding a balance in the squad were foremost concerns for him when he was selecting the 30 players to take to the World Cup.
South Africa coach Peter de Villiers has opted for the tried and trusted in his 30-man squad for the World Cup.
Springbok coach Peter de Villiers sprung a surprise when he named a few players that seemed to be out of the Bok frame - most notably Francois Louw, Odwa Ndungane and Johann Muller in the squad to defend the World Cup title.
Chris Cusiter is desperate to reclaim the Scotland number nine jersey after squeezing into their Rugby World Cup squad.
Graham Rowntree has warned Ireland that England will be out for revenge in their final Rugby World Cup warm-up match on Saturday.
Wales number eight Ryan Jones was "over the moon" to have his place confirmed in the squad for the World Cup in New Zealand.
Paddy O'Brien, the IRB's refereeing boss, has let referees know that they are to abide by protocols, including the protocol outlining the TMO's area of jurisdiction.
Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has made just two changes to the team that demolished the Pumas in Bloemfontein last weekend for their Currie Cup encounter with the Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday.
Sebastien Chabal has said that he is trying not to dwell on his non-selection for the France team for the World Cup but would instead focus on what could be his final season with Top 14 side Racing Metro.
Sharks coach John Plumtree criticised the fitness of players returning from France after he was forced to put veteran centre Marius Joubert on a conditioning block to get him up to speed with his teammates.
South African Sevens star Steven Hunt has been drafted into the Western Province Currie Cup team to play against the Pumas at Witbank on Friday.
Sharks coach John Plumtree insists that his side is well poised on the Currie Cup log despite lacking some cutting edge and dropping points in several of their lesser matches this season.