Tonga coach Isitolo Maka Monday left his brother and team captain Finau out of the team to face Japan as he announced eight changes for their World Cup Pool A game in Whangarei on Wednesday.
Italy coach Nick Mallett will settle for no less than all five points when his side go up against World Cup debutants Russia at Nelson's Trafalgar Park in a Pool C match on Tuesday.
With the Ivy Rugby season fast approaching, Dartmouth took to the field Friday night in their final preseason contest, facing off against traditional Northeast Rugby rivals Army.
Rory Best says Ireland possess the temperament to deliver on the big occasion but has demanded they raise standards throughout the World Cup.
Gregor Townsend believes Scotland can cause a surprise with a World Cup pool B victory over Argentina on Sunday.
Sale executive director of rugby Steve Diamond has confirmed Sam Tuitupou will be training with the team later this week.
Columnist Grant Ball says South Africa's World Cup Pool D match against Namibia on Thursday provides the opportunity for Peter de Villiers to trial combinations and give certain players a run.
Italy have no choice but to bag a full house of points in Tuesday's Pool C clash with Russia at Nelson's Trafalgar Park.
The Blue Bulls have poached another promising young player from the stables of Western Province by signing versatile back Lionel Cronjé on a two-year deal.
The Springboks were pleasantly surprised on Monday when nearly 500 people turned up at a very wet Owen Delaney Park in Taupo to watch them train.
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Ireland's upset win over Australia at the weekend has confounded predictions at the World Cup and given an entirely new look to the potential quarterfinal line-ups.
The impressive young Cheetahs team dominate our Currie Cup team of the week after their imposing display against the defending champion Sharks in Bloemfontein.
Georgia coach Richie Dixon has called for second-tier sides to be given more matches against the game's top nations, saying their performances at the World Cup would justify an expanded fixture programme.
England have called up New Zealand forward Thomas Waldrom to join them at the World Cup in New Zealand.