Brian O'Driscoll says he expects to overcome neck and shoulder injuries to lead Ireland in its World Cup opener against the United States on September 11 in New Plymouth.
Canada arrive in New Zealand with a World Cup winner at the helm and the belief that it is ready to take on the world's best.
All Blacks legend and Japan coach John Kirwan has a very clear idea of what he would like his team to achieve at the World Cup as they build towards hosting the global showpiece in 2019.
Jonny Wilkinson has told England that "every second counts" as they begin their final build-up to the World Cup opener against Argentina.
Namibia are the lowest ranked team at the World Cup, and were always going to face an uphill battle in a tough pool searching for their first win, but financial turmoil has made the task even more daunting.
Russia's first World Cup marks the biggest step yet in its designs for world rugby domination.
Of course, birth is important but it is not the whole story of life, nor is it the whole story of rugby life. We have here players born in a different country from the one they will be playing for at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Will Greenwood believes England's often maligned midfield will come good at the World Cup in New Zealand.
Versatile outside back Cory Jane has defied the current trend by deciding to stay with the Hurricanes next season despite a mass exodus of fellow All Blacks from the Wellington Super Rugby franchise.
Sale have confirmed they have agreed a deal to sign Andrew Higgins, who spent last season with Exeter Chiefs.
Australia full-back Kurtley Beale says hard work is behind his John Eales medal success.
Captain Felipe Contepomi insists Argentina are capable of causing another World Cup upset with an opening round victory over England.
Aironi have announced the signing of Samoan star Sinoti Sinoti.
World Cup legend Jonah Lomu believes New Zealand can finally end 24 years of hurt by lifting the Webb Ellis Trophy.
Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll is confident he will be fit for the World Cup opener against the United States on September 11.