Harlequins flyhalf Joe Marler pleaded guilty for striking an opponent in the Aviva Premiership match against London Irish on September 3.
Samoa are counting the cost of their 49-12 victory over Namibia, after two key players were injured in a rugged Pool D match in Rotorua on Wednesday.
Shaun Edwards believes Wales have had ideal preparation for their World Cup showdown against Samoa after meeting South Africa.
Declan Kidney insists the greatest challenge facing Ireland ahead of their clash with Australia is diffusing the team's enthusiasm.
Dan Parks felt the full wrath of head coach Andy Robinson in the middle of kicking all Scotland's points against Georgia on Wednesday.
Gordon D'Arcy refuses to be in thrall to Australia, claiming belief is the key to Ireland defying expectations at Eden Park on Saturday.
Ireland hooker Jerry Flannery has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup after suffering a torn calf which will see him sidelined for up to six weeks, team officials confirmed Wednesday.
Alesani Tuilagi shaped up as one of the stars of the World Cup after his unstoppable hat-trick of tries in Samoa's 49-12 hammering of Namibia in Rotorua on Wednesday.
The United States have been left ruing a four-day turnaround since their defeat to Ireland for a crucial clash against World Cup debutants Russia in New Plymouth on Thursday.
Retired Toulouse scrumhalf Jean-Baptiste Elissalde is being forced to ditch his coaching duties with the French club and kit up for the first time in 15 months because of the World Cup in New Zealand.
After losses to the top-ranked All Blacks and Canada in the first five days of the World Cup, it's little wonder Taniela Moa was limping badly when he left the dressing room.
Andy Robinson breathed a sigh of relief as Scotland won 'ugly' to maintain their 100 per cent start to the World Cup but admitted they have to improve if they are to progress from the pool stages.
Harlequins hooker Joe Gray has signed a new contract to keep him at The Stoop until the end of the 2013-14 campaign.
Ireland hooker Jerry Flannery has been ruled out of the rest of the Rugby World Cup with a calf injury.
Joubert Engelbrecht will captain the Leopards against the tournament leaders, the Lions, in their Currie Cup encounter in Potchefstroom on Friday.