Jannie du Plessis insists South Africa's power-packed bench for the clash against Wales is testament to their opponents' forward strength.
Eddie O'Sullivan is adopting a hard-headed approach to plotting the downfall of the team he led with distinction when the USA meet Ireland.
Jonathan Sexton wants Ireland's young guns to take the lead at the World Cup, claiming they are unburdened by any painful memories from 2007.
James Haskell has promised that whatever the outward appearance of the 'stiff upper lip' Englishman there will be no lack of passion from Martin Johnson's men when they begin their World Cup campaign against Argentina.
New Zealand and Tonga opened up proceedings in Pool A on Friday - in what was also the 2011 Rugby World Cup opener - and, on Saturday, it will be the turn of France and Japan to keep their pool ticking over.
New Zealand managed a 41-10 win over Tonga in the opening match of the World Cup, in Auckland on Friday. However, it was not entirely convincing.
Scotland head coach Andy Robinson is eager for his side to maintain their winning momentum in Saturday's World Cup Pool B opener with Romania.
France coach Marc Lievremont has moved to stamp out any complacency within the French camp by publicly criticising the attitude of his players in a training session ahead of Saturday's World Cup match against Japan.
New Zealand captain Richie McCaw says he is excited to have the World Cup under way after his side's 41-10 win over Tonga on Friday.
New Zealand got their World Cup challenge off to a solid start with a 41-10 win over Tonga in Friday's Pool A clash at Eden Park in Auckland.
The organisers of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International have introduced three new playing regulations - all of which will help tighten up this exciting student rugby tournament ahead of its fifth edition.
New Zealand got their World Cup campaign off to a victorious start, but it was far from convincing as they beat a willing Tongan team 41-10 in Auckland on Friday.
John Barclay has called on Scotland to get off to a fast start when they get their World Cup challenge underway against Romania.
High-spirited training with punches thrown was "healthy competition" within the Wallaby squad in the countdown to Sunday's opening World Cup game, centre Anthony Fainga'a said on Friday.
Wales coach Warren Gatland is relishing the prospect of unleashing "attacking players" James Hook and Rhys Priestland on South Africa.