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Rugby's minnows have been the revelation of this World Cup but many are hampered by tight scheduling which has left them facing two games in one week, while the sport's giants have twice as long to recover.
Russia's dream of a winning World Cup debut floundered on the rocks of set-piece inadequacy on Thursday, but minds were immediately turned to upcoming potentially trickier pool games.
Lions kicking coach Carlos Spencer says his team are not yet worried about the knockout stages of the Currie Cup, and are only focussing on their match against the Leopards in Potchefstroom on Friday.
The USA Eagles were left delighted to have claimed only their third win in six World Cup appearances after a tough 13-6 victory over debutants Russia.
Sharks coach John Plumtree has tweaked his side for the clash with the Cheetahs on Saturday, with veteran Stefan Terblanche moving back to fullback to make room for Marius Joubert in the midfield.
Toby Flood insisted he was not involved in a competition with former Newcastle mentor Jonny Wilkinson even though both men are vying to be England's starting flyhalf at the World Cup.
The fierce Fijians will go to ground if they are tackled the right way, and that is what Springbok fullback Patrick Lambie intends to do on Saturday.
Hamilton is not Bloemfontein. This week's World Cup match between mighty New Zealand and eager Japan will not be a repeat of 1995, the Nagasaki of Japanese rugby.
The USA Eagles managed to grind out a hard-fought 13-6 victory over the Russian Bears who turned in a determined debut World Cup performance at Stadium Taranaki in New Plymouth on Thursday.
The imposing figure of Sonny Bill Williams is likely to pop up in a new position in the All Blacks' World Cup match against Japan on Friday, but just where is a closely guarded secret.
Quade Cooper said on Thursday that he was looking only at the positives after being called a "boofhead" by a Wallaby Test great amid the unabated Kiwi hysteria over his public enemy status at the World Cup.
Romania head coach Romeo Stefan Gontineac has named his team for the Oaks' second Rugby World Cup Pool B match - against Argentina at Invercargill's Rugby Park Stadium - on Saturday.
The All Blacks on Thursday rejected suggestions that key players - including Richie McCaw and Dan Carter - were faking injuries to avoid playing Japan ahead of a key World Cup clash with France.
England prop Andrew Sheridan will return home with his rugby career in the balance after yet another shoulder injury cut short his World Cup stint in New Zealand.
England team bosses defended centre Mike Tindall following allegations that he had behaved inappropriately on a night out during the World Cup in New Zealand.
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