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The All Blacks were shown the importance of a strong start and switched-on mental approach by the Wallabies in the Tri-Nations decider just weeks before the World Cup, according to captain Richie McCaw.
The scrum contests in this year's Currie Cup are a mess, Sharks coach John Plumtree said on Saturday after his team's 28-19 loss to the Lions in Johannesburg.
Ireland are heading to the World Cup on the back of four defeats in as many warm-up matches but Paul O'Connell insists now is not the time to abandon all hope of the team playing well in New Zealand.
The All Blacks have injury concerns over loose forwards Kieran Read and Adam Thomson ahead of next month's World Cup, after their defeat to Australia in the Tri-Nations decider.
France coach Marc Lievremont has talked up his team's chances of winning the World Cup, insisting that their lengthy and intense preparations have given them real hope of lifting the Webb Ellis Trophy.
Three new champions were crowned at the Burger finals at Brug Street in Paarl on Saturday. Paarl Boys High repeated their success of 2007 by beating Oakdale 24-13 in the Big Schools division, the Medium Schools title went to Nico Malan (18-16 winners in quite astonishing circumstances against Schoonspruit) and Hawston held on to claim the Small Schools laurels 10-7 against Sao Bras.
Mike Tindall hopes the "buzz" of England's victory over Ireland in their final warm-up match will help propel the side to World Cup glory in New Zealand.
The 2011 schools seasons has eneded and in many places it has ended with a bang. There was a big score in the FNB Classic Clash in Parow, big results in two newspaper competitions and in Bloemfontein Finals and several traditional derbies, notably in Rondebosch and Wynberg in the Western Cape.
Australia flyhalf Quade Cooper was cleared on Sunday of a kneeing charge following his side's 25-20 victory over New Zealand in the Tri-Nations decider, less than a fortnight before the World Cup.
New Zealand's players face being fined by the International Rugby Board if they continue to breach protocol during the execution of their pre-match war dance, the Haka.
Manu Tuilagi was tipped to reach even greater heights by England captain Mike Tindall after the Samoa-born centre marked his second Test appearance with a second try in Dublin on Saturday.
Ireland suffered a huge blow when flank David Wallace was ruled out of the World Cup after suffering a knee injury in the team's final warm-up match, a 9-20 loss to England, at Lansdowne Road here on Saturday.
France coach Marc Lievremont insisted on Saturday that the naming of Philippe Saint-Andre as his replacement after the World Cup would not undermine his authority at the tournament next month.
Toulon made light of the imminent departure of coach Philippe Saint-Andre with a 30-5 win over Biarritz in Saturday's only game in the opening round of the French Top 14 championship.
England manager Martin Johnson is no fan of selection 'gambles' so it says something about Andrew Sheridan that the powerhouse prop is in the World Cup squad after an injury-marred season.
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The entire All Blacks apparel line has been updated for 2013/14. Check out the New Zealand All Blacks polo.
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