Maties' bid for an unprecedented 13th national club championship title received a huge boost on Monday.
South African coach Peter de Villiers surprised by naming a near full-strength team to face Namibia in a World Cup Pool D match in Albany on Saturday.
Samoa centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has accused World Cup organisers of treating Samoa unjustly, in a foul-mouthed rant on Twitter following the 10-17 loss to Wales.
A gruelling Polish boot camp with a minus 140 C° cryotherapy chamber and pre-dawn training sessions has made the difference for Wales who have impressed with their physical intensity at the World Cup.
Isitolo Maka is Tonga's coach at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Their captain at the tournament is his brother, Finau, who has been left out of the Tongan side to face Japan in Pool A action on Wednesday. It got us thinking, how many brothers are in action at the World Cup in New Zealand?
The variety of outdoor activities on offer in and around Taupo will not distract the Springboks from their goal of winning the World Cup, Springbok forward Willem Alberts said on Monday.
All Blacks wing Zac Guildford has admitted that he had an alcohol problem and publicly apologised for breaking an agreement with management by drinking "excessively" after a game last month
England attack coach Brian Smith has insisted that it is "terrific" Jonny Wilkinson and Toby Flood are still vying to be the team's starting flyhalf at the World Cup.
As the kudos for Canada's performance at the Rugby World Cup continue to pile up - the rave reviews have also netted some statistical significance as its World Ranking improved from 14th in the world to 11th following Monday's weekly update.
After a tense afternoon in Treviso ended with a narrow win, Ospreys head coach Sean Holley acknowledged that while it hadn't been a great performance, the endeavour and spirit shown was very pleasing.
Leinster were left counting the cost of their defeat to the Glasgow Warriors on Saturday with a few new injury worries for the European Cup champions to sweat over.
The big match this weekend is New Zealand against France. In 1999 and 2007 it was France who knocked New Zealand out of the World Cup. Alain Rolland of Ireland is the referee for this match.
Cardiff Blues openside flank Martyn Williams suffered a broken arm in his team's loss to Ulster in the Pro12 on Friday night and will be out of action for the next six weeks.
Key players Richie McCaw and Dan Carter are expected to be fit to play France on Saturday, but the All Blacks tempered the good news by saying it's Ireland who hold the World Cup blueprint.
The denigrated Wallabies must defy World Cup history and become the first team to win the tournament after losing their Pool C game, wing Drew Mitchell said on Monday.