For the first time ever, Russia will play a Rugby World Cup match when they take the field against the USA Eagles in New Plymouth on Thursday. It is an exciting time for the big Bears.
Fiji will not compromise on their thrilling ball-in-hand style that has come to personify the South Sea Island team when they take on South Africa in RWC Pool D action on Saturday, according to veteran flyhalf Nicky Little.
Canterbury and Crusaders star Richie McCaw, who has set the benchmark for modern-day openside flankers, will become the first New Zealander to play 100 Tests when he leads the side in their Rugby World Cup Pool A game against Japan on Friday.
Richie McCaw will become the first All Black to play 100 Tests when he leads out a side containing sweeping changes to play Japan in their World Cup match in Hamilton on Friday.
England prop Andrew Sheridan was ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup with a shoulder injury, a statement issued by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) confirmed.
The USA Eagles put up a great fight against Ireland in the opening round of the World Cup before going down 22-10. Now they face Russia who will be playing their first World Cup game ever. With the cold war long dead it is just a rugby match.
Richie McCaw will become the first New Zealand international to reach 100 caps when he leads his team out against opponents Japan on Friday.
Harlequins' Joe Marler has been suspended for three weeks after striking an opponent during the Aviva Premiership match against London Irish.
England prop Andrew Sheridan has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup with a shoulder injury, the Rugby Football Union have announced.
Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford is expecting a fierce test from the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein this weekend after their disappointing draw at home against the Blue Bulls last week.
Edinburgh captain Greig Laidlaw has signed a two-year contract extension with the capital club, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2014.
Connacht have managed to lure influential lock Dave Gannon back to the club after a couple of seasons spent plying his trade in New Zealand and England.
Samoa start their 2011 World Cup campaign against Namibia in a Pool D clash at Rotorua International Stadium on Wednesday.
If there's one man Canada can rely on not to take a backward step in their opening World Cup match against Tonga, it has to be immensely their physical lock Jamie Cudmore.
Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has named a completely unchanged team from the one that drew with the Blue Bulls last week for their crunch clash with the Sharks in Bloemfontein this weekend.