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9mTristan Barclay, Robert Bartlett and Tom Hamilton

Monday Maul: The Tipuric dilemma and unscheduled water breaks

9mTristan Barclay, Robert Bartlett and Tom Hamilton

Monday Maul: The Tipuric dilemma and unscheduled water breaks

Tim Nanai-Williams, injuries, sprinklers, world rankings and an under-cooked Georgia - we round up the weekend's talking points.

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Cotter: Scotland can still improve

Scotland coach Vern Cotter insists his side still need to improve before the World Cup despite running in six tries against Italy.

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22hTom Hamilton

Samoa fail to shine at Olympic Stadium

Tom Hamilton discovers neither Samoa nor the Olympic Stadium are quite in tip-top shape ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

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20hJohn Griffiths

England's centres conundrum

Who were the last double-new caps to appear as England's centre-pairing? ESPN's resident experts have the answer.

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Meyer unveils Springboks World Cup squad

Skipper Jean De Villiers and Vermeulen included despite injuries while Reinach, Frans Steyn and Brussow miss out.

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2dTristan Barclay

Stars of London 2012 will inspire All Blacks - Williams

Rugby World Cup favourites New Zealand will draw inspiration from the stars of London 2012 when they make their bow at the Olympic Stadium, according to former All Black Ali Williams.

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Lydiate: Wales ready for group of death (2:25)
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World Rugby set Japan September deadline

The 2019 Rugby World Cup hosts have been given until the end of next month to provide assurances over the "financial security" of the tournament.

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5dJohn Griffiths

Will tournament history haunt the Wallabies?

How have Tri-Nations/Rugby Championship winners performed in past RWC tournaments and does any nation have a 100% win-record at the pool stages? ESPN's resident expert has the answer.

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Palu welcomes Pocock challenge at No.8

Wallabies enforcer Wycliff Palu has welcomed the challenge of David Pocock to his No.8 jersey ahead of the Rugby World Cup and says he isn't the only player gunning for the spot.

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Burger to captain Namibia at World Cup

Namibia head coach Phil Davies has named his Rugby World Cup squad, with Saracens flanker Jacques Burger confirmed as captain.

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Salesi Ma'afu to face court over scuffle

Former Wallabies pro Salesi Ma'afu will appear in a French court next month to face charges over an alleged assault linked to a carpark bust-up.

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Warburton: Wales can go one step further

Sam Warburton has underlined Wales' burning desire to go further than four years ago and lead his country into the Rugby World Cup final.

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Wales monitoring Anscombe ankle injury

Wales say that Gareth Anscombe is 'continuing to be assessed' after the fly-half suffered an ankle injury in training ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

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Genia's return adds uncertainty to Wallabies halves

Legendary Wallabies five-eighth Stephen Larkham has defended Quade Cooper and says half-back Will Genia hasn't missed a beat after rejoining the battle for the contentious halves positions.

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Ireland on tenterhooks over Healy fitness

Defence coach Les Kiss admits "each hour matters" as loosehead prop fights neck injury ahead of Rugby World Cup squad announcement.

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Canada name inexperienced World Cup squad

Head coach Kieran Crowley, himself a World Cup winner as a player with the All Blacks in 1987, confident his young side can cause an upset in England.

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