Australia under no illusions about the challenge of beating New Zealand as coach Michael Cheika hails his side's rivals.
South Africa are confident of arriving at the World Cup with a clean bill of health despite being ravaged by injury during the Rugby Championship.
George Ford has hailed Sam Burgess' influence in the dressing room, believing the cross-code convert is more than capable of making a smooth switch into international rugby union.
Although the South African system doesn't help, Heyneke Meyer needs to take responsibility for his side's fitness, writes John Mitchell.
European champions turn to former Biarritz and Racing 92 wing in a bid to offset the loss of Bryan Habana and Drew Mitchell this autumn.
Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper has apologised for an expletive-laden tweet he posted in the wake of his side's win in Argentina.
A major study of rugby union players points to a possible connection between frequent concussion and brain function.
Former winger says fellow cross-code star can follow in his footsteps and go on to achieve Rugby World Cup glory.
USA claim psychological boost with victory over World Cup pool rivals Japan in Sacramento.
Andrew Strawbridge has been discharged from Waikato Hospital, less than three weeks after falling critically ill in Samoa while there for the historic All Blacks Test in Apia.
Ruck'n Maul: The relationship between Australian and Irish rugby officials has deteriorated due to the contract wrangle involving Kane Douglas and his return home to play for Queensland Reds.
Australian Rugby Union general manager Rob Clarke has moved to distance the organisation from the furore surrounding Quade Cooper's future.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has signed a new contract that will see him remain with the Six Nations champions until at least June 2017.
Rob Baxter's summer business in full flow as winger leaves London Irish for Sandy Park.
Young Harlequins back-row James Chisholhm will again be available to play for London Scottish, who he helped into the playoffs last term.
Both parties agree deal which will see lock return to Australia and reignite his Rugby World Cup hopes with the Wallabies.
Current England sevens coach and former captain will be assisted by Wales sevens coach Gareth Williams at Rio Olympic Games.
Flanker Heinrich Brussow will make his first Test appearance in almost four years after being named in the team to play New Zealand in Johannesburg.
Former England international has to quit due to injury after racking up over 150 appearances for Harlequins in 10 years at the club.
London based side will commence their campaign a month later than normal due to a fixture clash with the Rugby World Cup.
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