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3hTom Hamilton

Lancaster takes huge gamble on Burgess

England coach Stuart Lancaster is pinning his World Cup hopes on the rookie Sam Burgess, but the inclusion of the equally-inexperienced Henry Slade is a good call, writes Tom Hamilton.

Tindall: England must top their group (0:43)
Lydiate: Wales ready for group of death (2:25)
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11hESPN Staff

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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1dJohn 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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10hESPN Staff

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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1dESPN Staff

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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1dESPN Staff

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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2dPA Sport

Veteran Easter pushing for World Cup spot

Forwards coach Graham Rowntree admits Harlequins number eight is doing everything possible to challenge Ben Morgan for a place at the World Cup.

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2dPA Sport

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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2dPA Sport

England players seething over France defeat

Forwards coach Graham Rowntree opens up on pack review after Stade de France defeat - and warns mistakes cannot be repeated at the World Cup.

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1dESPN Staff

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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2dPA Sport

Laidlaw lined up for Scotland return

Greig Laidlaw will return to captain Scotland in their third World Cup warm-up match against Italy.

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3dESPN Staff

Italy announce final 31-man World Cup squad

Mauro Bergamasco will play in his fifth World Cup for Italy but former captain Marco Bortolami misses out in Jacques Brunel's final squad.

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4dPA Sport

Geraint John handed WRU elite role

Welshman resigns as head coach of the Australia men's sevens team and will take up new post from September 7.

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5dTom Hamilton

Lancaster: England need more discipline

England head coach Stuart Lancaster admitted France were the better side in Paris as the Red Rose gave themselves too much to do.

Catt wary of strong French line-up (1:53)

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