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Henry anticipates positive rugby

All Blacks coach Graham Henry reckons teams will play an expansive brand of football at the Rugby World Cup.

Stransky backs James

Lions pivot Butch James should wear the Springboks No 10 jersey at the Rugby World Cup, says Joel Stransky.

Police contacting RWC protesters

New Zealand Police have contacted well-known protesters and asked them if they are planing any civil disturbances during the Rugby World Cup.

Easter: Tri Nations teams will be ‘overcooked’

Southern Hemisphere teams will be “overcooked” at this year’s Rugby World Cup due to their Tri Nations commitments, says England No 8 Nick Easter.

Gower ruled out of RWC

Italy has suffered a major blow ahead of the Rugby World Cup, with Craig Gower set to miss the global tournament with a knee ligament injury.

Wulf sets sights on RWC

Former All Blacks wing Rudi Wulf is hoping to put himself in contention for the Rugby World Cup squad with a strong showing for North Harbour in this year’s ITM Cup.

Fiji aiming high

The Flying Fijians have had their fair share of issues, even before kicking a ball in anger this season, but they can be confident of a competitive squad for Rugby World Cup. BY CAMPBELL BURNES

Waldrom named in England squad

Former Hurricanes and Crusaders No 8 Thomas Waldrom has been named in England’s preliminary Rugby World Cup squad.

Boks name preliminary RWC squad

Six uncapped players and 21 World Cup winners have been named in South Africa’s preliminary Rugby World Cup squad.

ABs crackdown on social media

The All Blacks will not be allowed to use social media during the Rugby World Cup.

RWC media boycott

The world’s biggest media company has announced plans to boycott this year’s Rugby World Cup.

Leaving no stone unturned

Gregor Townsend is thriving in his role as Scotland’s attack coach. He’s expecting big things in New Zealand later this year. BY BARRY ROSS

Basson surprise omission

Bulls wing Bjorn Basson is the surprise omission from the Springboks’ pre-season planning camp.

Latu, Moa out of Cup

Nili Latu and Taniela Moa appear to have burned their bridges as far as making Tonga’s Rugby World Cup squad is concerned.

Fiji not bothered by trio’s absence

The absence of Rupeni Caucaunibuca, Isa Nacewa and Filimoni Delasau will not affect Fiji’s Rugby World Cup squad, says assistant coach Shannon Fraser.

Caucaunibuca unavailable for RWC

Fiji wing Rupeni Caucaunibuca has made himself unavailable for Rugby World Cup selection, as he wants to remain in France with his family.

Waldrom moves closer to England call-up

Former New Zealand Maori, Crusaders and Hurricanes No 8 Thomas Waldrom could be on the verge of being included in England’s Rugby World Cup squad, after being named the Rugby Players’ Association Player of the Year.

IRB powerless to help Fiji

It seems there is very little the International Rugby Board can do to help Fiji in its battle against the political sanctions which are threatening to impact the make-up of its Rugby World Cup squad, as it is a matter which falls outside its jurisdiction.

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