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Andrew Mehrtens, Justin Marshall join BBC's World Cup coverage
Former All Blacks Andrew Mehrtens and Justin Marshall join the BBC for their coverage of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
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Morne Steyn of South Africa scores a try during the Tri Nations match between South Africa and the All Blacks at the Absa Stadium on August 1, 2009
Heyneke Meyer unveils World Cup team, Marcell Coetzee, Cornal Hendricks miss out
South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer names his Rugby World Cup 31-man squad, with regulars in recent years Marcell Coetzee and Cornal Hendricks missing out.
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Kieran Read of the New Zealand All Blacks celebrates his try with Tony Woodcock during The Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Argentina at AMI Stadium on July 17, 2015
Kiwi bets £55,000 on New Zealand to fail to retain World Cup
A New Zealander has bet £55,000 on his own country to fail to retain this year's Rugby World Cup.
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Brad Barritt catches the ball during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on November 25, 2014
England centre Brad Barritt hails 'bold' Rugby World Cup squad
Brad Barritt credits England coach Stuart Lancaster for including Sam Burgess and Henry Slade in his Rugby World Cup squad.
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David Pocock of the Brumbies runs with the ball during the round three Super Rugby match between the Western Force and the ACT Brumbies at nib Stadium on March 1, 2014
Australia extend David Pocock, Kurtley Beale contracts
The Australia Rugby Union have extended the contracts of players Kurtley Beale and David Pocock.
Aug 28, 12:42
Henry Slade in action during an England training session on August 4, 2015
Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter: 'Henry Slade deserves England call-up'
Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter claims that Henry Slade deserves his place in England's Rugby World Cup squad despite a lack of international experience.
Aug 28, 12:03
Wales' wing George North (R) is tackled by Italy's wing Angelo Espostio (L) during the Six Nations rugby union international tournament between Wales and Italy at the Millennium Stadium on February 1, 2014
Jonah Lomu: 'Weight of Wales on George North's shoulders'
Jonah Lomu warns George North about the expectations that Wales will have of him when he returns to the national team to play Ireland.
Aug 28, 11:09
Sam Burgess looks on during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on August 18, 2015
England coach Stuart Lancaster: 'Sam Burgess in Rugby World Cup squad on merit'
England coach Stuart Lancaster insists that Sam Burgess is worthy of his place in the Rugby World Cup squad.
Aug 27, 16:12
Sam Burgess of England looks on from the stands during the International match between France and England at Stade de France on August 22, 2015
Sam Burgess makes England Rugby World Cup squad
Sam Burgess is named in the England squad for the Rugby World Cup.
Aug 27, 13:45
Sila Puafisi of Gloucester looks on during the pre season friendly match between Gloucester and Yorkshire Carnegie at Kingsholm Stadium on August 16, 2014
Gloucester Rugby prop Sila Puafisi to join Glasgow Warriors
Gloucester Rugby confirm that Tonga international prop Sila Puafisi will join Glasgow Warriors after the Rugby World Cup.
Aug 27, 12:29
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World Rugby wants assurances from Japan over 2019 World Cup
World Rugby wants Japan to provide a new proposal for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and prove "financial security" after Tokyo's National Stadium was dropped as a venue.
Aug 27, 07:33
George Kruis of Saracens catches the ball during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Harlequins at Wembley Stadium on March 22, 2014
Report: England pick George Kruis over Dave Attwood in World Cup squad
Stuart Lancaster reportedly opts for lock George Kruis over Dave Attwood for England's World Cup squad.
Aug 26, 22:57
Danny Cipriani has a little stroll during an England training session on August 4, 2015
Danny Cipriani left out of England's World Cup squad?
Numerous reports claim that Danny Cipriani will not be included in the England squad for next month's Rugby World Cup.
Aug 26, 14:32
Aaron Smith of New Zealand is tackled by Chris Ashton of England during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and England at Waikato Stadium on June 21, 2014
Aaron Smith signs New Zealand Rugby contract extension
All Blacks scrum-half Aaron Smith pens a four-year contract extension with New Zealand Rugby.
Aug 26, 13:22
Alex Lewington of London Irish scores a try under pressure from Nick Scott of London Welsh during the Aviva Premiership match on February 28, 2015
Alex Lewington pens London Irish contract extension
London Irish confirm that winger Alex Lewington has penned a new deal with the Aviva Premiership club.
Aug 26, 11:06
Dylan Hartley passes the ball during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2013
England forwards coach Graham Rowntree hints at Dylan Hartley return
England forwards coach Graham Rowntree suggests that Dylan Hartley could be part of the team's Rugby World Cup squad despite his ban for headbutting an opponent.
Aug 25, 16:07
Chaiman of the British and Irish Lions Gerald Davies attends a media breakfast event in Hong Kong on June 1, 2012
Gerald Davies backs Wales to progress at Rugby World Cup
Ex-Wales wing Gerald Davies believes that the current team is more than capable of qualifying from Pool A at the Rugby World Cup.
Aug 25, 12:16
Matt Dawson, the former England international, now BT Sport rugby pundit looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Harlequins and Bath at the Twickenham Stoop on May 8, 2015
Matt Dawson "surprised" by England defeat reaction
England's defeat France is not a disaster, according to former scrum-half Matt Dawson.
Aug 25, 05:30
Keven Mealamu of New Zealand during The Castle Lager Rugby Championship 2015 match between South Africa and New Zealand at Emirates Airline Park on July 25, 2015
Kevan Mealamu announces retirement after World Cup
New Zealand's Kevan Mealamu confirms that he will retire after this year's Rugby World Cup.
Aug 25, 04:00
Toulon's flanker Steffon Armitage celebrates after scoring a try despite a tackle by Llanelli Scarlets' wing Michael Tagicakibau during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Toulon and Llanelli Scarlets at the Mayol stadium in Toulon, southeaster
Ali Williams blasts England for overlooking Steffon Armitage
Steffon Armitage should have been included in England's Rugby World Cup squad, says ex-New Zealand star Ali Williams.
Aug 25, 03:03
Henry Slade during an England training session on May 29, 2015
Report: Henry Slade to make England World Cup squad
Henry Slade is to be included in England's Rugby World Cup squad, according to reports.
Aug 25, 02:52
Italy's lock Marco Bortolami lines up before the Six Nations international rugby union match between England and Italy at Twickenham Stadium southwest of London on February 14, 2015
Marco Bortolami omitted from Italy's Rugby World Cup squad
Marco Bortolami misses the cut on Italy's 31-man Rugby World Cup squad, while Michele Visentin and Robert Barbieri are also overlooked.
Aug 24, 19:01
Owen Farrell in action during an England training session on August 4, 2015
Will Greenwood talks up George Ford's England prospects
Will Greenwood believes that George Ford will get the nod to start England's final Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Ireland.
Aug 24, 16:33
Scotland head coach Vern Cotter during the International match between Scotland and Argentina at Murrayfield Stadium on November 8, 2014
Scotland release seven players from World Cup squad
Scotland release seven players from their World Cup squad ahead of next month's tournament.
Aug 24, 14:16
Richard Mathers of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in action during the Super League match between Huddersfield Giants and Wakefield Wildcats at John Smith's Stadium on April 21, 2014
Richie Mathers banned for breaching betting rules
London Broncos full-back Richie Mathers is suspended from all rugby league for six months after breaching betting rules.
Aug 24, 09:50
Montpellier's Francois Trinh Duc runs with the ball during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Montpellier and Bordeaux, on January 25, 2014
Philippe Saint-Andre leaves Francois Trinh-Duc out of France World Cup squad
France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre drops five plays from his initial World Cup squad, including Montpellier fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc.
Aug 23, 13:55
England head coach Stuart Lancaster looks on during a training session on May 29, 2015
Stuart Lancaster: 'England deserved to lose'
Stuart Lancaster admits that England deserved to lose their Rugby World Cup warm-up match against France.
Aug 23, 13:35
Frederic Michalak of Toulon looks on during the Top 14 match between Toulon and Stade Francais at the Allianz Riviera Stadium on May 3, 2014
Eddie Butler: 'Frederic Michalak becomes France fly-half'
Frederic Michalak's display against England will be enough for him to become first-choice fly-half for France, says Eddie Butler.
Aug 23, 11:21
Sam Burgess of England looks on from the stands during the International match between France and England at Stade de France on August 22, 2015
George Ford hails "brilliant" Sam Burgess
Sam Burgess would seamlessly fit into England's World Cup squad, says fly-half George Ford.
Aug 23, 11:01
Danny Cipriani has a little stroll during an England training session on August 4, 2015
Clive Woodward labels Danny Cipriani as a "super player" after his England cameo
Danny Cipriani "made a huge difference" to England against France yesterday after he came off the bench, says Clive Woodward.
Aug 23, 09:31
Scotland head coach Vern Cotter during the International match between Scotland and Argentina at Murrayfield Stadium on November 8, 2014
Vern Cotter: 'Scotland have plenty to work on ahead of Rugby World Cup'
Coach Vern Cotter says that Scotland need to improve ahead of next month's Rugby World Cup.
Aug 23, 08:55
England captain Chris Robshaw poses at the kit launch for the Rugby World Cup on July 6, 2015
Chris Robshaw: 'France defeat is a wake-up call'
England captain Chris Robshaw criticises their first-half display after a 25-20 defeat to France.
Aug 22, 22:18
Mike Brown of England is tackled by Cobus Reinach of South Africa during the QBE Intenational match on November 15, 2014
Mike Brown insists he is over concussion after five-month lay-off
Mike Brown insists that he is over the concussion that left him out of rugby for five months and is focusing on returning to his best for England.
Aug 22, 14:54
Luther Burrell of Northampton breaks with the ball during the Aviva Premiership match against Newcastle Falcons on January 2, 2015
Luther Burrell 'under pressure' to perform against France
Luther Burrell must play well against France to guarantee him a place in England's World Cup squad, says Will Greenwood.
Aug 22, 14:37
James Horwill of Australia arrives for a training session at Latymer School on October 29, 2013
Jeff Wilson shocked by James Horwill axe
Former All Black Jeff Wilson admits that he is stunned by the decision to leave James Horwill out of Australia's Rugby World Cup squad.
Aug 21, 13:31
Sam Burgess looks on during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on August 18, 2015
Brian O'Driscoll: 'Sam Burgess not up to international rugby union speed'
Brian O'Driscoll claims that Sam Burgess's place in the England squad for the Rugby World Cup is far from secure.
Aug 21, 12:17
Players of Fiji stand during the national anthem before the International Test Match between TOA Samoa and Tonga at Cbus Super Stadium on May 2, 2015
Fiji name experienced World Cup squad
Fiji coach John McKee names a strong squad for the Rugby World Cup with Akapusi Qera continuing as captain.
Aug 21, 09:20
James Horwill of Australia arrives for a training session at Latymer School on October 29, 2013
James Horwill left out of Australia's Rugby World Cup squad
James Horwill is not included in Australia's 31-man squad for next month's Rugby World Cup.
Aug 21, 08:44
Scotland head coach Vern Cotter during the International match between Scotland and Argentina at Murrayfield Stadium on November 8, 2014
Three Scotland debutants to face Italy
Three debutants are named in the Scotland starting lineup for their clash with Italy in Rome.
Aug 20, 15:02
Frederic Michalak of Toulon looks on during the Top 14 match between Toulon and Stade Francais at the Allianz Riviera Stadium on May 3, 2014
Frederic Michalak returns for France against England
Frederic Michalak returns to the France starting lineup for their clash with England in Paris.
Aug 20, 14:43
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