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Rugby World Cup - The Breakdown

Published 21/09/2015

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Quote of the day: "Apparently rugby's on the news in Japan now. It's usually sumo but the big guys have had to move out of the way" - Japan coach Eddie Jones reflects on the impact of his side's stunning upset of South Africa.

Tweet of the day: "We had to close #RWC2015 official merchandise store on Oxford St yesterday due to overwhelming merchandise demand from the Japanese public" - World Rugby chief Brett Gosper @brettgosper

Moan of the day: Wales have suffered terribly with injury, losing Rhys Webb, Leigh Halfpenny and Jonathan Davies for the entire World Cup and now Cory Allen has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament. Liam Williams, Paul James, Samson Lee and Aaron Jarvis are doubts for Saturday's key match against England. The World Cup should be graced with the sport's greatest players and the losses endured by Wales ought to please no one.

Stat of the day: League convert England centre Sam Burgess has declared himself ready to start against Wales if required, yet has played only 112 minutes of Test rugby in his three caps.

Image of the day: To be added.

What to look out for on Monday: The build-up to two fascinating matches on Wednesday will continue apace. Fans who have tickets for Scotland's clash with Japan will be rejoicing at their good fortune and eagerly scouring the media for news ahead of Kingsholm showdown. The build-up to Australia v Fiji also continues, while New Zealand name their team for their clash with Namibia.

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