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Rugby World Cup - The Breakdown

Quote of the day: "It was a tough choice but I know it's the right choice and I'll back him and if we, as South Africans, maybe backed each other more, South Africa would be a better place with less hate and violence and more love." - Springboks boss Heyneke Meyer defends his decision to retain Jean De Villiers in his starting line-up.

Tweet of the day: "Eng midfield, Farrell, Burgess, Barritt. Strong in defence but no pace or creativity. What's wrong with Slade? @willcarling" - Former England flanker Peter Winterbottom cannot hide his confusion over head coach Stuart Lancaster's apparent complete recasting of his midfield roles. Injury to Jonathan Joseph is expected to lead Lancaster to pair Owen Farrell, Sam Burgess and Brad Barritt in an entirely new-look inside back division.

Moan of the day: Amanaki Mafi bulldozed through Scotland time and again for 44 minutes in Japan's rousing effort despite a 45-10 defeat at Kingsholm. The busy back-rower was removed by stretcher just four minutes into the second half owing to a serious knee problem however - lengthening still further the tournament's growing injury list. The world's best players do not deserve to be robbed of their time to shine on the global stage.

Stat of the day: Scotland passed 1,000 Rugby World Cup points with their hard-fought but eventually comfortable win over Japan.

Image of the day: PA 24218991 - Scotland's Tommy Seymour is tackled by Japan's Ayumu Goromaru just before the try line.

What to look out for tomorrow: One-man tackling machine Jacques Burger will spearhead Namibia's defence under an All Blacks onslaught at London's Olympic Stadium (2000). Saracens' gritty flanker Burger tackles himself to a standstill for club and country, and will need to be at his indomitable best against reigning world champions New Zealand.


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