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Rugby World Cup - The Breakdown


Latest rugby union news

Latest rugby union news

Latest rugby union news

Quote of the day: "He has probably been one of the best half-backs of the tournament. I have enjoyed watching him play," Australia scrum-half Will Genia assesses the previously unheralded Wales number nine Gareth Davies, who he will oppose at Twickenham on Saturday.

Tweet of the day: "Probably fitting that I finish my international career with a K.O in the 1st 10 mins. Story of my life. I LOVE THIS GAME!" - Namibia captain and Saracens star Jacques Burger reflecting on being concussed against Georgia on Wednesday, which means he has played his final match before Test retirement.

Moan of the day: England prop David Wilson's reported comment on Thursday of "It's not about what other people think, it's our opinion that matters," is horribly misguided. England players need to get out of their bubble and start interacting with the many people they have so badly let down in this World Cup.

Image of the day: PA.24372042 - England head coach Stuart Lancaster speaks to the media at Worsley Park Hotel, Salford.

Stat of the day: Australia, whose coach Michael Cheika announced his team on Thursday to face Wales this weekend, have beaten Wales 10 times in a row and also reeled off four successive World Cup wins against their Twickenham opponents.

What to look out for tomorrow: Pool C winners New Zealand and opponents Tonga both complete their group campaigns in what is sure to be a lively affair at St James' Park, Newcastle (8pm, ITV4). Friday also sees final preparations ahead of the weekend's action, with Wales meeting Australia in a Pool A decider on Saturday and eliminated England tackling Uruguay.