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Quote of the day: "Apart from the Rainbow Warrior we've probably been on the same page for most of the time. But we've had similar perspectives on a rugby front. Their league, the Super 14, I'm not sure what it's called - oh, the Top 14. That's become quite a dour competition with a lot of physicality, and I know they're trying to recapture that flair." - All Blacks coach Steve Hansen lights the diplomatic touch paper with France ahead of Saturday's quarter-final - a rematch of New Zealand's 20-18 defeat to Les Bleus in Cardiff at the 2007 World Cup.

Tweet of the day: "Loving Boris Johnson. No control of his body whatsoever. He's got previous when it comes to this sort of thing too!" - Wales centre Jamie Roberts joins the world in shock and awe as former London mayor Johnson steamrollers a 10-year-old Japanese boy in Tokyo at the early launches for World Cup 2019.

Moan of the day: "We hold Ross and Jonny in very high regard and as a result will be launching a robust appeal to challenge their suspensions, which we feel are unduly harsh. I have raised their case with Brett Gosper at World Rugby and asked for consistency in how such incidents are punished." - Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson hits out at the three-week bans handed to Ross Ford and Jonny Gray for a dangerous double-tackle on Jack Lam in their 36-33 pool victory over Samoa.

Stat of the day: New Zealand named a matchday 23 for their quarter-final with France boasting an average age of 28 and 1,295 Test caps.

Image of the day: PA. 24442067 Wales' Dan Lydiate during a training session at Hazelwood, London.

What to look out for on Friday: Ireland and Argentina will name their squads for Sunday's quarter-final battle at the Millennium Stadium.


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