New Zealand coach Graham Henry has backed Colin Slade to fill the void left by flyhalf Dan Carter following a solid performance in the All Blacks' 79-15 victory over Canada in their final pool match on Sunday.
England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson remains an injury concern despite a scan showing no serious damage to his forearm, manager Martin Johnson told reporters at a news conference dominated by the off-field activities of centre Mike Tindall on Sunday.
Aid workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have brought medical supplies into ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's besieged hometown of Sirte as fears grew that a humanitarian disaster was unfolding there.
Tonga winger Sukanaivalu Hufanga has been suspended for five weeks after being found guilty of a dangerous tip tackle in his side's 19-14 victory over France in Wellington on Saturday.
Samoa centre Eliota Sapolu Fuimaono faces a misconduct hearing, World Cup organisers said on Sunday, after the Gloucester player launched his second tirade of the tournament on Twitter following his side's 13-5 loss to South Africa.
Italy coach Nick Mallett had no excuses after his team were beaten by Ireland in their final pool match on Sunday, and backed the Irish to go all the way to final.
As the better part of 300 battered athletes picked over the scars earned in three weeks of blood, sweat, and yes, even a few tears, the seventh Rugby World Cup had a very familiar look to it on Monday morning.
For the third successive World Cup Italy failed to beat a Six Nations rival in their final pool game and so departed the tournament on Monday seemingly as far away as ever from reaching the quarterfinals.
Winger Mark Cueto defended England's disciplinary record both on and off the pitch today as the former world champions began the run-up to their World Cup quarter-final embroiled in controversy.
Seniors who take aspirin daily are twice as likely to have late stage macular degeneration, an age-related loss of vision, than people who never take the pain reliever, according to a European study.
South Africa skipper John Smit fired the first shot in the psychological battle against Australia today by saying his side were the underdogs for their rugby World Cup quarter-final clash in Wellington.
Dealing with injuries has been a fact of life for Wales over the past few years, but while other teams sweat on the fitness of key players heading into the rugby World Cup quarter-finals the Welsh have a clean bill of health.
England utility back Delon Armitage will miss this weekend's World Cup quarter-final against France after being handed a one-week ban on Monday for a dangerous high tackle against Scotland.
Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend left prison today after four years when an Italian appeals court cleared them of the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher.
Libyan interim government forces have intensified their assault on Sirte, unleashing barrages of tank, artillery and anti-aircraft fire and capturing a district in Muammar Gaddafi's hometown from his supporters.
The intensity level at the Rugby World Cup has been ratcheted up a notch, as the surviving eight teams begin their preparations for the knockout phase, while England and New Zealand have asked the public to 'move on'.
The World Cup would go on without the New Zealand All Blacks if they chose to boycott the 2015 tournament, International Rugby Board (IRB) chief executive Mike Miller says.
France have brought Nicolas Mas and Imanol Harinordoquy into their team for the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against England in the only changes to the starting line-up from last week's loss to Tonga.
Italy hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini is to face a disciplinary hearing for making contact with the eyes of Ireland prop Cian Healy during their Rugby World Cup Pool C clash in Dunedin on Sunday.