LONDON - New Zealand centre Ma'a Nonu scored a late try against Tonga on Friday in his 100th test, helping his team to a thumping victory and top spot in Pool C ahead of a hectic weekend when the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals will be determined.
NEWCASTLE, England - Holders New Zealand rampaged past Tonga with a 47-9 victory, sealed by a try from Ma'a Nonu on his 100th test appearance, to secure top spot in Pool C of the Rugby World Cup on Friday.
CARDIFF - Japan's Rugby World Cup fate could already be decided before they take on the United States in their final Pool B match in Gloucester on Sunday, but if Samoa throw them a lifeline they will be ready to grasp it.
NEWCASTLE, England - With nothing to lose, Tonga are in fighting mood for Friday’s Pool C clash with holders New Zealand as they look to end their disappointing Rugby World Cup campaign on a high note.
LONDON - Australia fullback Israel Folau has overcome an ankle injury to face Wales in Saturday's Pool A decider at a Rugby World Cup tournament he believes vindicates his decision to switch from rugby league.
CARDIFF - France may have done little to impress in the past four years, but there is nothing like a Rugby World Cup showdown to wake up Les Bleus, and Sunday’s Pool D decider against Ireland at the Millennium Stadium is just that.
LONDON - Argentina's Juan Martin Hernandez has been given a chance to play himself back into the Pumas side for the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with an outing at flyhalf in the final Pool C clash against Namibia in Leicester.
CARDIFF - France intend to follow Italy's lead to exploit a chink in Ireland's armour in Sunday’s Rugby World Cup Pool D decider in Cardiff, scrumhalf Sebastien Tillous-Borde said on Friday. Ireland showed signs of vulnerability in the face of an aggressive Italy, who ran them close before succumbing 16-9, and Tillous-Borde said France will mirror the Azzurri's approach but in a more clinical fashion.
LONDON - Australia coach Michael Cheika has no special plans to protect flyhalf Bernard Foley from an expected Wales onslaught in their Rugby World Cup Pool A decider at Twickenham on Saturday.
- Flanker Rohan Kitsoff will captain a much-changed Namibia side in their fourth and final Rugby World Cup Pool C match against Argentina on Sunday following Jacques Burger's retirement.