Stuart Hogg has already suffered a case of mistaken identity in Japan but the Scotland star has no trouble recognising the threat facing his side in Sunday’s World Cup opener against Ireland.
Head coach Warren Gatland said the Wales team were “shocked” by the news of Rob Howley’s alleged breach of World Rugby’s betting and anti-corruption regulations.
World Rugby says it “fully supports” the Welsh Rugby Union’s “proactive approach” over the Rob Howley affair.
England face Tonga in their World Cup opener on Sunday amid a call from within their own camp to play a Test in the Pacific nation to aid a region that has enriched to the sport.
Finn Russell believes the real Scotland are ready to emerge from the wreckage of their injury-hit Six Nations and take the World Cup by storm.
Scotland have brushed up their act ahead of Sunday’s wet and wild World Cup opener with Ireland – by practising with balls soaked in shampoo.
Scotland do not have to sparkle from the off at the World Cup so long as they can find a way to leave Ireland dazed in their tournament opener, according to hooker Fraser Brown.
England coach Eddie Jones has warned the typhoon sweeping across Asia could have a major disruption on the World Cup in Japan but says he has contingency plans in place to deal with it.
Warren Gatland insists Rhys Patchell will be “fine” to travel to the World Cup despite suffering his third concussion in a year in Wales’ 19-10 loss to Ireland in Dublin.
Rob Kearney believes Rory Best’s Ireland captaincy has been “undervalued”.
Adopted Geordie Mark Wilson expects Newcastle to embrace its maiden England international as a valuable chance to grow the game in the North East.
Jonny Wilkinson believes England’s masters of reinvention can power their country to World Cup glory in Japan.
Eddie Jones insists England must continue scaling their Everest as he reflects on the off-field bonding that has helped propel his team into genuine World Cup contention.