Former All Blacks captain Buck Shelford expects the Boks to beat Japan and Wales to be knocked out at the quarter-final stage for the second World Cup running.
Staff writer DYLAN JACK selects a backline from the individuals who have been impressive in the round-robin stages of the World Cup.
Flyhalf Johnny Sexton says Ireland are ready to peak in their quarter-final against the All Blacks in Tokyo in Saturday.
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has paid Japan the ultimate compliment by saying they were happy to avoid the Brave Blossoms in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
World Rugby have denied a claim from former England hooker Brian Moore that the All Blacks refused to have their final pool match against Italy postponed.
Joe Schmidt says that England and New Zealand have an advantage ahead of the quarter-finals after their final pool games were cancelled due to Typhhon Hagibis.
Italy captain Sergio Parisse has hit out at World Rugby over its decision to cancel the Azzurri’s tournament-defining match against the All Blacks on Saturday.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says the cancellation of their final World Cup pool match due to typhoon Hagibis was the right decision.
The big wins against Namibia, Italy and Canada have done little to prepare the Springboks for a quarter-final showdown with Japan or Ireland, writes JON CARDINELLI in Kobe.
Former World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward says England are the only team that can deny New Zealand from completing a three-peat of Webb Ellis titles in Japan.