• Ireland name strong side

    Luke Fitzgerald will start at inside centre in place of the injured Robbie Henshaw in Ireland’s World Cup opener against Canada at the Milennium Stadium.

    Spedding at 15 for France

    South African-born Scott Spedding will start at fullback in France’s World Cup opener against Italy at Twickenham on Saturday.

    ‘Jean most comfortable at 12’

    Heyneke Meyer says he wants to afford Jean de Villiers the opportunity to ‘lay down his marker as captain’ in his preferred position when the Springboks take on Japan.