Back in the groove: Fourie du Preez sets up an attack against Samoa. (Photo: Getty Images)

Of course, the fact that du Preez has the talent to play in the latter stages of a World Cup is not in question – he won the thing in…

Ireland fans

By Whiff of Cordite Ireland and Italy served up a steaming dose of Six Nations mediocrity on Sunday, bringing a series of scratches to a sprakling weekend of quicksilver rugby…from…

Akahito Yamada

By Will MacPherson Japan were in irresistable form as they claimed another scalp by downing Samoa 26-5. Japan have been a revelation in this World Cup and remain in contention…

Wesley Fofana

France overcame stern resistance from a pumped-up Canada side to run out fairly comfortable 41-18 winners, although after 58 minutes the gaps had been down to six points, when Nathan…