Former Springboks coach Jake White: “Ireland have an easier pool than some teams and they can almost measure the way they want to go in the whole World Cup. Photograph: Getty Images

South Africa’s World Cup winning coach Jake White believes Ireland are ideally positioned to lift the Webb Ellis Cup this time round. White, who guid(...)

 Luther Burrell: resumes his Six Nations partnership with Jonathan Joseph for the trip to Stade de France.   Photograph: to by David Rogers/Getty Images

Mike Catt has urged Luther Burrell to solve England’s World Cup “centre dilemma” when England face France in Paris today. The midfield is proving the(...)

Danny Cipriani was rarely involved during his 30 minutes on the pitch against France. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Danny Cipriani has been given another opportunity to stake a claim for a World Cup squad place after Stuart Lancaster named him on the bench for Satur(...)

Danny Cipriani has another chance to push for a World Cup spot as he starts off the bench for England against France on Saturday. Photograph: AFP

Danny Cipriani has been given another opportunity to stake his claim for a World Cup squad place after Stuart Lancaster named him on the bench for Sat(...)

Anthony Watson goes over to score his and England’s  second try during the World Cup warm-up match against France at Twickenham. Photograph: David Davies/PA

England 19 France 14 Sam Burgess and Henry Slade played themselves into World Cup contention as England marked their 100th meeting with France with an(...)

 Sam Burgess will make his debut against France on Saturday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Sam Burgess will make his England debut against France on Saturday with Stuart Lancaster insisting he has earned his place in the team after proving h(...)

Training routine: Ireland Rugby Squad gets down to business at  Carton House, Kildare. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 5:04

Opportunity knocks for a slew of Irish World Cup fringe contenders on Saturday in the first of the four warm-up games against Wales in Cardiff. While(...)

 Danny Cipriani has been re-bailed following a car collision in June. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Danny Cipriani, who was arrested on suspicion of drink driving following an early morning car crash, is due to be available for England’s World Cup ca(...)

 Sam Burgess will only be considered for England’s World Cup squad as a centre and not as a backrow. Photograph: Getty

England head coach Stuart Lancaster views Sam Burgess as a centre rather than flanker and will only consider him for the World Cup as a midfield optio(...)

Nick Easter, Maro Itoje, Elliot Daly, Ed Slater and Stephen Myler have been cut from the England squad. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England coach Stuart Lancaster has cut five players from his large 50-man squad ahead of the World Cup — with the rest of the group heading off to a t(...)