Wales coach Warren Gatland has yet to indicate who would provide “suitably trained and experienced” cover at hooker in the event of either Ken Owens or Scott Baldwin getting injured. Photograph:  Getty Images.

Wales and Australia will receive no sympathy from Rugby World Cup organisers if their decision to pick only two specialist hookers in their squads bac(...)

Ken Owens (left) is one of only two hookers named in the Wales  squad for the World Cup. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Wales and Australia will receive no sympathy from Rugby World Cup organisers if their decision to pick only two specialist hookers in their squads bac(...)

Jonathan Joseph will be partnered by Brad Barritt at centre in England’s side to play Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

England have selected Brad Barritt and Jonathan Joseph as their centre pairing for Saturday’s World Cup warm-up game against Ireland at Twickenham. It(...)

Paul O’Connell tries to hold up a Welsh maul at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The theatre superstition has it that a bad dress rehearsal makes for a good opening night, so Joe Schmidt and the Irish squad will not be panicking af(...)

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(...)