Rugby World Cup 2011: News round-up
2011 RUGBY WORLD CUP IN NEW ZEALAND
- Quarters: Wellington & Auckland; semis/final: Auckland
- Quarters: 8/9 Oct; Semis: 15/16 Oct; Final: Sun 23 Oct
- Quarters: 0600/0830 BST; Semis and final 0900
- Live text commentary, scores & reports on BBC Sport website; updates on BBC Radio 5 live; watch on ITV;
A round-up of the latest news, views and gossip from the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Wales are hopeful both Luke Charteris and Rhys Priestland will be available for selection ahead of next weekend's World Cup semi-final against France after taking painful blows to their shoulders during Saturday's 22-10 victory over Ireland.
New Zealand coach Graham Henry said he had 'dealt with' and 'moved on' from reports that Cory Jane and injured team-mate Israel Dagg had been on a drinking binge just 72 hours before the quarter-final with Argentina. Winger Jane also allegedly broke the law that prevents smoking in public places and the players had to be hidden away from police by bar staff.
Australia playmaker Quade Cooper finished on the winning side but gave his army of critics in New Zealand ample ammunition in the Wallabies' 11-9 World Cup quarter-final victory over South Africa on Sunday. The 23-year-old turned the ball over four times in the game - a stat that may give Australian coach Robbie Deans a selection headache ahead of the last-four clash with the All Blacks.
New Zealand duo Colin Slade and Mils Muliaina are doubts for next weekend's World Cup semi-final against Australia after picking up groin and shoulder injuries respectively in the 33-10 quarter-final win over Argentina. "Colin's defintely [got] a groin [injury] and I'm not quite sure how long that's going to take to come right," said New Zealand coach Graham Henry. "I think Mils has got a pretty serious shoulder injury so I think he might be in a bit of trouble."
The Australian press has been trying to expain Australia's quarter-final victory over South Africa. The Wallabies made almost three times as many tackles as South Africa while 76% of the match was played in their half but they still emerged 11-9 winners.