Rugby World Cup 2011: News round-up
2011 RUGBY WORLD CUP IN NEW ZEALAND
- 11 (nine in North Island, two in South)
- Fri 9 Sept - Sun 23 Oct
- From 0100 BST - 0930 BST
- Scores & reports on BBC Sport website plus live text commentaries on home nations and other major games; updates on BBC Radio 5 live; watch on ITV; commentary on TalkSport
A round-up of the latest news, views and gossip from the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Stephen Jones will become Welsh rugby's most-capped player when he earns his 101st cap in the World Cup Pool D game against Namibia on Monday. Meanwhile, Wales' Shane Williams and James Hook
Captain John Smit will be rested for South Africa's final World Cup group match against Samoa on Friday and lock Bakkies Botha could join him on the sidelines after suffering his second injury at the World Cup, coach Peter de Villiers said on Saturday.
Fiji flanker Dominiko Waqaniburotu has lost his appeal against a three-match ban for a dangerous tackle and will now miss the rest of the World Cup pool phase and the quarter-finals, should Fiji make the knockout stages.
Australia are counting the cost of several serious injuries despite comfortably beating the United States. Rob Horne suffered a fractured cheekbone, Anthony Faingaa was severely concussed and Pat McCabe dislocated his shoulder. Kurtley Beale and Wycliff Palu also had hamstring problems. The injury list was described as "pretty extensive" by coach Robbie Deans.
The owner of a car dealership giant has labelled trademark rules around the use of the words All Blacks as "bloody ridiculous" after his staff were told to change a message supporting the team. The company installed the message "Go the All Blacks" in giant white lettering on a black window at a cost of about NZ $10,000 but was told to take it down because it was in breach of trademark regulations.