Rugby World Cup 2011: News round-up

A round-up of the latest news, views and gossip from the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Latest: Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi plays down reports linking him with a move to Super 15external-link. "I am loving playing rugby for England," says the 20-year-old. "This is my first World Cup and hopefully it won't be my last. When you do something you like, you want to do it all your life. I feel pretty lucky to be playing for Leicester and England. I am really happy."

The All Blacks will consider pulling out of the 2015 Rugby World Cupexternal-link unless commercial restrictions imposed on teams are revamped, according to New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) chief Steve Tew. "That's obviously a last resort," he told Radio New Zealand. The International Rugby Board (IRB) says it is committed to addressing the financial concerns external-link.

After team training in Wellington, New Zealand players and staff gather to hold up letters reading "Get Well Jonah - Kia Kaha (Be Strong)"external-link in a message of support to former All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu, who has been admitted to hospital after a health scare relating to his kidneys.

Argentina captain Felipe Contepomi predicts a "gruesome battle"external-link when England and Scotland meet on Saturday in a match which has the power to determine whether his Pumas squad progresses to the Rugby World Cup finals.

Russia hooker Valery Tsnobiladze's World Cup is brought to a premature end on Wednesday as he is banned for three weeksexternal-link for head-butting Ireland flanker Sean O'Brien.

Captain Mahonri Schwalger insists that Samoa will hold nothing backexternal-link in their critical match against South Africa on Friday. "This is our last chance," says Schwalger, whose side must win to have a chance of reaching quarter-finals. "It's going to be a hell of a Test match."

France defence coach Dave Ellis says his side are playing it "too clean" at the breakdownexternal-link and need to be more streetwise to slow down opposition ball. The French face Tonga in Wellington on Saturday needing a victory to ensure their progress to the quarter-finals from Pool A.

Ireland full-back Geordan Murphy has come up with a new way of dealing with Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanniexternal-link when the teams meet on Sunday. "I'm thinking of leaving some baskets of chips in the corners," suggests Murphy, who co-owns an Italian restaurant with Leicester team-mate Castrogiovanni. "That should do it. The amount he eats, it should distract him quite nicely."