World Cup gossip: Manu Tuilagi has 'lost trust' in Stuart Lancaster

Manu Tuilagi
Tuilagi missed the World Cup after being banned by England head coach Stuart Lancaster following his court appearance for assaulting two police officers
Rugby World Cup
Hosts: England Dates: 18 September-31 October
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Sunday, 18 October

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has been criticised by some of his senior players with one calling him the "relegator" for taking Leeds down, while centre Manu Tuilagi has "lost all trust" in the 46-year-old and questioned whether he could play under him again. (Sunday Times - subscription required)external-link

Wales on Sunday's front page pays tribute to the Welsh team after their quarter-final defeat to South Africa on Saturday
Wales on Sunday's front page pays tribute to the Welsh team after their quarter-final defeat to South Africa on Saturday

The Rugby Football Union has still not finalised who will conduct the review which will decide Lancaster's future. (Mail on Sunday)external-link

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has distanced himself from rumours linking him with the England job.(Sunday Express)external-link

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has compared New Zealand to the Brazil football team after their 62-13 quarter-final defeat by the All Blacks. (Sky Sports)external-link

Former Wales fly-half Barry John has criticised the performance of referee Wayne Barnes during his country's quarter-final defeat by South Africa.(Wales Online)external-link

New Zealand World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry says France's domestic competition, the Top 14, is ruining their national team. (Newstalk ZB sports, via New Zealand Herald)external-link

Saturday, 17 October

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is top of the RFU's shortlist to replace England's Stuart Lancaster. (Midi Olympique, via Irish Post)external-link

Warren Gatland was approached by England in 2007 to be their director of rugby, a year before becoming Wales' head coach. (Telegraph)external-link

France captain Thierry Dusautoir has dismissed reports of a player revolt against head coach Philippe Saint-Andre. (Daily Mail)external-link

Former New Zealand number eight Zinzan Brooke says his country are lacking a clinical edge before their quarter-final against France.(Telegraph)external-link

Centre Matt Giteau will wear specially made gold boots to mark his 100th cap for Australia in Sunday's quarter-final against Scotland. (Matt Giteau Instagram)external-link

Matt Giteau's boot
Australia's golden boy: Giteau's boots to mark his 100th cap

Friday, 16 October

Premiership clubs are keen to have an input over who should guide England into the 2019 Rugby World Cup. (ESPN)external-link

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter is using the words of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson to inspire his team against Australia on Saturday after losing Ross Ford and Jonny Gray to suspension. (Daily Mail) external-link

Paul O'Connell
Paul O'Connell posts a picture of the pants he had to wear during his operation for a hamstring tear

Injured Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has revealed a bit too much on Instagram, posting a picture of the surgical pants he had to wear before going under the surgeon's knife. "The underwear has been the highlight of the operation so far," he posted. (Instagram)external-link

France are reportedly in chaos for the second tournament running, with stories emerging about a player revolt against coach Philippe Saint-Andre. (L'obs Sport via Wales Online) external-link

Former England captain Lewis Moody believes Chris Robshaw should not keep his job as the national team skipper if he cannot earn a starting place. (Independent)external-link

Scotland outside-half Finn Russell says he has "got the tools" to break through Australia's defence in Sunday's quarter-final clash. (Herald Scotland) external-link

Jacques Burger
Rugby captains have been eager to reveal their undergarments to the world with Namibia captain and Saracens flanker Jacques Burger posting on Instagram: "You recon I can pull this off??"
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Thursday, 15 October

England flanker Tom Wood has been accused of not supporting Chris Robshaw by the England skipper's Harlequins team-mate Dave Ward in a testy Twitter exchange. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

All Blacks at Rhossili Bay
Dan Carter and his All Blacks team-mates get good weather for their day trip to Rhossili Bay on the Gower coast

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has compared the youthful excellence of second-row duo Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager, 23 and 22, to tennis player Boris Becker, boxer Mike Tyson and ancient Greek general Alexander the Great. (Daily Mail)external-link

London mayor Boris Johnson, who famously took out an opponent with a rugby-style tackle in a 2006 charity football match,external-link has floored a 10-year-old Japanese boy in a game of street rugby in Tokyo. (BBC)

All Black captain Richie McCaw has got some support from back home with hockey international girlfriend Gemma Flynn posting a picture of the pair dressed as Batman and Catwoman respectively. (Instagram)external-link

Former Samoa centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has attacked the bans handed out to players from Tier Two nations, such as the five-week suspension, reduced to two on appeal, given to fellow countryman Alesana Tuilagi, as disproportionate when compared to those given to Tier One players. (Fox Sports)external-link

Referee Jaco Peyper told a discipline tribunal looking into the tackle that resulted in three-week bans for Scotland's Ross Ford and Jonny Gray that he was "satisfied that I dealt with the incident appropriately", after not issuing either player with any cards. His evidence was dismissed as referees can only give evidence of fact, on opinion. (Times)external-link

Gemma Flynn and Richie McCaw
Richie McCaw keeps to an all-black dresscode even in fancy dress

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper has tweeted to underline the fact that the tournament's disciplinary process is independent of the game's governing body. (Twitter)external-link

Australia back Adam Ashley-Cooper arranged for friend and former youth rugby team-mate and opponent Guy Grinham, who was suffering from terminal cancer, to watch the Wallabies win over Wales from an executive box at Twickenham as part of his "bucket list". Grinham died a few days later. (Sydney Morning Herald) external-link

Australia fly-half Bernard Foley reveals that each member of the Wallabies squad has mapped out their family tree so that they have a better understanding of their team-mates. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Wednesday, 14 October

Martyn Thomas, the former Rugby Football Union chairman, says he warned the RFU that Stuart Lancaster was not up to the task of coaching England. (Daily Telegraph) external-link

Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger provides one of the quotes inscribed on the walls of England's state-of-the-art training centre now being occupied by South Africa. (Press Association Sport)external-link

The South Africa squad are more than happy to take advantage of England's World Cup demise, having taken over England's Pennyhill Park base. South Africa back row Schalk Burger has described the facilities as "unbelievable". (New Zealand Herald)external-link

Japan team return home
Japan's rugby team, who enjoyed a historic win over South Africa before a pool-stage exit, have received a warm welcome home

South Africa lock Eben Etzebeth was less than impressed at being compared to Borat during a South Africa news conference, with Kiwi comedian James McOnie quizzing him about his resemblance to Sacha Baron Cohen's comedy character. (Daily Mail) external-link

The RFU will welcome independent recommendations from outside staff at Twickenham as part of the review of England's failed World Cup campaign, which could include former coaches such as Sir Clive Woodward and past international players having an input. (Daily Telegraph) external-link

Wales fans have voted outside-half Dan Biggar as their country's best performer at the tournament so far. (Wales Online)external-link

England Rugby
The RFU has declared this World Cup the biggest in history, setting records on the field and off it

A sound performance in controlling the quarter-final between New Zealand and France will put referee Nigel Owens on track to handle his first World Cup final. (New Zealand Herald) external-link

Australia's coach Michael Cheika has dismissed suggestions that smaller countries have got a raw deal from disciplinary hearings at the World Cup. (Guardian)external-link

Wallabies backs coach Stephen Larkham has warned World Cup rivals to write off full-back Israel Folau - who has not been at his best - at their peril. (Sydney Morning Herald) external-link

Former Ireland centre Gordon D'Arcy says a mixture of a kicking and a running game can catch Ireland's quarter-final opponents Argentina in a double-bluff. (The Irish Times) external-link

Springbok flanker Schalk Burger has compared Wales captain Sam Warburton to All Blacks leader Richie McCaw as the pair prepare for Saturday's quarter-final meeting. (Wales Online)external-link

Tuesday, 13 October

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has said meeting the Queen for a second time is "pretty cool" after Buckingham Palace hosted a special Rugby World Cup reception on Monday. (

Rory McIlroy
Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy gave the Ireland squad some pointers on their swings

England could face another 'Group of Death' in 2019 after World Cup officials refused to promise an overhaul of their controversial seeding system. (Daily Mail)external-link

On Tuesday Wales will name the replacement for Liam Williams who became the 10th back to be ruled out of the tournament, but it will not be Gavin Henson. (Guardian)external-link

Eddie Jones, one of the men touted as the new head coach if Stuart Lancaster is replaced, has said England need an "experienced" man in charge who could handle pressure at the highest level. (Guardian)external-link

New Zealand have conceded an average of 20 turnovers per game, which is easily the highest in the World Cup. (New Zealand Herald) external-link

Prince Harry with Wales captain Sam Warburton and head coach Warren Gatland
Friends again? England fan Prince Harry greets Wales captain Sam Warburton and coach Warren Gatland at Buckingham Palace after the pair helped knock the hosts out of the tournament

Ireland have moved up two places to third in the world rankings after Sunday's 24-9 victory over France, leapfrogging Wales (4) and South Africa (5). (Irish Times)external-link

South Africa winger Bryan Habana has warned quarter-final opponents Wales that the Springboks will learn the lessons of the last match played between the two nations, which Wales won 12-6. (Wales Online)external-link

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has implored his players to control their frustration at cynical breakdown tactics and to not lash out after David Pocock escaped with an official warning after he appeared to knee a Welsh player. (Sydney Morning Herald)external-link

South Africa have brought a patch of earth growing with grass from each of the nation's 14 rugby provinces to the tournament to give them "home field advantage". (Springbok magazine)external-link

Dan Carter
New Zealand outside-half Dan Carter posts a picture of Swansea Bay. "Not a bad night here in Swansea," he said. "This view from my room."

Monday, 12 October

England's squad took part in a day's riot training with the Metropolitan Police before their high-altitude camp in Denver in July. They had to dash through flames and were pelted with wooden 'bricks'. (Daily Mail)external-link

Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards is refusing to get carried away in the inquest into England's World Cup campaign and has no interest in the head coach job should it become available. (Guardian)external-link

Wales showed a "distinct lack of touch, skill, dexterity" and a "blatant lack of awareness" during their defeat by Australia, according to former Wales great Barry John. (Wales Online) external-link

Left to right: Paul James, Mike Phillips and Ken Owens
Wales players (left to right) Paul James, Mike Phillips and Ken Owens relax at the team hotel after their Pool A defeat by Australia on Saturday

Wales outside-half Dan Biggar has said his team are underdogs in the quarter-final match against two-time champions South Africa. (Wales Online) external-link

Former Leinster and Scotland coach Matt Williams says Argentina and New Zealand will be a "league above" Ireland if Joe Schmidt's side cannot find a cutting edge. (Irish Times)external-link

Scotland wing Sean Lamont, who won his 100th cap against Samoa on Saturday, says the current Scotland squad is the best he has played with during his 11-year international career. (Press Association Sport)external-link

Former New Zealand coach Sir Graham Henry has said Australia - who have already beaten England and Wales - are playing the best rugby he has seen from them in 15 years. (New Zealand Herald)external-link

Jason Robinson tweet
Japan, the first team to win three group matches and not qualify for the quarter-finals, gained many admirers during this tournament - including former World Cup winner Jason Robinson

The Welsh Rugby Union has included a £1.2m compensation clause in coach Warren Gatland's contract as they issue a "hands-off" warning to England. (Express)external-link

Former skipper Sean Fitzpatrick is confident the All Blacks have learned the lessons of past World Cup failures against France and will not get caught "cold" when they face Les Bleus on Sunday. (

The Wallabies will lay everything on the line in their quarter-final against Scotland, adamant they will not rest star duo Israel Folau and David Pocock from the quarter-final showdown even if they are not fully fit. (Sydney Morning Herald)external-link