Rugby World Cup 2015: Joe Schmidt, Joubert, Picamoles

Joe Schmidt
Schmidt also led Leinster to European titles in 2011 and 2012
Rugby World Cup, 18 September-31 October
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Monday, 19 October

The Rugby Football Union is ready to pay Ireland £1.5m in compensation to secure Joe Schmidt as Stuart Lancaster's successor as England head coach. (Midi Olympique, via Gavin Mortimer)

Australian website News.com.au gave referee Craig Joubert 9/10 for his performance in the Wallabies' defeat of Scotland, highlighting his "surprising turn of speed" as he left the pitch at full-time. (Evening Standard)

South African Joubert has been compared on Twitter to Forrest Gump and Leonardo DiCaprio's authority-dodging lead in Catch Me If You Can.

Argentina wing Juan Imhoff, meanwhile, has been superimposed into various new situations after his celebratory swan dive in the win over Ireland. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Juan Imhoff

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has suggested the number of foreign players playing in the northern hemisphere's top leagues is hindering their international teams. (Rugby World Cup)

South Africa prop Trevor Nyakane has appeared in a video apparently mocking Wales fly-half Dan Biggar's quirky pre-kick routine. Nyakane, watched by team-mate Schalk Burger, reproduces Biggar's routine with 90s Latin dance hit Macarena playing in the background. (Stuff.co.nz)

France number eight Louis Picamoles, 29, is rumoured to have agreed a lucrative contract with an unnamed English club. Former Bath prop David Flatman suggests he might be bound for the Rec.

Bernard Foley
Bernard Foley keeps his cool while Will Genia (left) and Michael Hooper (right) appear in the background

Ireland have paid tribute to long-serving kit man Patrick 'Rala' O'Reilly with a video montage of his time with the team. (IrishRugby)

Australia's match-winning fly-half Bernard Foley also kept his cool in his post-match interview, refusing to let the lurking Will Genia and Michael Hooper put him off. (Wallabies on Twitter)

'Richie the Macaw' - a parrot pundit based in New Zealand - was on for a clean sweep of correct quarter-final predictions before Australia snatched victory over Scotland at Twickenham. (New Zealand Herald)

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