Did South Africa star take a bite? Scandal rocks Rugby World Cup after prop Malherbe appears to sink his teeth into USA's Trouville

Biting scandal rocks South Africa after prop Frans Malherbe allegedly sinks his teeth into

EXCLUSIVE - SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR, MATT LAWTON AT THE OLYMPIC STADIUM: South Africa might have left the Olympic Stadium believing they had emerged from a crisis but they could yet find themselves at the centre of a biting scandal. While the match commissioner will want to examine video evidence in an effort to assess an incident that occurred in the first half of this Pool B encounter, Sportsmail's photograph - taken by Kevin Quigley - appears to show Springboks prop Frans Malherbe (above, right) sinking his teeth into the shoulder of American lock Matt Trouville.

House of FIFA comes crumbling down: Blatter and Platini facing 90-day BANS as walls close in on football's most powerful men amid corruption scandal

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini facing suspensions as house of FIFA comes crashing down in

CHARLES SALE: The two most powerful figures in world football were on the brink of losing their thrones. FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA chief Michel Platini are both facing 90-day suspensions that will effectively end their reigns. It will also knock Platini out of the FIFA presidential race, which he had started as the hottest of favourites.

MARTIN SAMUEL: Blatter and Platini's demise is long overdue... it's absurd these rogues are still clinging to power

When the end comes, as it surely will soon, the news will be met with a disconnected shrug. We are immune to it now, this sea of effluent washing up day after day on football's shores.

Keane snubs Fergie reunion at Old Trafford despite plea from Beckham

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and captain Roy Keane.
Sir Alex Ferguson has lifted the lid on his feud with Roy Keane, with the Scot claiming his authority at Manchester United would have been undermined had he not sold the increasingly volatile player in 2005.

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David Beckham has tried to act as peacemaker in the long-standing row between Sir Alex Ferguson and former Manchester United captain Roy Keane.

Zagreb star Ademi FAILED drug test after Champions League win over Arsenal (in which he played full game)

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MATT BARLOW: Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Arijan Ademi failed a drug test after his team's Champions League win against Arsenal. He played the full 90 minutes against the Gunners.

Ravel: Atletico Madrid wanted me... but I nearly quit after West Ham hell

Lazio midfielder Ravel Morrison has revealed that a whole host of top European clubs were interested in signing him when he left West Ham.

Fabregas backs under-fire Mourinho as 'best coach Chelsea have ever had'

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With Chelsea languishing in 16th position, Cesc Fabregas has backed under-fire manager Jose Mourinho to turnaround the club's fortunes this season.

Klopp cracks on: New Liverpool boss has already planned meetings next week as club prepare for unveiling

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 28:  Head coach Juergen Klopp of Dortmund laughs prior to the DFB Cup semi final match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Borussia Dortmund at Allianz Arena on April 28, 2015 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp is wasting no time in starting his Liverpool revolution after scheduling a string of meetings for early next week. Klopp has not been confirmed as Brendan Rodgers' replacement yet.

World Cup woe to American Football? England flops targeted by NFL scouts

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03:  England players look dejected after defeat in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 3, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

EXCLUSIVE - MATT LAWTON: Members of the England rugby team have caught the attention of NFL scouts interested in discussing a switch to the hugely lucrative world of American football.

Serbian bus windows shattered by stones thrown by Albania fans as rivals gear up for grudge match, one year after drone chaos

Serbian bus hit by stones thrown by Albania fans one year after reverse fixture was

A bus carrying the Serbia squad was hit by stones within hours of the team arriving in Albania on Wednesday for a Euro 2016 qualifier, a year after their previous encounter was abandoned in chaos. Albania has stepped up security for the politically-charged match, after their first meeting in Group I in Belgrade was abandoned when a drone carrying a flag depicting 'Greater Albania' flew over the stadium and a brawl ensued between players.

Meet Chelsea's new signing... whose last top-flight game was in 2014! Ex-Milan No 1 Amelia to pen deal as Begovic back-up

Chelsea set to sign goalkeeper Marco Amelia as Asmir Begovic's emergency back-up

Chelsea will complete the signing of former AC Milan goalkeepr Marco Amelia on Thursday after agreeing terms with the veteran shot-stopper following a successful trial period at the club.

Blatter and Platini Q&A;: Why football's top men are facing bans amid scandal

Shamed FIFA president Sepp Blatter's 17-year reign could finally be brought to an end. Here, Sportsmail's NICK HARRIS takes us through the corruption scandal's key points...

Mourinho will remain at Chelsea... they don't want change, claims Ancelotti

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Carlo Ancelotti expects Chelsea to keep faith in manager Jose Mourinho and has ruled out returning to work this season. Former Blues boss Ancelotti has seen the London side struggle.

Poyet: Sunderland must stop blaming the manager... and hire Big Sam

Poyet says former West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is the man to keep Sunderland in the Premier League

Gus Poyet says it is time Sunderland stopped pointing the finger at managers when they are performing badly - and recommended they attempt to convince Sam Allardyce to take charge. 

Over to you, Theo: Crocked Rooney looks set to miss final Euro qualifiers as spotlight falls on Arsenal ace Walcott to come good

Theo Walcott ready to take blazing Arsenal form onto international stage with England

MATT BARLOW: England captain Wayne Rooney is almost certain to miss his country's final two Euro 2016 qualifiers with an ankle injury. Rooney will not be risked against Estonia at Wembley on Friday night and it is highly unlikely he will travel to Lithuania for the final group game on Monday. Rooney, however, will be at Wembley on Friday night to receive a commemorative golden boot from Sir Bobby Charlton to mark his 50 international goals.

Martial 'has taken the bull by the horns' at United, raves France coach Deschamps as star pushes for first international start

Anthony Martial trains with France squad as Didier Deschamps says 'he has taken the bull

Anthony Martial will be hoping to transcend his blistering form at Manchester United to the international stage once more after taking part in France training. The teenage talent attended Didier Deschamps-led session on Tuesday as his France squad were put through their paces ahead of friendlies against Armenia and Denmark later this week.

Spurs star Alli is destined for England greatness... I knew he was special at 16, says MK Dons boss Robinson 


England's latest recruit Dele Alli has been destined to play for his country since the age of 16 according to Karl Robinson - the man who handed the midfielder his professional debut.

Barca to announce new four-year £48m shirt sponsorship with Qatar Airways

BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 29:  Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between FC Barcelona and Bayern 04 Leverkusen at Camp Nou on September 29, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Barcelona are expected to confirm a new four-year shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways before the end of the month worth £48million (€65m) per season.

Sherwood fears 'untested' foreign recruits could see Villa relegated

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EXCLUSIVE: Tim Sherwood is facing a race against time to fully establish his view of players signed under the direction of Aston Villa's recruitment department overhaul.

Carneiro has gone but physio is back... Mourinho to bring him back despite storm over Chelsea row

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is hoping to reinstate banished head physio Jon Fearn on to the bench for his side's Premier League clash against Aston Villa. 

Chile missing Sanchez and Vidal but Neymar misses out for Brazil as rivals prepare for World Cup 2018 qualifier

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Chile striker Alexis Sanchez and midfielder Arturo Vidal are doubtful for Thursday's World Cup qualifier against Brazil after struggling to shake off injuries, coach Jorge Sampaoli confirmed.

Does Farrell have an international future... did Lancaster need an experienced coach to help him... and can Burgess be our special talent? SIR CLIVE WOODWARD delivers his verdict on the big issues facing England

Sir Clive Woodward:  I don't want England job, Rugby World Cup exit was criminal, but Sam

After England crashed out of the Rugby World Cup, serious questions have begun to be asked of Stuart Lancaster and his team. And who better to provide the answers than the only man who has ever led England to a World Cup triumph?  SIR CLIVE WOODWARD gives his verdict on all the issues facing England between now and Japan 2019.

As his team look forward to World Cup quarter-finals, which injured star has got his feet up at home?

Leigh Halfpenny having to watch from home as Wales march towards Rugby World Cup

The injured star was set to play a big part in his country's Rugby World Cup campaign, but instead suffered the serious damage to his right leg in a warm-up game and has had to rest up at home.

REVEALED: NFL target Twickenham for upcoming London franchise

CHARLES SALE: American football's NFL are eyeing Twickenham as one of the venues for their upcoming London franchise - which rugby diehards might regard as the final nail in the coffin.

'I will end your England career': What Catt told Cipriani during bust-up

Danny Cipriani (L) looks on during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on August 26, 2015 in Bagshot, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England have confirmed there was a training ground incident involving coach Mike Catt and utility back Danny Cipriani, who didn't make the final World Cup squad, but insist it was resolved swiftly.

Gatland's secret weapon Stridgeon lifts the lid on Wales' intense training sessions... the secret behind their shock Twickenham win over England

CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 08:  Paul Stridgeon, the Wales strength and conditioning coach looks on during the International match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on August 8, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Wales fitness and conditioning coach Paul Stridgeon has lifted the lid on the training methods that inspired the momentous late turnaround against England at Twickenham.

My brother wasn't told why he was dropped! Ford's sibling slams fly-half's axe for Wales and Australia defeats

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: George Ford passes the ball during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on October 6, 2015 in Bagshot, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

George Ford can't speak freely about his World Cup ordeal but his brother has revealed that the England fly-half struggled to come to terms with being dropped.

All Blacks coach Hansen dismisses concerns over captain McCaw's injury enforced absence from Tonga match 

New Zealand All Blacks flanker and captain Richie McCaw walks during a training session in Darlington, north east England on October 7, 2015 during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS 

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has dismissed any injury anxiety surrounding All Blacks captain Richie McCaw as he sits out the final group game against Tonga on Friday.

'To, Harry... can you come to my house to play football with me on Friday?' Fan, aged 6, asks Spurs striker Kane to skip England clash and join him for a kickabout instead!

Harry Kane shows his softer side as the Tottenham star responds to six-year-old's request

With his first England start in the pipeline on Friday night, Harry Kane may have double-booked himself after receiving a special request for a kickabout. Kane could replace the injured Wayne Rooney and make his first start for the Three Lions against Estonia. But after receiving another offer, the 22-year-old may not be walking onto Wembley Stadium's hallowed turf for the Euro 2016 qualifier.

Birthday boy Defoe takes his mind off Sunderland turmoil... in karaoke session!

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe celebrates birthday with singing session at recording

Sing when you're winning, or so the popular Robbie Williams album says, but for Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe that might prove a little difficult...

Arsenal sweat on Koscielny ahead of Bayern Champions League clash

Laurent Koscielny is facing a race against time to be fit for the Champions League crunch clash against Bayern Munich. The Arsenal defender is recovering from a hamstring injury.

Bilic was always 'onto a winner' at West Ham, says defender Collins

Slaven Bilic's aura and ease with which he could unite West Ham players, staff and supporters meant he was never going to fail as manager. That is the view of defender James Collins.

'Southampton are built on faith from the very beginning... we don't just buy success, we breed it', says chairman

Ralph Krueger: Ronald Koeman committed to Southampton

Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger gave a bizarre, fairly cringeworthy speech at the start of his discussion at Leaders in Sport about competing at the highest level.

Two-time superbike world champion Biaggi faces £13m tax evasion trial 

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Former superbike world champion Max Biaggi will be tried over allegations that he evaded almost £13.2 million (€18m) in taxes. The trial will start next September in Rome.

Dougherty will become first golfer to wear microphone at British Masters

Three-time European Tour winner Nick Dougherty will become the first golfer to wear a microphone and talk to TV commentators at various points during his round in the British Masters.

We're ready for a good fight! Poland boss looks forward to Scotland showdown as Lewandowski warms up at Hampden Park

Poland boss Adam Nawalka ready for 'good fight' with Scotland and hails Robert Lewandowski

Poland manager Adam Nawalka is prepared for a Hampden battle - but he also warned his side to expect an 'advanced European game' from Scotland. The build-up to Thursday's European Championship qualifier has been dominated by Robert Lewandowski's goalscoring form and his complaints over a challenge by Gordon Greer in last year's 2-2 draw in Warsaw.

Is this the most risque footballer selfie ever? Former Fulham keeper posts picture from North Korea before friendly

Walsall's Neil Etheridge posts Instagram selfie while in secretive North Korea 

Footballers are no strangers to taking selfies, but goalkeeper Neil Etheridge took one to remember in front of the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in North Korea. The Walsall goalkeeper is on international duty with the Philippines ahead of their World Cup qualifier in the capital of Pyongyang - which is not a tourist hot-spot.

ROAD TO EURO 2016: Holland and Sweden in danger of missing out... all you need to know in race for France

It's crunch time in qualification for next summer's European Championships and here's the situation in each group ahead of the final two rounds of fixtures this week

Lewandowski is best in the world right now, says Scotland boss Strachan

Robert Lewandowski has dominated the headlines preceding a high-stakes affair between Scotland and Poland. It's not difficult to see why.

Wales will finish job that Speed started by reaching Euros, vows Robson-Kanu

Hal Robson-Kanu says he and his Wales team-mates will think of Gary Speed if they qualify for Euro 2016

Gary Speed will be in the thoughts of Wales players once their expected qualification for Euro 2016 is confirmed, according to Hal Robson-Kanu.

O'Neill: Northern Ireland can become legends by qualifying for Euro 2016

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - OCTOBER 7:  Northern Ireland football manager Michael O'Neill laughs with journalists as he holds a press conference at Windsor Park on October 7, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland host Greece in a Euro 2016 Group F game at Windsor Park on Thursday evening.  (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

If Northern Ireland succeed in qualifying for Euro 2016, Michael O'Neill knows his next big challenge will be delaying celebrations long enough ahead of Friday morning's flight to Helsinki.

Mobbed by the fans outside the newsagent before a hug from Rodgers and Gerrard... Klopp's last visit to Liverpool in pictures

Jurgen Klopp is set to become the new Liverpool FC boss... here's the German's last visit

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp may be set to become the new Liverpool boss within the coming days, but his Anfield unveiling won't be the first time he has visited Merseyside.  The Liverpool faithful were handed their first glimpse of the popular German boss last summer when he took charge of Dortmund for a pre-season friendly on August 10.

'He lives, eats, breathes and thinks football': Liverpool are getting fantastic coach in Klopp, Low and Hummels insist

Mats Hummels tells Liverpool FC they are getting a fantastic coach in Jurgen Klopp

Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels says Liverpool are lucky to be getting a manager who 'lives, eats, breathes and thinks football', while Germany boss Joachim Low believes Jurgen Klopp is the perfect fit for Anfield.

Coutinho is 'extremely happy' at Liverpool and 'hasn't spoken to Real Madrid or Barcelona'

Philippe Coutinho is happy at Liverpool and has NOT opened talks about a transfer away from Anfield to join Real Madrid, his representative Kia Joorabchian said.

Henderson had to tell stars Rodgers was sacked after call by US owners

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was left to tell the players that Brendan Rodgers had been sacked after he was informed via a phone call from FSG president Mike Gordon.

Rodgers sacking was 'strange', says former Liverpool striker Heskey 

Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey has branded the club's decision to sack manager Brendan Rodgers 'strange'.

So what's on Klopp's 'to do' list? Keep Coutinho, sort out Liverpool's leaky defence and get the Kop singing again

DOMINIC KING: As is the case when any new manager arrives at a club, there are a number of issues at Anfield which Jurgen Klopp must tackle. Sportsmail looks at the German's 'to do' list...

REVEALED: How Arsenal declare that crowds are far higher than actual figures released by police

Arsenal fans in the stands at the Emirates Stadium

EXCLUSIVE BY OLIVER TODD: Arsenal overstated their Emirates Stadium attendances by up to 5,184 fans per game last season, new figures uncovered by Sportsmail can reveal.

Habana scores a hat-trick of tries to equal Lomu's World Cup record as Springboks smash sorry USA at the Olympic Stadium

South Africa 64-0 USA RWC 2015: Byran Habana scores a hat-trick of tries in easy victory

SOUTH AFRICA 64-0 USA: Bryan Habana made Rugby World Cup history as the South Africa wing scored three tries during their emphatic 64-0 win over the USA. The 32-year-old's trio of tries sees him equal legendary New Zealand counterpart Jonah Lomu's total of 15 in Rugby World Cup history.  The victory for Heyneke Meyer's side also ensured that Springboks have now qualified for the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Prince Harry watches as African minnows Namibia narrowly miss out on historic first World Cup win as Georgia edge it

Namibia 16-17 Georgia: Prince Harry watches African minnows just miss out on first World

Georgia captain Mamuka Gorgodze broke stubborn Namibia to inspire his side to a nervy second win of the World Cup in Exeter. If New Zealand beat Tonga in Newcastle on Friday, Georgia will qualify automatically for the 2019 tournament in Japan by finishing third in Pool C after their 17-16 win at Sandy Park.

You're a failed coach, Haskell tells World Cup winner Back in latest row

James Haskell of England during the Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Wales played at Twickenham Stadium, London on September 26th 2015

England flanker James Haskell has been caught up in a Twitter spat with World Cup-winning openside Neil Back - the day after he was involved in a row with ex-Red Rose captain Lewis Moody.

England World Cup flops fury over having to use different HEADPHONES

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England players are unhappy with having to wear headphones made by World Cup sponsors Samsung before matches. Some were told they couldn't wear 'Beats by Dre' headphones.

Sexton is no Ibrahimovic... he's not a big-headed, insists team-mate Toner

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Ireland 'couldn't even fathom' French characterisation of Johnny Sexton as a 'big-time' personality in the Zlatan Ibrahimovic mould, according to lock Devin Toner.

Former New Zealand captain Cairns 'lied under oath to win £1.4m in libel damages after match-fixing claims'

The former New Zealand cricket captain lied under oath to win £1.4million in damages and costs after being accused of match fixing, a court heard on Wednesday.

England vow to improve in the field ahead of Pakistan Test series after dropped catches in UAE warm-up

SHARJAH, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 06:  Adil Rashid of England directs the field with captain Alastair Cook during day two of the tour match between Pakistan A and England at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on October 6, 2015 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

PAUL NEWMAN IN UAE: England will step up their catching practice in advance of the first Test against Pakistan in an attempt to avoid the lapses of their first warm-up game that could prove costly.


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Chelsea captain Katie Chapman celebrates with the trophy following the Blues' victory against Sunderland in Staines on Sunday afternoon        

Forward pass? Tonga show off their basketball skills ahead of All Blacks tie

Tonga show off their basketball skills as Mana Otai's side prepare for a Rugby World Cup

Tonga have gone for continuity in their side to take on New Zealand at St James' Park by making just one change from their loss to Argentina. Mana Otai's squad played basketball during a laid-back session at their Northumbria University training base on Wednesday as they prepare for their Friday night date with the world champions. A standout performer when it came to shooting hoops was Latiume Fosita, the player who has been promoted from the bench to replace Sione Piukala at inside centre. 

France practice big hits in training as they target Ireland talisman Sexton

France practice big hits in training as Les Blues set to target Ireland talisman Johnny

Eddy Ben Arous has vowed to go after Johnny Sexton as France raise the pressure on Ireland's linchpin fly-half. Brice Dulin called on France to suffocate Sexton and remove him from Ireland's 'vanguard', for Les Bleus to claim victory in Sunday's Millennium Stadium encounter. The victors will top Pool D and meet Argentina in the quarter-finals, while the losers will face the All Blacks.

Slade finally gets his World Cup chance after being named to start in dead rubber against Uruguay

Henry Slade finally gets his Rugby World Cup chance after being named to start in

CHRIS FOY: England will hand a start to highly-rated Henry Slade for Saturday's final World Cup match against Uruguay. The Exeter centre is tipped to be a star of the future and has a chance to impress in their dead rubber clash at the Manchester City Stadium. Slade has failed to appear in the tournament so far but now has the opportunity to stake his claim for a regular spot going into next year's Six Nations. 

South Africa coach Meyer 'so proud' of record-matching try hero Habana

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07:  Bryan Habana of South Africa goes over for his first try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and USA at Olympic Stadium on October 7, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Jan Hendrik Kruger/Getty Images)

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer hopes Bryan Habana is hitting form at the right time after the winger's record-equalling feat against the United States.

Decision to ban Tuilagi for five weeks branded a 'disgrace' and 'ridiculous' as Moody and Kay wade in

World Rugby have sparked outrage after their controversial decision to ban Samoa wing Alesana Tuilagi for five weeks for foul play for striking Japan centre Harumichi Tatekawa on Saturday.

Do a public review... I'm not bothered! Lancaster defiant despite failures

Stuart Lancaster has urged his RFU employers to conduct a swift review of England's failed World Cup campaign and confirmed that he would be happy for the findings to be published.

Scotland winger Seymour promises to be fired up for must-win Samoa match

Scotland's Tommy Seymour runs in for the try

Tommy Seymour insists Scotland will be well served by tapping into frenzied excitement and passion of Rugby World Cup as they try to launch themselves into quarter-finals past Samoa.

Ford insists he'd reject offer to replace Lancaster: 'I can't walk away from Bath, I've not won anything'

BATH, ENGLAND - MAY 23:  Bath coach Mike Ford celebrates after the Aviva Premiership semi final match between Bath Rugby and Leicester Tigers at Recreation Ground on May 23, 2015 in Bath, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Bath boss Mike Ford says he wouldn't consider being the man to replace Stuart Lancaster as England's next rugby head coach following the World Cup host nation's premature exit from the tournament.

Ireland duo Payne and Kearney are in the mix to face France on Sunday

Ireland's full-back Rob Kearney attends a team training session on October 7, 2015 in Newport, south Wales during the 2015 Rugby union World Cup. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE

Ireland injury doubts Jared Payne and Rob Kearney are ready to face France on Sunday after coming through a training session on Wednesday that was described as having 'a competitive edge'.

Gatland set to have fully-fit squad for World Cup clash with Australia

CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Head Coach Warren Gatland of Wales prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Wales and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on October 1, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Wales head coach Warren Gatland is likely to have a full squad to select from for Saturday's World Cup Pool A decider against Australia at Twickenham.


LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18:  A general view during the opening ceremony ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on September 18, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The 2015 Rugby World Cup is underway and the long road to glory and the battle for the Webb Ellis Trophy has begun. Keep up with the latest standings from the pool stages.

INTERACTIVE GUIDE: Everything you need to know about Rugby World Cup


With the Rugby World Cup upon us, Sportsmail has produced the ultimate guide to the tournament. Everything you need to know is here, from the fixtures to the ball to the stadiums.

Relaxed Ronaldo ready to fire Portugal to Euros as he warms up for must-win games

Cristiano Ronaldo trains in Braga as he prepares to lead Portugal side to Euro 2016 

Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to get back to his best form and fire Portugal to the European Championships next summer, when his nation takes on Denmark on Thursday night. Ronaldo has not scored for his country since June, and has also been suffering something of a goal drought in La Liga, where he has only managed to find the net in one game.

Irish skipper Robbie Keane responds to Roy's breastfeeding jibe after wife has baby boy: 'He's got bigger t**s than me!'

Robbie Keane responds to breastfeeding jibe: 'Roy's used to it, he's got bigger t**s than

Robbie Keane has delivered a cutting put-down to Republic of Ireland assistant Roy Keane after he said the captain could only miss the Euro qualifier against Germany if he was breastfeeding.  Keane is preparing for his country's Euro 2016 qualifying clash but arrived in Dublin later than expected after his wife Claudine gave birth to the couple's second son in America earlier this week.

Shaw hits the streets of Manchester as defender steps up recovery from horrific leg break

Luke Shaw hits the streets of Manchester as defender continues leg break recovery

Luke Shaw has been spotted out on the streets of Manchester as he continues his recovery from the horrific leg break he suffered while on Champions League duty.

Ronaldo will retire at Real Madrid, says former boss Ancelotti

MALMO, SWEDEN - SEPTEMBER 30: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Malm? FF and Real Madrid CF at Swedbank Stadion on September 30, 2015 in Malmo, Sweden.  (Photo by Antonio Villalba/Real Madrid via Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo will play out his career at Real Madrid despite interest from some of the world's other top clubs, says the Portuguese superstar's former manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Ban bosses who mess with medics during matches, demands Rabbatts

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12:  Chair of The FA's Inclusion Advisory Board and consultant to the FIFA Task Force against Racism and Discrimination Heather Rabbatts speaks during the launch of FIFA Anti-Discrimination Monitoring System at Wembley Stadium on May 12, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Tom Dulat - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Heather Rabbatts has called upon the Football Association to make it a disciplinary offence if managers interfere with medical staff and the referee during matches

Depay shrugs off criticism after slow start to Manchester United career

epa04964393 Dutch national soccer team player Memphis Depay arrives at Hotel Huis ter Duin in Noordwijk, Netherlands, 05 October 2015. The Netherlands will face Kazakhstan on 10 October 2015 and the Czech Republic on 13 October 2015 in their upcoming UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying soccer matches.  EPA/KOEN VAN WEEL

Manchester United forward Memphis Depay insists he takes no notice of the criticism aimed at him following his slow start to life at Old Trafford.

Hazard getting dropped by Chelsea is a 'silver lining' for Belgium... while De Bruyne gets No 10 role for qualifiers

Eden Hazard's father claims that his son being dropped by Chelsea will come to benefit Belgium at next year's European Championships. Hazard did not start in Chelsea's 2-1 upset by Porto.

Messi challenges Aguero to stop being chicken and put on iconic No 10

Argentina's footballers (L-R) defender Nicolas Otamendi, forward Sergio Aguero and defender Martin Demichelis arrive for a training session in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires, on October 5, 2015 ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifier football match against Ecuador to be held in Buenos Aires on October 8.    AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATAJUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi has challenged Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero to prove he's not chicken in Argentina's upcoming World Cup qualifying campaign.

Diaby denied Marseille debut as they play it careful with ex-Arsenal crock

Abou Diaby is not yet ready to make his first appearance for Marseille as he seeks full fitness. OM hoped the injury-plagued former Arsenal midfielder could feature in a friendly against Nimes.

'It's a bit random': Luongo thought Ballon d'Or nomination was a joke

QPR midfielder Massimo Luongo admits he thought it was a joke after being named on the leaked 59-man list of this year's Ballon d'Or nominees along with the likes of Lionel Messi.

La Liga president plays down fears that Barca could be kicked out if Catalonia gains independence

SEVILLE, SPAIN - OCTOBER 03: FC Barcelona line up prior to start the La Liga match between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on October 3, 2015 in Seville, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

La Liga President Javier Tebas has allayed fears that Barcelona could be kicked out of the Spanish top flight. Debate has raged in Spain whether to secede Catalonia from Spanish control.

Ready to go mad at Anfield? Watch Klopp's 10 best celebrations from time in Germany

Jurgen Klopp's 10 best celebrations: Liverpool fans are hoping to see plenty of the

If Liverpool fans had grown tired of Brendan Rodgers' composed clenched fist celebration, they're in for a treat should Jurgen Klopp end up in the Anfield dugout. The former Dortmund manager is not one to mask his emotions and is certainly prone to galloping down the touchline once or twice a season.

Unknown 17-year-old (who was born on the day England lost to Argentina in 1998) fills in for missing Rooney at training

England stars gear up for Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia... and are joined at

Wayne Rooney was absent from England training at St George's Park on Wednesday casting further doubt over his involvement against Estonia on Friday but England Under 17 international Tom Davies was invited to take part.

Former Blackburn defender Givet hits out at French side Evian for making him cut 'jihadist' beard 

Gael Givet hits out at Evian for making him shave lengthy 'jihadist' beard 

Former Premier League defender Gael Givet has revealed he left Ligue 2 outfit Evian after just one game as the club 'took him for a jihadist' due to his lengthy beard.

Van Gaal will tell you when you're bad... but he'll give you a kiss and a hug too, says Mata

epa04965754 Spanish National soccer team's player Juan Mata arrives to a training session at Las Rozas sports city in the outside of Madrid, Spain, 06 october 2015. Spain will face Luxembourg on 09 October and Ukranie on 12 October in their upcoming UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying soccer matches.  EPA/VICTOR LERENA

Manchester United's Juan Mata has paid tribute to the honesty of coach Louis van Gaal and talked up the limitless potential of new signing Anthony Martial.

Scotland captain Brown insists squad confidence is high before Poland clash

Skipper Scott Brown insists Scotland are in fine fettle ahead of their crunch Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland at Hampden Park. There are two Group D fixtures remaining.

Doncaster want Clark to become their next manager after lengthy search

Doncaster Rovers want Lee Clark to become their next manager. The League One club have been without a boss since the sacking of Paul Dickov last month and have undergone a long process.

West Ham tried to buy Olympic Stadium outright until Spurs and Orient forced us to rent, insists Gold 

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David Gold insists that West Ham initially tried to buy the Olympic Stadium outright - and blames Tottenham and Leyton Orient for forcing the government to agree to rent it out instead. 

El Shaarawy has 'found serenity at Monaco' following his loan move

epa04967191 Italy soccer national team's forward Stephan El Shaarawy speaks during the press conference at the federal training center of Coverciano (Florence), 07 October 2015.  EPA/MAURIZIO DEGL' INNOCENTI

Stephan El Shaarawy has revealed he has 'found serenity at Monaco' after a bright start to his initial season-long loan spell in France led to an Italy recall.

Walsall confirm Rotherham approach for manager Smith has been rejected


Walsall have rejected an approach from Rotherham to speak to manager Dean Smith about their vacant manager's role. The League One side confirmed the 'approach was categorically rejected'.

Alligator spotted on Rio 2016 golf course as preparations step up for Olympics

Alligator spotted on Rio 2016 golf course as preparations step up for the Olympics

The term water hazard could take on new meaning for the world's top golfers in Rio next summer as video emerged of a huge alligator stalking the edge of the newly built Olympic course. Neil Cleverly, superintendent of the controversial course, promised a 'very tough test' for players competing in the first Olympic golf tournament for more than 100 years. But he was presumably not referring to the potentially dangerous creatures lurking in the lakes on and around the course.

From Paris catwalk with Sharapova to
Moscow on a segway with a supermodel... it's just another day in life of Hamilton!

Lewis Hamilton continues his jet-setting ways after leaving Paris for Moscow to shoot with

A day after being spotted at Paris Fashion Week, Lewis Hamilton jetted across Europe to Moscow to shoot with Hugo Boss ahead of the Russian Grand Prix.

Pacquiao hints at retirement after his next fight... but 'cannot say' whether Mayweather rematch will happen

Eight-division world champion Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao attends a news conference ahead of his upcoming bout with five-division world boxing champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather (not seen), in Los Angeles, California in this March 11, 2015 file photo. Philippine boxing world champion and congressman Pacquiao has announced October 6, 2015 he will take up a new challenge by running for a Senate seat in national elections next year.   REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files

Manny Pacquiao, a winner of world titles in eight different weight categories, said he is likely to retire from the sport after one more fight next year.

NFL commits to international games until 2025 with Mexico expected to be added as destination for 2016 season

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04:  A general view during the annual NFL International Series as the New York Jets compete against the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium on October 4, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

The NFL will continue to host regular season games outside of America for the next decade, with nations other than England to benefit from the agreement.

Day warns another dismal showing at Presidents Cup could turn players away after years of US dominance

International team captain Nick Price and world No 2 Jason Day admit it is vital for his side to win the Presidents Cup to maintain interest in the biennial contest, both from fans and his own players.

Robin Goodfellow's Racing Tips: All the best bets for Thursday, October 8

Rocket Ronnie ridden by Graham Lee (centre right) before winning the 10 Free At 32Red.com Handicap at Nottingham Racecourse

Top tipster Robin Goodfellow (Sam Turner) gives his guides to the hottest selections from Thursday's races at Ayr, Worcester, Chelmsford City and Exeter.

Emotionless ready to face Air Force Blue in Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket

Air Force Blue ridden by Joseph O'Brien wins The Keeneland Phoenix Stakes during the Keeneland Family Raceday meeting at The Curragh Racecourse, Kildare. Picture date: Sunday August 9, 2015. See PA story RACING Curragh. Photo credit should read Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Air Force Blue and Emotionless go head-to-head in Saturday's Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket with the winner destined to be crowned Europe's champion two-year-old.

As Mourinho promises to put Loftus-Cheek in the team for next match, what happened to Chelsea's hotly-tipped academy stars?

Chelsea news: Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek end up like previous forgotten rising stars?

Jose Mourinho has promised Ruben Loftus-Cheek an extended run of appearances in the Chelsea first-team as he tries to turn around their miserable start to the season. The 19-year-old midfielder has done well in the handful of senior matches played so far and now Mourinho wants him to stake a proper claim for a place.

GEORGE GROVES: I was so stressed after losing to Froch but a friend got me help... it was good to talk about my issues

GEORGE GROVES: I was so stressed after losing to Carl Froch but a friend got me help... it

MATT LAWTON EXCLUSIVE: Inside the home of George Groves, the only resident who appears to be a boxer has four legs and a deep, booming bark. There is nothing that points to the profession of the dog's master. No trophies. Not so much as a photograph in this tastefully decorated period London house. 'Anything to do with boxing is shipped straight off to my gym,' says Groves as he eats breakfast at his kitchen table. 'My belts and trophies I've always given to my dad.'

Forget Ronaldo and Bale... Real Madrid need a Makelele if they are to win the Champions League 

ROB DRAPER'S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE COLUMN: Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo stoles the headlines during the Galactico era but it's Claude Makelele who deserved the credit.

So what's next for Rodgers? After Liverpool sacking, he could go to Sunderland, Villa... or even England

MIKE KEEGAN: So what now for Brendan Rodgers? Sunderland, Aston Villa and Newcastle are possibilities, but England beckons if Roy Hodgson fails again at Euro 2016.