Jon Tuxworth Former ACT Brumbies coach Andy Friend is lapping up World Cup fever in Japan after their upset win over South Africa, describing it as the "self injection" the game needed.
Paul Cully Japan, and to a lesser extent Georgia, have buried the idea that the World Cup is that in name only.
After saying sorry to the nation's distraught rugby fans, South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer vowed to turn his team's fortunes around.
Peter FitzSimons This, my friends, was how rugby should be played.
Lucy Cormack As the Springboks prepared to leave South Africa for the Rugby World Cup earlier this month, the nation's sports minister bid them farewell with a somewhat ominous message.
Japan coach Eddie Jones checked the scoreboard to be sure his eyes were not playing tricks after his team pulled off the greatest shock in Rugby World Cup history.
Coach Eddie Jones on Monday named former Australian rugby league star utility back Craig Wing among a 31-strong Japan World Cup squad packed with imported talent for the tournament beginning next month.
The Waratahs have announced the signing of Japanese centre Kotaro Matsushima for the new Super Rugby Season.
Japan fullback Ayumu Goromaru scored six penalties to give his team a far from convincing 18-13 victory over Romania in the first test of their European tour on Friday.
Justin Chadwick Australia's hopes of having Nick Cummins available for next year's World Cup appear slim, with the 27-year-old's Japanese club continuing to play hard ball over a possible loan deal.
Alastair Himmer Tokyo: Japan's forward line put in a dynamic performance as rugby's Asian champions extended their record winning streak to 10 games with a nailbiting 26-23 victory over Italy on Saturday.
Japan remained unbeaten in the Pacific Nations Cup with a 37-29 victory over the United States on Saturday.