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Joe Schmidt may not yet have shown his hand at this World Cup

Ferrie Files: And Another Thing - Ireland surely have more to offer

The explosive Wesley Fofana in full flight - one of several reasons France can never be discounted

France in tournament mode beginning to look as dangerous as ever

Dan Lydiate may have more cause for concern than the eye injury he suffered last week

Ferrie Files: Good Day for red carded Uruguayan Ormachea; Bad Day for Dan Lydiate

Finn Russell is back in the Scotland team to play Samoa. Picture: PA

Confident Cotter makes seven changes

Richie Gray in training at St James' Park. Picture: PA

Reluctant hero Gray expects tough slog against Samoa

Finn Russell has recovered from the ankle injury that ruled him out of Scotland's game against South Africa. Picture: PA

Russell and Hardie return for Samoa match

Kahn Fotuali'i will captain Samoa against Scotland. Picture: Getty

Samoa coach claims Pacific nations have been picked on

'We haven't come close to peaking as a set of players' - Seymour on Scotland

'We haven't come close to peaking as a set of players' - Seymour on Scotland

This World Cup is teaching us why rugby’s little fish need to be in big pools

This World Cup is teaching us why rugby’s little fish need to be in big pools

Fiji's rugby players brought so much to the World Cup but took away so little

Ferrie Files: Failure of South Sea Islanders to gain automatic qualification raises questions for administrators

Lasha Malaguradze claims Georgia's second try to nudge them towards victory over Namibia

Ferrie Files: Scouting Report - Springboks look menacing as Georgia earn place in Japan

James Haskell limbering up for a more meaningful scrap than any he might have on Twitter with former players

Ferrie Files: And Another Thing - England's critics find more ammunition

Ma'a Nonu - poised to join All Black Cap 100 Club

Ferrie Files: Good Day for Nonu; Bad Day for McCaw

Bryan Habana dives over for the second of his three tries for South Africa against the USA. Picture: Getty

Springboks wrap up pool with demolition of USA

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: The Pisi brothers with George, Ken and Tusi look on during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Samoa at Villa Park on September 26, 2015 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Laurence Grif

'This is the people's team' say Samoa's band of brothers . . .

Alesana Tuilagi of Samoa passes under pressure from the Japanese defence. Picture: PA

Samoan star suspended for Scotland match

Nemani Nadolo scored 17 points in Fiji's overdue World Cup win

Ferrie Files: Scouting Report - Romania comeback shocks Canada in pulsating clash before Fiji claim an overdue win

Henry Slade - along with Danny Care, Jack Nowell and Alex Goode one of a quartet of players set to make their first World Cup appearances on Saturday

Ferrie Files: And Another Thing - Lancaster cannot now win, but he is giving a few more of his players the chance to do so

A good crowd turned out at Leicester City Stadium to watch Romania beat Canada

Ferrie Files: Talking Point - Huge backing for tournament minnows the mark of World Cup's success

Nathan Hines has an increasingly influential role to play as one of Scotland's assistant coaches. Picture: SNS

Hines insists Samoans still have a lot to play for

Kevin Bryce (centre) and some Scotland team-mates take a break during training in Newcastle yesterday. Picture: PA

Confrontation the key to stopping Samoa, says Bryce

Michael Hooper, the Wallaby flanker who will miss his team's Pool A decider with Wales through suspension

Ferrie Files - Good Day for Sunwolves fans; Bad Day for Michael Hooper

Lynn Howells hopes to start paving the way for successor by guiding Romania to victory over Canada

Ferrie Files: Scouting Report - Ex-Edinburgh coach Howells' new contract demonstrates the expectation gap at Rugby World Cup

Andy Farrell fronts up as the post-mortem into England's World Cup exit goes into ever more detail

Ferrie Files: Talking Point - 'Blue Monday' offers latest evidence of need for more action packed schedule


Ferrie Files: And Another Thing - More problems for England management as they are accused of illicit approaches to officials

Ferrie Files: Good Day - For turning Japanese viewers on to rugby; Bad Day - for Aussie flanker Hooper

Samoa's Alesana Tuilagi (centre), Vavae Tuilagi (left) and Maurie Fa'asavalu troop off the pitch after losing to Japan. Picture: PA

Samoan legends hope pool games will end on a high

Mark Bennett was rested against South Africa but should be back in the Scotland team to face Samoa on Saturday. Picture: PA

No half-measures against Samoa, please, says Bennett

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Glasgow Warriors full-back Glenn Bryce wins player award ... and conquers his fear of lifts

Scotland U20 coach John Dalziel (40651809)

Melrose manager John Dalziel puzzled by EIGHT minutes added time in Stirling County game

Good Day for Wallaby scrummaging; Bad Day for Toon Army bid to recruit All Black reinforcements

Beaten, bowed, but perhaps not yet broken Stuart Lancaster should be given the chance to rebuild

Ferrie Files: Talking Point - Time will tell but given the chance Lancaster could yet be remembered as a great England coach

John Hardie makes a break during the pool B match between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm. He is hopeful of returning after concussion against Samoa. Picture: EPA

Hardie hopeful of returning but concussion protocols give Cotter a pre-Samoa headache

The Scottish defence tries to halt South Africa's Schalk Burger. Picture: PA

Scots in fine fettle for Samoa decider despite Springboks defeat

Keith Earls celebrates scoring the only try of the match as Ireland beat Italy in the Olympic Stadium

Ferrie Files: Scouting Report - well backed Irish grind their way into quarter-finals

Richie Gray during the South African national rugby training session at Gateshead. Picture: Getty

Scot in the Springbok camp hopes for perfect Group B ending

David Denton has his hands full with Schalk Burger in the brutal physical battle at St James' Park. Picture: PA

Battered and bruised Scotland plan to get physical with Samoa

Schalk Burger of South Africa is tackled by the South-African born WP Nel of Scotland at St James' Park. Picture: Getty

Scots second best as Boks bring out their Bigg hitters

History maker Stuart Lancaster, head coach of the first England team to fail to reach the World Cup knockout stages

Ferrie Files - Talking Point: The dangers of disrespecting the efforts of predecessors; David Sole's bid for an image change; and plaudits for Georgia

Duncan Weir celebrates after starting the break that led to Tommy Seymour's try for Scotland. Picture: PA

South Africa 34 Scotland 16: Boks go top of pool

Greig Laidlaw was sinbinned for this off-the-ball tackle on Bryan Habana. Picture: PA

South Africa 34 Scotland 16: Boks back on top after bruising battle

Greig Laidlaw in action against South Africa. Picture: Getty

Scotland still in the hunt despite Springboks loss

Richie and Jonny Gray are together in the second row for Scotland today. Picture: SNS

Stuart Bathgate’s Five-Minute Guide to South Africa v Scotland

Japan celebrate victory in the World Cup match at Stadium:MK, Milton Keynes. Photo: PA/Mike Egerton

Rugby World Cup: Samoa 5 Japan 26

And Another Thing

Bernard Foley flies in for his and Australia's second try at Twickenham

Foley inspired Wallabies kill off home hopes at the Rugby World Cup

Handre Pollard of South Africa attmempts to break through during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Scotland at St James' Park on October 3, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images). (4

South Africa were hard, fast, accurate and, above all, awesomely strong. Scotland didn't stand a chance

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Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons (40593997)

Edinburgh 20 Ospreys 9: Ring-rusty Edinburgh do enough

Former Wallaby turned TV pundit Michael Lynagh

Wallaby World Cup winner Lynagh torn by prospect of early English exit

The leadership and place-kicking accuracy of Greig Laidlaw could be vital for Scotland today. Picture: PA

Scotland set for greatest challenge yet

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