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Kicked into touch: the Rugby World Cup rejects

World Cup hopefuls all around the globe no doubt had the date 22 August pencilled into their diaries months in advance. Monday was the deadline for head coaches of the twenty international sides featuring in the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand to announce their final 30-man squads for the tournament. Tough decisions had to be made and, inevitably, there were a number of winners and losers. Here we take a closer look at those players who didn’t make the final cut.

Change of alliance for Manu Tuilagi

Eight years ago, Manu Tuilagi sat at home cheering on Samoa as they threatened to pull off the biggest upset of the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

Assessment of England's World Cup squad

Martin Johnson has made his selection for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

New Zealand name World Cup squad

New Zealand coach Graham Henry has announced his 30-man squad for the Rugby World Cup with no place for quintet Sitiveni Sivivatu, Wyatt Crockett, Liam Messam, Jarrad Hoeata and Hosea Gear.

Chic with sheep: Auckland aghast at PR stunt for Rugby World Cup

It must have seemed like a good idea at the time, although to whom, and whether they were sober, is not clear: celebrate the Rugby World Cup by running a thousand sheep down Auckland's main street, accompanied by bikini-clad models on quad bikes.

Danny Care ruled out of World Cup for England

England scrum-half Danny Care has been ruled out of the Rugby Word Cup with a toe injury.

ITV vows to outstrip rivals' ad revenues

Despite the economic headwinds and tough comparison with last year's Football World Cup, ITV lifted advertising revenues in the first half, with the broadcaster adding it would outperform rivals during the rest of the year.

Premiership clubs concerned by running of RFU

High-ranking officials from the 12 Aviva Premiership clubs are ready to voice their concerns over the Rugby Football Union's ability to govern the game.

Mike Phillips returns to Wales squad

Mike Phillips' indefinite suspension from Wales squad duties has ended.

Wales international Mike Phillips suspended indefinitely

Scrum-half Mike Phillips has been suspended indefinitely from Wales squad duties, the WRU announced today.

Peter Bills: Rugby clubs in France are more important than the national team

<b>Talking Rugby...</b> The rugby world&rsquo;s first full 12 month season has just been completed. And it sets a precedent that ought to alarm top class players right around the world.

Scotland announce provisional World Cup squad

Four uncapped players have been named in Scotland head coach Andy Robinson's provisional squad for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

England will open Rugby World Cup in Dunedin

England will open their World Cup campaign in Dunedin after organisers today announced which venues will stage matches which had been due to be played in Christchurch.

Thomas Waldrom wants to represent England at World Cup

Leicester's New Zealand-born number eight Thomas Waldrom is targeting a place in England's Rugby World Cup squad after discovering his grandmother was born in this country.

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