Thge French had hoped to face Fiji in the last eight but a 22-6 defeat to Samoa means they will meet the hosts for a place in the semi-finals
Rob Burrow demonstrated at the weekend that a role has to be found for him in the latter stages of the tournament, as England look to progress beyond the quarter-finals.
Wales have called up four players to train with the national squad following their 24-15 defeat to South Africa. The Scarlets props Samson Lee and Rhodri Jones, plus Newport-Gwent Dragons backs Hallam Amos and Tom Prydie will provide cover after the 2013 Six Nations champions lost a quartet of players to injury by half-time.
The former Wigan Warriors full-back, who has announced he has joined NRL side New Zealand Warriors, believes this is the most talented England squad he has been a part of
Leicester star to play in less familiar No 12 role as support grows for Jonny Wilkinson call-up
There are now 22 confirmed players in a strong squad
England will play three of their pool matches at Twickenham
The Welsh thrashed England to claim title in Cardiff
Scarlets player out for the rest of the season
Gatland plays down effect on World Cup hopes should his side lose to Australia
All Blacks' talismanic fly-half out with ankle injury as coach Gatland returns to lead Dragons
The last two results have not been good enough and the pressure is growing
I cannot remember leaving the pitch at the Millennium Stadium last weekend but I can't wait to get back on it tonight. There is a desperation across the team to get out there again and right the wrongs of the Argentina game – we owe the Welsh public a drastic improvement.
In-form Ospreys flanker to start against Samoa as Wales opt to rest Lions' potential next captain
Warburton, Wales' World Cup leader in New Zealand last autumn and a Grand Slam-winning Six Nations skipper, is on the bench
Wales were still suffering yesterday from the damage caused in their opening autumn series encounter against Argentina in Cardiff. Three days on from the blow of the 26-12 defeat inflicted by Santiago Phelan's Pumas, the 2012 Six Nations Grand Slammers were hit by the withdrawal of lock Alun Wyn Jones and flanker Josh Turnbull from their three remaining fixtures at the Millennium Stadium: against Samoa on Friday, the All Blacks on 24 November and Australia on 1 December.