Sport Gary Gold claimed he left Bath this week on good terms

Bath have sought to clarify the circumstances of Gary Gold’s departure as director of rugby by stating his removal followed a disagreement over his role.

Quade Cooper was at his mercurial best for Australia against Wales in Cardiff

Quade Cooper and Aussies show World Cup class in abundance

It remains nothing more than a dot on the rugby horizon – the 2015 World Cup, that is – and pretty much anything could happen in the 664 days between here and there. The club-versus-union conflict could send the whole of the European game into meltdown (perfectly possible); New Zealand could hit a bad patch (it has to happen sometime, surely); the Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie could decide that his predecessor was right all along and chuck Quade Cooper out on his ear (barely conceivable on latest evidence, admittedly).

Rugby World Cup 2015: Progressive tickets but some nightmarish late kick-off times

Some tickets for the major pool games, including those featuring England, will set you back 41 times the current living wage rate. How on earth will Prince Harry afford it?

Duncan Weir is set to become the third player to wear Scotland's No 10 shirt in four games

Scott Johnson eyes up Duncan Weir in the hunt for Scotland’s top 10

The ever-entertaining Scott Johnson, holding Scotland’s coaching reins until Vern Cotter arrives next summer, was talking about Nessie yesterday.

JP Pietersen of South Africa charges upfield in the 28-0 victory over Scotland

Scotland 0 South Africa 28: Springboks find it all too easy on Gray day for outclassed Scotland

The loudest cheer at the home of Caledonian rugby on Sunday came when Scotland exchanged one shade of Gray for another: when Jonny Gray emerged from the bench to replace his brother Richie, thus becoming his country’s first teenage forward for 62 years. That apart, the afternoon was one long anti-climax for the home crowd. And for Scotland.

The Wales prop Adam Jones is struggling to be fit for a game against Argentina

Round-Up: Wales add four players to squad after defeat

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.

South Africa celebrate a try as George North of Wales looks dejected

Wales 15 South Africa 24 match report: Wales fail once again to beat South Africa

Warren Gatland's team lose four players to injury before half-time as South Africa prove too strong

Eli Walker has been ruled out of Wales' match against South Africa through a hamstring injury

Wales v South Africa: Wing Eli Walker robbed of debut after hamstring injury rules his out of Springboks clash

The Ospreys winger had been named in the starting XV for Saturday's match at the Millennium Stadium but he picked up a hamstring injury in training

Sam Warburton will lead out Wales against South Africa on Saturday

Sam Warburton ready to reclaim Wales captaincy and admits 'I wanted it back big time'

The successful British and Irish Lions skipper will lead out the Welsh when they take on South Africa on Saturday at the Millennium Stadium

Distraught Wales captain Sam Warburton reacts after receiving a straight red card for a dengerous tackle on Vincent Clerc of France during semi final one of the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup between Wales and France at Eden Park on October 15, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Wales v South Africa: Sam Warburton denies having issue with referee Alain Rolland

Rolland sent off the Wales captain in the 2011 World Cup semi-final

Kieran Read of New Zealand powers past Willem Alberts of South Africa

South Africa 27 New Zealand 38 match report: All Blacks claim title after victory in a candidate for the greatest match of all-time

Lead changed hands on multiple occasion before the Kiwis put their foot down to clinch Rugby Championship glory

Jake White (left) rejected the pleas of Ben Mowen (right) to stay at Brumbies

Wallabies face nightmare scenario of further decline and World Cup woe

Jake White's exit from Brumbies and recent heavy defeats hint at troubles Down Under

Israel Folau touches down for a try for Australia against Argentina

Australia 14 Argentina 13 match report: Israel Folau try breaks Wallabies' four-game losing streak and lifts them off bottom of the table

Puma fight-back not enough as they fall just short in their search for a first win in the Rugby Championship

Bismarck du Plessis was given a yellow card for this high tackle on Dan Carter that left him with a dislocated shoulder

New Zealand 29 South Africa 15 match report: Bismarck du Plessis dismissed as Dan Carter suffers dislocated shoulder

Springbok hooker is sent-off for a second yellow card after high tackle on Carter could rule him out for the rest of the tournament

Jamie George may be a future England hooker

London Irish 20 Saracens 42 match report: Saracens inspired by Jamie George as the Irish struggle begins

There are those who think that these two teams will finish the Aviva Premiership at opposite ends of the table, and yesterday at a sun-dappled Twickenham may have confirmed that. Saracens eased away without playing particularly well, though they had to wait until the final move of the match before securing the bonus-point try.

Juan Martin Hernandez and Bryan Habana

South Africa blow away Argentina with nine-try 73-13 victory

Springboks romp home to staggering win to get their Rugby Championship campaign off to a winning start

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