We’re inching closer to the final – here’s everything that’s been going on with the rugby today.
Quote of the day
“I think New Zealand will make it home in less than five points. It will be close.” – Japan coach and former Australia boss Eddie Jones gives his verdict on Saturday’s World Cup final between the All Blacks and Wallabies.
Tweet of the day
Very sad to see @FelixJones15 having to retire – the ultimate professional who was very much respected by his fellow professionals!
— Rob Kearney (@KearneyRob) October 28, 2015
Ireland’s World Cup full-back Rob Kearney reflects on the injury-enforced retirement of his former international colleague Felix Jones.
Moan of the day
Here’s hoping that the World Cup final will not become bogged down as a nerve-riddled affair, which was the case in New Zealand four years ago and in France 2007. Stakes are enormous, but the All Blacks and Australia are two great teams who deserve to thrive on rugby union’s biggest stage.
Stat of the day
Saturday’s final will be the 155th meeting between New Zealand and Australia. New Zealand lead the series 105-42, with seven draws.
What to look out for tomorrow
Huge day in the build-up to Saturday’s final as New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen and his Australia counterpart Michael Cheika announce their teams. Hansen will be first out of the traps around midday in Bagshot, with Cheika following at Teddington a few hours later.