The big news from the England camp is the injury Jonny Wilkinson picked up in training yesterday, which will rule him out of the opening match against USA on Saturday, at a minimum. (RTE.) Mick Cleary in the Telegraph reports that a scan will be done on Wilko’s ankle this morning, and if it shows ligament damage or a hairline fracture, Jonny’s tournament will be over before it even got a chance to start.
There are several interviews with key Irish figures in the media today. Peter Stringer is interviewed in the Irish Independent, as is Neil Best. Choice quote from that was his take on why he won Man of the Match in the Italy game in Ravenhill – one of the BBC commentators, Ryan Constable, is his agent, and he made the choice.
Also on the IRFU site is a round-up of squad news, including an explanation why Alan Quinlan is nicknamed “Bertie”, and what happened when he met the real Bertie.
Planet Rugby reports on the South Africans’ arrival in France, and how “BMT” is so important to them. No not a Bacon, Mozzarella and Tomato sandwich, but Big Match Temperament.
The Beeb reports on All Black lock Keith Robinson’s injury woes, while the Telegraph has a piece on the victorious 1999 Wallaby captain, John Eales and how his team-mates coined his nickname – “Nobody.”