Russell Crowe backs England after Sam Burgess inclusion

Russell Crowe.

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Russell Crowe has backed England to compete for the Rugby World Cup after Stuart Lancaster named Sam Burgess in his final squad for the tournament.

The Gladiator star co-owns South Sydney Rabbitohs, the Australian rugby league team where Burgess made his name before switching codes with Bath.

Cipriani to miss out on World Cup squad

Cipriani looks set to miss out.

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England have omitted Danny Cipriani from their final Rugby World Cup squad, according to reports.

Press Association Sport says the Sale Sharks fly-half has been left out of England's 31-man World Cup squad.

The 27-year-old appears to have failed to make the cut despite an impressive try-scoring cameo in the 25-20 defeat by France in Paris on Saturday night.

Video: George North believes Wales can beat any team at the World Cup

George North.

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Wales International, George North, spoke to Land Rover this week about the frustrations of being injured, and why he's confident of World Cup progression in the group of death which also features England and Wales.

Winger believes Wales are capable of beating any team at the World Cup on their day and singled out the Australian game as more of a grudge match than England.

As part of the event, North visited a school kid during an assembly to deliver the good news that he has been chosen to walk out as a mascot during this autumn's tournament.