Ireland must conquer the "step-up in psychological pressure" to become genuine World Cup contenders, according to Shane Horgan.
Toulon have announced the signing of Australia star Quade Cooper.
In an announcement on the official club website, Toulon said that 27-year-old Cooper had agreed a two-year deal and will move to France this summer.
In one brief but groundbreaking announcement from the Australian Rugby Union on Wednesday, George Smith, Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell were offered the hope of reviving their Wallabies careers in time for this year's World Cup.
Wayne Barnes and JP Doyle are the two English officials included among the 12 referees appointed for the 2015 World Cup.
Debbie Jevans, Chief Executive of England Rugby 2015, has resigned due to personal reasons.
Jevans said: “This is the right decision for me to make at this time. I am immensely proud of the team and all that we have achieved in the time that I have been Chief Executive.
"Everything is in place to ensure that this is the best Rugby World Cup ever, and I am confident my team will deliver an exceptional tournament. The organisation is strong, there is a great team in place and I am really looking forward to watching the Rugby World Cup as a fan later this year.”
The England Rugby 2015 Executive team will now report to Stephen Brown as the new Managing Director, working alongside ER2015 Chairman Andy Cosslett and the England Rugby 2015 Board to oversee the final stage of successful delivery of the tournament.
Wales' head of physical performance Adam Beard is to leave his post for a new job in the NFL.
ITV will reunite a number of England's 2003 World Cup-winning heroes as part of their broadcasting line-up for this year's tournament.
Full-back Ben Foden expects to recover in time from his knee ligament injury to play a part in the World Cup, but knows he needs to oust the incumbent players in the squad.
Foden believes he is now behind Mike Brown and Alex Goode in the pecking order, and with coach Stuart Lancaster expecting to call-up only two full-backs to the final squad, the Northampton Saints man knows he faces an uphill struggle to prove he is worthy of a place.