Alastair Eykyn

Carter the unstoppable points machine (59)

Cardiff - We were left in no doubt as to the identity of the World Cup’s biggest star today. The peace and tranquillity of the Vale of Glamorgan country club was shattered by the sound of journalists on the hoof.

A sound not too dissimilar to the migration of the wildebeest across the plains of East Africa. A thunderous stomping from one end of the designated interview room to the other.

The reason? One spiky-haired, fresh-faced, mild-mannered, extravagantly talented fly-half. There’s only one Dan Carter.

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Mark Orlovac

Cruel blow for unlucky Farrell (133)

Paris - Just a day after learning he would get a shot at redemption, Andy Farrell has been ruled out of Saturday’s quarter-final clash with Australia.

The Saracens centre has suffered a catalogue of injuries since his switch from rugby league in 2005 and now he has another to add to the list.

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Ben Dirs

A toast to William Webb Ellis (26)

Menton, Cote d'Azur - I have to be honest, I’m not really into visiting graves. As my nan used to say, you’re a long time toes-up - what’s the point in hanging about with dead people while you’re still alive?

But I made an exception for William Webb Ellis, the man often credited with inventing rugby union and without whom this magnificent trip of ours may never have happened.

The Webbler lies in the Cimetiere du Vieux Chateau in Menton, a resort nestled between Monaco and the Italian border.

The former pupil of Rugby School spent the last six months of his life trying to recover from TB in the dry Mediterranean air, although, given some of the gradients in this town, he might have been better off in Holland.

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