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Vermeulen surprise add to South Africa

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) Jean de Villiers will captain South Africa at the Rugby World Cup despite fracturing his jaw in a test three weeks ago. (MORE)

Burgess picked in England Cup squad

(AP) -- Nine months after playing his first game of rugby union, Sam Burgess completed a remarkable rise to England's squad for the Rugby World Cup on Thursday in the most divisive selection by coach Stuart Lancaster. (MORE)

Pocock, Beale extend deals ahead of Cup

SYDNEY (AP) Flanker David Pocock and utility back Kurtley Beale, both members of Australia's 31-man Rugby World Cup squad, have extended their contracts with the Australian Rugby Union. (MORE)

North back after head injuries

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) Wales winger George North will return after five months out following a series of head injuries when he starts a Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Ireland on Saturday. (MORE)

Slater signs 2-year deal with Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Australia test fullback Billy Slater is set to join skipper Cameron Smith in playing out their National Rugby League careers with the Melbourne Storm after signing a new two-year deal on Thursday. (MORE)

Smith re-signs with New Zealand Rugby

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Scrumhalf Aaron Smith has re-signed with New Zealand Rugby for the next four years, joining a group of younger players who will carry the All Blacks forward when senior players retire after this year's World Cup. (MORE)

Wallabies to train at Notre Dame

SYDNEY (AP) Australia will use the University of Notre Dame as a training base ahead of the Rugby World Cup. (MORE)

Springbok's Smit out of Autumn series

JOHANNESBURG (AP) Captain John Smit will miss South Africa's end-of-season Grand Slam rugby tour to Britain and Ireland after undergoing a back operation. (MORE)

Elsom confident ahead of Hong Kong test

HONG KONG (AP) Australia may have lost 10 straight matches to New Zealand to break a 63-year record, but captain Rocky Elsom still believes the All Blacks can be beaten in their final Bledisloe Cup game of the season next month. (MORE)

Mai out of Samoa's sevens squad

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Uale Mai has withdrawn from Samoa's rugby sevens squad for next month's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi to take up a playing contract in Spain. (MORE)