Argentina have a habit of performing well at the World Cup, but can they reproduce their form of 2007?
They made the final in 2011 and after four years of mediocrity could the French be about to spring yet another World Cup surprise?
The Pacific Islanders can dazzle, but they are unlucky to be in the 'group of death' with England, Wales and Australia
Without a win this weekend, Louis van Gaal's record will match that of David Moyes when he was sacked
The hosts have World Cup pedigree... but Stuart Lancaster's inexperienced squad must be able to handle the weight of expectation
After the heartbreak of 2011, Warren Gatland's men will want to go one better - if they can get out of the group
Toronto festival launches Oscar contenders with films from Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore
The perennial underachievers finally have the chance to make their mark at the World Cup, after five quarter final exits
Can anyone stop the all-conquering All Blacks, as Richie McCaw aims to become the first man to captain two World Cup winning teams?
Wallabies look to be peaking at the right time - can Giteau, Folau and Mitchell inspire them to another victory?
The Scots have been at every World Cup but have only made the semi-finals once and failed to get out of their group last time
England's cricketers aim to carry on where they left off against New Zealand in one-day series against world champions Australia
Johnny Depp's gangster, Eddie Redmayne's Danish Girl, and Idris Elba's warlord among Venice highlights
UK viewers given first 'slow' glimpse of world's demise last night, but there is more action to come
Producers claim new adaptation of DH Lawrence novel 'almost porn', but there's no swearing or nudity
Premier League game of the week: can misfiring Gunners kick-start their season at St James' Park?
Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United could be in for some nasty surprises in the Champions League draw
Only one summer bank holiday remains to see us through until Christmas 2015
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England are crushed at The Oval but still celebrate Ashes series triumph as another Test fails to go the distance