Georgia had a first-ever automatic slot in the 2019 Rugby World Cup within its grasp after holding on to beat Namibia 17-16 on Wednesday.
Fiji bowed out of the Rugby World Cup by overpowering a feisty Uruguay 47-15 in an action-packed Rugby World Cup match on Tuesday.
Let the post-mortems begin. Every Rugby World Cup host had reached at least the quarterfinals until England failed on Saturday when it lost to Australia 33-13 at Twickenham.
England, led by captain Chris Robshaw, entered an early day of World Cup reckoning on Saturday needing to beat Australia to avoid becoming the first hosts to fail to reach the knockout rounds.
France closed in on a Rugby World Cup quarterfinals spot after scoring five tries in a 41-18 win against Canada in their Pool D match on Thursday.
Ireland have never reached a Rugby World Cup semifinal but former captain Keith Wood believes they can win the trophy if they beat France in their final pool match.
Australia will not take on wounded World Cup hosts England on Saturday with revenge on their minds, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said.
Dan Biggar kicked Wales to a stunning 28-25 comeback victory over World Cup hosts England on Saturday as South Africa got their campaign back on course with an emphatic 46-6 triumph over Samoa.
Springbok skipper Jean de Villiers has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup after suffering a fracture to his jaw, an injury coach Heyneke Meyer described as a massive blow to the team.
Two Australian rugby league players were in intensive care on Tuesday after being rushed to hospital for taking too many painkillers, their South Sydney Rabbitohs club said.