Phil Gifford provides a quick guide to things that will happen before, and during, the World Cup in Japan. Some of them good, some of them silly, and some of them disquieting.

The selection announcement will be civilised

On Wednesday at Eden Park, when New Zealand Rugby's chairman, Brent Impey, reads out the names of the 31 players in the All Black squad, the players from the larger squad that have been cut will have already got a phone call from All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.

It hasn't always been so humane. The nadir in announcements was plumbed before the

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