Australian outside back Jack Maddocks is trying hard not to think about wearing the Wallabies jersey at the upcoming World Cup but it is getting more difficult every time he crosses the try-line for the Melbourne Rebels.
Wales may seem Europe’s best hope of World Cup glory in Japan this year after winning the Six Nations with a Grand Slam, but injuries could yet play a part by the time the tournament starts in September.
Injury deprived him of what looked like a last chance at World Cup glory last year, but Dani Alves is now spurred on by the dream of lifting the trophy with Brazil in Qatar in 2022.
South African leg-spinner, Imran Tahir, will retire from One-Day International cricket after this year’s World Cup in England but will still be available for the Proteas in the T20 format.
They missed out on the men’s World Cup in Russia last year, but the good news for fans in countries from Italy to China and Scotland is that they will be present at the women’s tournament in France in June and July.