The back-to-back world champion All Blacks fended off everything a turbocharged Cheslin Kolbe and the Springboks could throw at them, powering to an opening victory at times prosaic in style - but every inch foreboding for their foes. Rassie Erasmus' Springboks tore into New Zealand from the off, appeared to have punched themselves out after 20 minutes, then rose from the canvas for another flurry of combinations after the break.
Will he take the punt on Quade Cooper, who has been pretty good in the Super Rugby this season? The Wallabies will be hopeful they can advance through to the quarter-finals, and you can catch the Wallabies Free to Air in Australia.
Steve Hansen took things easy in the Rugby Championship and ultimately failed to get the silverware as a result, but the side showed what they are capable of in their most recent outing against the Wallabies, which they won to retain the Bledisloe Cup for the 17th successive time.
England Lions England head into the Rugby World Cup as the third ranked side in the world, and will certainly be expecting to go deep into the tournament.
The Lions finished second to Wales in the Six Nations earlier this year but boasted by far the best points differential, but a testament to their issues was a loss to Scotland after they led the game Wales Dragons Wales heads into the event as arguably the form team in the world, having won 14 consecutive Tests and secured their first Six Nations title since with an undefeated tournament earlier in the year.
Their defence, combined with their overall physical strength makes the Dragons a force to be reckoned with, and having never finished higher than third at the World Cup, the Wales rugby team will have high hopes of making their first ever final in Japan.
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