South Africa is expected to top pool B with ease but will be slightly cautious of Scotland, which is the only nation in this pool to have beaten them in a test match. 20-year-old fly-half Handre Pollard is SA’s most exciting prodigy and will look to amaze with his running style of rugby. Victor Matfield also continues to prove that age is just a number as he continues to set the pace as one of the best locks in world rugby. Samoa is currently ranked ninth in world rugby and their physicality will definitely annoy opposition teams. Japan will be boosted by 21-year-old wing wizard Yoshikazu Fujita, who has scored 12 tries in nine games as they look to avoid the wooden spoon.

New Zealand enters the world cup as the favourite to not only top pool C but to win the competition. All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will look to end off his career with another world cup trophy at next year’s event. Argentina are the surprise package of the tournament. Led by Augustin Creevy, young winger Manuel Montero will also look to make his presence felt.

France and Ireland will contest for the top spot in pool D as the two prominent teams in this group. France captain Thierry Dusautoir will look to reignite the French side into the same one that conquered New Zealand in the 2007 world cup quarter-finals. Ireland, under the leadership of Paul O’Connell, will look to rectify their previous shortcomings. Italy number eight Sergio Parisse is the only glimmer of hope in a struggling Italian outfit.

England will kick off the tournament when they clash against Fiji at Twickenham on 18 September 2015. They will not be feeling disillusioned about their title credentials at home as it is well documented that only two nations have ever won the title on home soil.

The next nation to have their name etched on the Webb Ellis Cup will be revealed come 31 October 2015

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