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England sense glory, but risk ignominy

LONDON - If their pack delivers its trademark power, the backs continue to deliver a new-found creative spark and they kick their goals, England have every chance of surfing the Twickenham wave all the way to World Cup glory.

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New Zealand seek first away triumph for hat-trick

LONDON - The relatively short history of the Rugby World Cup is so littered with surprises that, even though there are only a handful of teams in with a realistic chance of winning it, picking the champions from among them is the roll of a dice.

4:15am BST

Springboks rely on old heads in search of third title

CAPE TOWN - South Africa will rely on players who have seen it all before as they bid to become the most successful nation in rugby World Cup history at this year's tournament.

4:04am BST

Wallabies bank on the 'Cheik-effect' for World Cup success

SYDNEY - Australia have undergone quite a revival since Michael Cheika took the reins last year but it remains to be seen if 10 months is really enough time to put together a Wallabies side capable of delivering a third World Cup.

Australia 3:56am BST

Wales braced for dogfight with England and Australia

LONDON - Ever since the Rugby World Cup draw in late 2012 Wales have been scratching their heads as to how they ended up in the same pool as heavyweights England and Australia.

Australia 3:26am BST

Scotland need consistency to mix it with the best

LONDON - Scotland have made significant progress in the past year but must find greater consistency to make an impact at the World Cup, according to former fullback Hugo Southwell.

4:11am BST

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