South Africa’s Jesse Kriel celebrates victory during the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and South Africa at Westpac Stadium in Wellington in September of 2018. Photo: AFP
Josh Ball
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Josh Ball

Rugby World Cup 2019: lose opener at your peril as New Zealand and South Africa hope to stay on right side of history

  • The two heavyweights duke it out on Saturday, knowing that past tournaments have been unkind to opening-game losers
  • The game between the two favourites could tell us a lot about how the rest of the tournament may play out

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South Africa’s Jesse Kriel celebrates victory during the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and South Africa at Westpac Stadium in Wellington in September of 2018. Photo: AFP
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England’s Jonny Wilkinson was a huge point-scorer at the Rugby World Cup. Photo: AFP

Rugby World Cup 2019: who will be top points scorer in Japan? Owen Farrell, Beauden Barrett and Johnny Sexton expected to challenge

  • Can anyone match Simon Culhane’s 45 points in a single match, a record set in All Blacks’ 1995 World Cup win over Japan
  • Place kickers for tournament favourites expected to challenge 2015 winner Nicolas Sanchez
Topic |   Rugby World Cup

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England’s Jonny Wilkinson was a huge point-scorer at the Rugby World Cup. Photo: AFP
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