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Poll: who will win the Rugby World Cup?

The tournament kicks off this morning in New Zealand. Which country will be celebrating in six weeks’ time?

Scotland's Nathan Hines during a team welcome at Te Rau Aroha Marae, Bluf yesterday.
Scotland's Nathan Hines during a team welcome at Te Rau Aroha Marae, Bluf yesterday.
Image: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

THE WORLD CUP will at last kick off this morning.

Host nation New Zealand take on Tonga in the tournament opener.

Tomorrow the likes of Scotland, Argentina, England and France get their bid for glory underway.

Sunday sees Australia take on Italy and Wales face champions South Africa.

Oh… Ireland also get going with a game against Eddie O’Sullivan’s US Eagles in New Plymouth.

We’ll liveblog that and every other game over the coming six weeks. But who will be celebrating at the end of it all?


Poll Results:

All Blacks (324)
Australia (218)
Ireland (191)
South Africa (58)
France (49)
Who cares? (39)
England (24)
Scotland (8)
Wales (3)
Argentina (2)










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