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The William Webb Ellis Trophy.
The William Webb Ellis Trophy.

Following a controversial 2011 campaign, where they were knocked out by Australia in the quarter-final stage, the Springboks have included new faces in their squad, including exciting backline players to boost their quest to claim an unprecedented third William Webb Ellis Trophy.

Host nation England, boosted by home turf advantage, will be vying for their second triumph – and, should they prevail, they’ll join Southern Hemisphere superpowers the Boks, New Zealand and Australia in the two-times winners’ category.

The All Blacks, who are defending champions, will be looking to do what no other team has done before – claim back-to-back titles.

Only four nations have won the biggest prize in world rugby since the tournament’s inception in 1987, when it was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The Boks, All Blacks and Wallabies have each lifted the trophy twice, with England breaking Southern Hemisphere dominance with their triumph in Australia in 2003.

Should either of the three southern giants win the trophy, they’ll step into somewhere no other nation has been.

Pool A

Australia

England

Wales

Fiji

Uruguay

Fixtures

September 18 – England vs Fiji

September 20 – Wales vs Uruguay

September 23 – Australia vs Fiji

September 26 – England vs Wales

September 27 – Australia vs Uruguay

October 1 – Wales vs Fiji

October 3 – England vs Australia

October 6 – Fiji vs Uruguay

October 10 – Australia vs Wales

October 10 – England vs Uruguay

Pool B

South Africa

Samoa

Scotland

Japan

United States

Fixtures

September 19 – South Africa vs Japan

September 20 – Samoa vs United States

September 23 – Scotland vs Japan

September 26 – South Africa vs Samoa

September 27 – Scotland vs United States

October 3 – Samoa vs Japan

October 3 – South Africa vs Scotland

October 7 – South Africa vs United States

October 10 – Samoa vs Scotland

October 11 – United States vs Japan

Pool C

New Zealand

Argentina

Tonga

Georgia

Namibia

Fixtures

September 19 – Tonga vs Georgia

September 20 – New Zealand vs Argentina

September 24 – New Zealand vs Namibia

September 25 – Argentina vs Georgia

September 29 – Tonga vs Namibia

October 2 – New Zealand vs Georgia

October 4 – Argentina vs Tonga

October 7 – Namibia vs Tonga

October 9 – New Zealand vs Tonga

October 11 – Argentina vs Namibia

Pool D

France

Ireland

Italy

Canada

Romania

Fixtures

September 19 – Ireland vs Canada

September 19 – France vs Italy

September 23 – France vs Romania

September 26 – Italy vs Canada

September 27 – Ireland vs Romania

October 1 – France vs Canada

October 4 – Ireland vs Italy

October 6 – Canada vs Romania

October 11 – Italy vs Romania

October 11 – France vs Ireland – @SabeloBoksburg

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