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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

WIN the training jersey Dan Carter wore in adidas trick shots video

Last week we launched the Everything's a Target adidas video #1, which included a chance to win a Dan Carter signed ball. Today we've got the second brilliant video, and thanks to the nice people at adidas, we've been given the top he wore, and later signed, to give to one lucky RD user.

This video features a similar scenario to before as Meghan Mutrie challenges young Fletcher Smith to a series of kicking tasks. As you'll see, everything is indeed a target and as it features one or two incredible bits of skill from the great All Black, who was wearing the new adidas Predator Incurza's.

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cpotato July 03, 2012 5:42 pm

New Zealand will win; they were devastating against Ireland in that final test, and their backline is incredible.

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redwan_ July 03, 2012 5:47 pm

New Zealand. No doubt. They were practically faultless against Ireland, who are a good team. They have such depth to their squad, players who would walk onto any other national team on the planet are not getting chosen because the competition is so fierce for the all black jerseys.

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DMcNumber8 July 03, 2012 5:50 pm

South Africa are in with a good shout, their forward pack will definately impress

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miward July 03, 2012 5:57 pm

New Zealand will win. Solid pack + Best back line in the world + Haka = Unstoppable.

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GrantCole July 03, 2012 5:58 pm

The clinical All Blacks will win hands down. Every position has depth galore in that country!

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kocherb July 03, 2012 6:03 pm

As much as I love the All Blacks, I think Australia is going to be fighting for some revenge, and I think they might just take it, albeit by a very small margin.

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Chopper09 July 03, 2012 6:06 pm

New Zealand will win. Australia has too many injuries, SA has too many new players and Argentina won't be able to compare. If Australia get all their players back then they may have a chance.

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UpTheLowEnd July 03, 2012 6:07 pm

Looking at NZ's games against Ireland id have to give it to the All Blacks, but id like to see Argentina hold their own.

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Tips July 03, 2012 6:08 pm

New Zealand. They've got everything that a proper rugby team needs. A strong forwards pack, and back line play makers that have speed and amazing handling skills. If New Zealand are in form, they will without a doubt win. Even if South Africa have an incredible team aswell, New Zealand have the potential to win this series.

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Weverton July 03, 2012 6:12 pm

New Zealand. They have strength in depth and talent all over the park

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Weverton July 03, 2012 6:13 pm

Is it just me, or does fletcher kick some left footed and some right footed?

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MTPerry88 July 03, 2012 6:16 pm

New Zealand! They are world champs afterall with McCaw and Carter pulling the strings coupled with the lethal back line to tear defences apart (Dagg, SBW, Smith etc.) Offloading game and pace is too good to contain. Pack will destroy Wallabiesand pumas!

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RoryOkane July 03, 2012 6:18 pm

New Zealand because they looked to have key depth for carter and McCaw now in Cruden and Cane.

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RoryOkane July 03, 2012 6:18 pm

New Zealand because they looked to have key depth for carter and McCaw now in Cruden and Cane.

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A-Fly July 03, 2012 6:19 pm

New Zealand to edge it, but South Africa to give everyone serious problems with their physicality.

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mightykruppe July 03, 2012 6:24 pm

Could be a close one. South Africa looking pretty solid all round and have seem to have better squad unity this year. You can never write off the Criminal Element but they looked pretty fragile against Wales and the Mighty Scots! Argentina are going to be the whipping boys for a few years, I fear, but they'll improve hugely in the long run.

So yeah...All Blacks for the win. Hard to see any weaknesses

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rudii84 July 03, 2012 6:25 pm

All Blacks will win because they are a better team, with better players and a superb quality of the game. And on top of that winning the first game in the new tournament is another chance of creating rugby history and that will give them a motivational boost.

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ST Riders July 03, 2012 6:42 pm

All Blacks by a country mile. They're the best team with the greatest depth of squad and outstanding coaches overseeing the whole thing. Good luck to the other three nations in the quest for the runners up slot!!!

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Bernardo Faria July 03, 2012 6:48 pm

Argentina, because being a brazilian citizen the only reason I would ever cheer for Argentina in any sports it's when the Pumas are on the field!

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callum_mcd July 03, 2012 6:49 pm

Argentina will obviously win. All Super Rugby players will go on strike due to the forthcoming decision from SANZAR moving Super Rugby games to 5am, allowing viewers in Europe to watch the games without getting up early in the morning. With no players from this competition available for selection for the national sides the unions will have no first class players to select. However Argentina, whose players all play their rugby either in Argentina or Europe, will not be affected by this strike, and therefore prevail as champions of the first Rugby Championship. Obviously

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edb July 03, 2012 6:57 pm

All Blacks will win, but the Boks won't be far behind.

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Kulgrim July 03, 2012 7:06 pm

If I have to, i'll put a piece on South Africa

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susesui July 03, 2012 7:39 pm

All Blacks will win. It doesn't matter they changed the name of the tournament it will always be Tri-Nations, because sadly Argentina has not the level to play against the best teams in the world...maybe in a few years but for now...All Blacks!!!!

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lisa July 03, 2012 7:41 pm

South Africa, on good form and what my gut instinct goes with :p

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mnixon123 July 03, 2012 8:27 pm

South Africa are looking good, but All Blacks to win it :P

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rrfc July 03, 2012 8:35 pm

All Blacks will win, simples. The simple things are always done properly. They also use the scrum well to launch running set phases rather seeking the three pointers!
Great to see the Pumas stepping up to the challenge though!

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TheNinjaWarrior July 03, 2012 8:47 pm

New Zealand will deffinetly win followed closely by Australia. NZ just has too much class and depth in the bench to be matched. I'm seeing a clean sweep by the ABs.

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degis87 July 03, 2012 9:02 pm

New Zealand, CAUSE THEY ARE THE BEST!

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shems33 July 03, 2012 9:07 pm

New Zealand, south africa will have an incredible kicking game through the steyns, and the wallabies are going to scare the all blacks with running lines, but I think new zealands defence, conditioning and experience will be the difference maker in each game

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Mikey_T July 03, 2012 9:08 pm

Can't look any further than the ABs I'm afraid - having rid themselves of the World Cup monkey on their backs, we've now seen a glimpse of the next generation of stars (Savea, Smith, Retallick, Cane) in the tests against Ireland.

The Aussies were there for the taking in the Welsh tests, and whilst the Boks were impressive against England, I can't help but feel that they don't have the same mixture of physicality and pure skill that the Kiwis have in spades.

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Fitnessjunkie3189 July 03, 2012 9:19 pm

New Zealand have it in the bag, The win they put together against ireland was just how the best in the business do it and how rugby should be played total green wash they have the speed and they have the strength. New Zealand all the way woop woop.

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edward_coleman July 03, 2012 9:23 pm

All blacks, with the old and young talent they have are sure to win it, especially with Julian
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cAM July 03, 2012 9:24 pm

All Blacks to win it. Brutally dominant pack with a razors edge backline. I'm a springbok fan but NZ are showing the rest of the world how to truly play the best rugby

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PEIslander July 03, 2012 9:40 pm

I'd have to say The All Blacks should win without any problems. They showed with the Ireland tests that on a bad day they can still beat a great side and on a great day they can easily crush anyone.

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Young Max July 03, 2012 9:51 pm

The All Blacks look to be in great form again, so I see no reason why they won't dominate the Rugby Championship.

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Josh July 03, 2012 9:51 pm

The All Blacks for sure, Australia might put up a fight but to much talent all over the field for the All Blacks.

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bagby123 July 03, 2012 10:03 pm

I think New Zealand will win simply because they are so consitant i think South Africa might suprise a few people though!

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WJBMoore July 03, 2012 10:15 pm

South Africa to win. If they replicate the strength of the first 20 minutes/half an hour against England in the second test of this summer series, then I don't think even the current AB team with their form would be able to hold off that constant pressure. The power of the likes of Alberts, B Du Plessis and F Steyn is phenomenal, and when they link it is hard to stop. Not only do they have huge strength in the scrum, but also a class kicking game with the 2 Steyns, and some great attacking threats, in particular, J P Pieterson who looks to be seeing some great form and will make any opposition wary.
Australia don't look too much of a threat after a (by their standards) poor test series against Scotland and Wales. And although the AB's thrashed the Irish, I don't think too much can be inferred from this since the Irish have never had a good record against Southern Hemisphere teams and they have come off the back of a long season and therefore are a lot more tired. The Boks are a lot better defensively than the Irish and being Southern Hemisphere will know how to play the AB's better, making the margin of victory with which the AB's beat the Irish rather irrelevant. After all, if the Boks played the AB side like it was in the second test I'm sure the Boks would win.

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blauzon July 03, 2012 10:19 pm

South Africa will win, coming off a disapointing world cup they will have something to prove. Their forward pack will be dominant as always and their backs have enough ability to either play a tough grind it out game or a speed game.

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Carps21 July 03, 2012 10:47 pm

Australia, I think although they were close to defeat a couple times v Wales I think they will have enough ability to win the Rugby Championship, but will be pushed very close by the All Blacks.

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MikeTheMachine July 03, 2012 10:57 pm

I've got to back New Zealand here, they're playing with such ferocity at the moment and seem to crave success more than the others. They've got some seriously exciting young players coming through, but I reckon SA will give them a serious physical challenge

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Henry Ah Ching July 03, 2012 11:18 pm

New Zealand will continue its momentum from the world cup into the championship. and the experience will be well pass down to the young and exciting new players of the team. Go the All Blacks!!!!

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eksellentz July 03, 2012 11:45 pm

I think New Zealand will win, but the Boks will give them a stiff competition for it...

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tommygun July 03, 2012 11:46 pm

New Zealand will find it a walk over with two massive wins over ireland! Bring on the ALL BLACKS!

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GiggityGoo July 04, 2012 12:25 am

New Zealand is going to win because that's just what they do, they're used to winning, so they will continue doing so. Add to that, they've got the best centre in the world in Conrad Smith.

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Pretzel July 04, 2012 12:27 am

Pretty sure this one is going New Zealand's way.. They were great up until the RWC, obvious nerves and "choke" scenarios, but they managed to pull it all off, and since then they've looked like steam rollers...

I suppose it could be anyones win on the night, but I have a strong suspicion that this series is going to be the All Blacks series to lose...

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Carter July 04, 2012 1:12 am

A rgentina
L anguish
L ast.

B reakdowns
L ower
A ustralia.
C onsistency
K ills
S outh Africa.

W orld Cup
I gnites
N ew Zealand.

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Stuart July 04, 2012 1:47 am

Wallbie's will win, They were good enough to win Tri nations last year and unlucky not to get the Bledisloe as well. Main reason though is they have come off a 3 test series against Europes best (Wales) and not lost a match, proving they can now consistently close out the close games near the end, which has been their Achilles for years against the All Blacks

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larissa_h July 04, 2012 2:27 am

New Zealand. Great forward pack with exciting new back prospects like cruden, savea and smith (aaron) with those wise old heads like richie mccaw and dan carter leading by example. Experienced team with a crop of new exciting players coming through with so much talent and a point to prove. Bringing new and exciting players in with there experience will work for them. Although it wont be easy, New zealand will come through winners. I think after the RWC they want to prove they are consistant winners and they started to show that in the recent 3 test Irish series. South Africa and Australia wont be easy to beat though. But New Zealand will do it.

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John July 04, 2012 3:33 am

NZ. Because 2nd place is not in their vocab.

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kikohalaliku July 04, 2012 4:13 am

All blacks, but it will be good to see Argentina in there too as the southern hemisphere rules rugby. Heart breaking to see those tickets get torched in the video

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argentino July 04, 2012 4:52 am

i am argentine, it is obviously going to be very tough these first years, especially when playing waway. however i do think weve got the suprise factor in the bag. at the same time argentine people are just crazy and the crowds here are intimidating, (belive me). therfore playing at home could really be beneficial.

now coming back to the question, after looking at all the june tests, i was not suprised by the way the all blacks played, they are the all blacks and after a fantastic world cup this preformance against ireland was to be expected. i was however surpised by the young guns, cruden played an excelent 25 minutes in the third test being very vertical, and sam cane is the new richie macaw (20 tackles in a match in which his team won 60-0)

however i do think SA is a force to reckon, their physicality is admirable, they do everything simple and very effective and this is important.

Finally i dont think this is going to be austrailias year, they have to many inguries, and i actually did not thinkl they desirved to win the last 2 tests against wales.

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Dizzy Halfload July 04, 2012 5:14 am

Although the All-Blacks have shown devastating form against Ireland, they won't be able to run rampant like that against their southern hemisphere counterparts, and their team and pack in particular did show some weakness in the second test against Ireland.

I don't think Australia will have the fire power to take advantage of this but the boks on the other hand have shown good form against England and they look hungry. I think they have targeted this Tri-Nations to end New Zealands high after the world cup and will play a similarly style to their tests against England. They will look to disrupt and harass the All Blacks into mistakes and if they can gain an upperhand in the forwards, they will nullify New Zealands attacking game and make the match a dog fight that they have the muscle to win.

Argentina to win one match against Australia.

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Jbun79 July 04, 2012 6:56 am

I think with all of the injuries to players like pocock and beale and o'connor for the aussies, they have to be ruled out of contention. and the boks may be able to handle a young england side but they themselves i believe are too young and inexperienced to win a competition like this (this time next 1-2 years though, watch out) and argentina has to be ruled out solely based on this being their first foray into the previously named tri-nations tourney. although i think they will put in a solid showing. so that leaves just one if my calculations are correct, ALL BLACKS ALL DAY

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GCMars July 04, 2012 8:50 am

I'm an ABs fan, but I really think the Boks have the most winning chances because of the great Meyer's work. I saw 3 great test matches against England and I saw a different attitude by the Boks.

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frasermacrae July 04, 2012 9:13 am

Australia lost to SCOTLAND!!!!
South Africa drew with ENGLAND!!!!
Argentina lost to FRANCE!!!!
New Zealand have not lost in a year and in that time have won a world cup.....
So with New Zealand probably favorites to win I think..... South Africa will probably win it!

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MC10 July 04, 2012 9:17 am

It is going to be tight, but I thinkt he All Blacks will edge it. Not only do they have the best back line in the tournament and a solid pack, they have a large group of impact players that can be thrown into the mix. With injuries in key positions, i think the other nations will struggle due to lack of depth. All blacks to win, and South Africa to finish second!

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RunningRugby4 July 04, 2012 10:11 am

Given their record in the Tri Nations, their performances against Ireland in the first and last test, and being RWC Champions, the ABs are clearly the strongest team going into the 4 Nations. However, the Wallabies managed a whitewash of Wales with an understrength team, missing Q. Cooper, their best wingers, and JOC. The Boks arent lookong too good at the moment, but I think they'll improve with time, and los Pumas, I think, will put up a few good performances, and might even win a game or two.

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RunningRugby4 July 04, 2012 10:13 am

This person TOTALLY ought to win. (wink, wink)

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79jk97 July 04, 2012 11:12 am

I think it will be closer then everybody reckons, but in the end the men in black will prevail because their squad depth and quality is just that much better then all other teams. All blacks first, Australia second, South Africa third and Argentina last.

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jak July 04, 2012 12:34 pm

New zealand are going to win,but I think Argentina will surprise a few people with at least 1 win.

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samoffer July 04, 2012 12:45 pm

New Zealand will win. They are simply too strong for the other teams.

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AMK July 04, 2012 1:20 pm

You can't look past New Zealand, but perhaps it won't be as easy as everyone thinks. They are strong all over the park, with some potential young superstars providing real depth.

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Thorps July 04, 2012 1:32 pm

I think that the Auzzys will be our biggest threat but hands down we should win with such an overal talented team.

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hanna July 04, 2012 2:06 pm

New Zealand will win!

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LoganSinclair July 04, 2012 2:14 pm

New Zealand because they look to be on form and have loads of depth in their players and just have a really good overall squad.

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Andrew Coughlan July 04, 2012 3:22 pm

Safe enough bet that New Zealand will win...

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jfirth06 July 04, 2012 3:42 pm

New Zealand will win; they've got such a great back line and great depth in their squad - hopefully they'll play some of the players such as andre taylor and andy ellis who missed for the ireland test matches. I reckon Argentina will surprise some people and may come in third with australia coming bottom... South Africa didn't really set the world alight against England but they know how to grind out a close match!

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caamicarter July 04, 2012 5:18 pm

I think the All Blacks won! I am from Argentina, but I love the all blacks, if they think it's bigotry, I answer yes, I love them! But obviously I love Pumas, but my priority or rather my first post! Are the All Blacks! I know they will win, the team do have! They have players of very high class! Have a very good pack, players very fast, very tactical, and a player who opens the field as Dan Carter for his vision of game! Also their new additions are great, kids who see them wanting to play and very committed to the game, such as the other players! I do not doubt that the All Blacks will win! AB's Go!!!!!

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Ferrari333SP July 04, 2012 6:54 pm

With the depth of squad advantage I think they have over the other nations, the New Zealand All Blacks will win the inaugural Rugby Championship.

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kiwibymarriage July 04, 2012 7:22 pm

Will be great competition, but New Zealand will win because if their depth.

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BennySquidarms July 05, 2012 2:03 am

The All Blacks will win the inaugural championship, though the Boks looked tough against the English. The All Blacks have the depth at all positions to weather the inevitable injury (look at home many guys wore the 10 at the RWC and yet they won).

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jsmith27 July 05, 2012 2:58 am

Although the all blacks demolished the irish squad in 2 out of 3 test matches, I believe that if the australian team gets quade cooper, kurtley beale and james o'connor to return to the form they were in last season they will win the inaugural competition

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Stripe July 05, 2012 7:15 am

Well if the final comes down to a penalty shootout - into basketball hoops, I'm going to have to back the Crusaders. :D

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Stripe July 05, 2012 7:16 am

But as for the Rugby Championship, there are no shootouts so....

New Zealand. Because I couldn't live with myself picking anyone else. :)

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Erik July 05, 2012 8:10 am

New Zealand will win, not because I want them too, but because they have proven to be the best again and again over the last 2 years.

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lis July 06, 2012 9:25 am

New Zealand for sure!!

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AndyT July 06, 2012 4:59 pm

Looling forward to it as always! The quality in the southern hemisphere to our northern game is just a different class! However we have had some encouraging signs recently!
Anyway, Hard to look past new Zealand as always! When in the mood they are a try scoring machine.
I think SA will b close behind as theyr looking more potent than the Aussies. Australia to me are lacking something..... Mayb they will prove me wrong.
Onto the new comers. Argentina are a hard team to put away at times and will be really tested in this comp. They showed against France that if you aren't on form they will look to take advantage. To be the best you got to play the best! ( a reason why the six nation teams should play more against the big 3!)

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AndyT July 06, 2012 4:59 pm

Looling forward to it as always! The quality in the southern hemisphere to our northern game is just a different class! However we have had some encouraging signs recently!
Anyway, Hard to look past new Zealand as always! When in the mood they are a try scoring machine.
I think SA will b close behind as theyr looking more potent than the Aussies. Australia to me are lacking something..... Mayb they will prove me wrong.
Onto the new comers. Argentina are a hard team to put away at times and will be really tested in this comp. They showed against France that if you aren't on form they will look to take advantage. To be the best you got to play the best! ( a reason why the six nation teams should play more against the big 3!)

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huwgoboss July 06, 2012 6:00 pm

NZ! They have quality players at their disposal and have looked very impressive in their last couple of tests.

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laurent83 July 06, 2012 6:12 pm

I go for the Aussies by a whisker: they play home and will make it tough on the NZ as world champion.

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mazu07 July 07, 2012 7:29 am

all blacks! they were on their best in past few matches & they have got the best side & the luck....

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artudetu45 July 08, 2012 4:12 am

The All Blacks definitely are the strongest team in the world right now though the Welsh and the Wallabies have been in decent form. However, the All Blacks are way too dominant right now and will most likely take the Championship.

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Warhorse July 08, 2012 9:57 pm

The Boks with their sheer physicality will be a match for anyone. I thought they'd slipped away after their 2007 triumph, but I have been proven very wrong. Quality squad with a good mentality, I think they might just nab this!

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Rossmcewan July 10, 2012 12:15 am

Dan is class! New Zealand are awesome! Great video of skill

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Larry_Hook July 11, 2012 3:02 pm

New Zealand will win the tournament. So much skill and versatilty in the squad with old and new players combining to make a force to be wreckoned with. Strong foward pack and amazingly talented backline. Strong set piece work and so strong at scrum time. With the recent injection or smith at half back and nonu back at 12 will be so strong. Having carter in the pivot role he will see NZ home. Hes such class like he showed with his last minute drop goal against the irsh. Carter Along with Mccaw and Read leading the way to victory. Will also be boosted even more by the return of wing Corey Jane and powerhouse Victor Vito from injury

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fullprop July 14, 2012 8:41 am

Got to be the All Blacks. Great to see Argentina in a great International series which will only allow them to flourish and grow, but the AB's just have too much going for them right now. South Africa and Australia are close as always, but the AB's just have too many dominating players 1-15 currently.

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_ainemcmonagle July 16, 2012 12:01 pm

New Zealand, definitely! They can breakdown any team that they play against because they are so talented.

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DANS-BIGGEST-FAN July 17, 2012 9:29 am

Of course the All Blacks will win! They have got all there players back and Dan Carter is fit and healthy to play! I know we have lost SBW but he was all hype. He just left for the money. I think with Argentina coming in it will add a bit of variety. I think it will be between the Wallabies and the All Blacks but the All Blacks will come away with it at the end! :) :)

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