Rugby Championship: Key Players to Watch Part 1

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Rugby Championship: Key Players to Watch Part 1
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With the second edition of the Rugby Championship due to start on August 17, a number of players will have a key role in deciding whether New Zealand can retain their title. 

The All Blacks start as firm favourites and will expect to continue the momentum gained from three wins over France early this summer, while Australia will hope to bounce back from a demoralising series defeat to the Lions and start building under their new coaching setup. 

South Africa failed to impress in last year's inaugural tournament and need to start showing that they are developing a squad capable of winning the next World Cup, while Argentina need to recover from two heavy defeats to England and prove again that they can provide serious competition to the big three. 

In the first of three reviews, we take a look at a number of players that will be key to their teams' chances:

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