The Springboks have a favourable draw in Pool stage of the competition where they are drawn in Pool D along with Wales, Fiji, Samoa and Namibia.
They kick off the defence of their title against Wales on September 11 in Wellington. Wales have only managed one win and one draw against the Springboks in 24 attempts. South Africa will go into the opening game as overwhelming favourites against their strongest opposition in Pool D.
The Boks are unlikely to lose against minnows Fiji, Namibia or Samoa in their following three matches with none of the three sides ever having beaten the mighty Boks.
If the Boks top their group are no surprises in the Pool C—where Australia and Ireland are the big guns—they should meet the Irish in the quarter-final.
That should set up a sem-final meeting with the winner of the game between either the All Blacks and either England or Argentina. Once again going strictly on form and world ranking at present it looks as if a showdown with the hosts in the semi-final is on the cards.
If they can get through that a World Cup final against Australia, France, England, Argentina or Wales awaits...