Assessing the Six Nations Teams Challenge for the 2011 Rugby World Cup

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Assessing the Six Nations Teams Challenge for the 2011 Rugby World Cup
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With the squads for the 2011 Rugby World Cup now announced, the tournament is nearly upon us.

As with most of the previous World Cups, New Zealand is the clear favorite to claim the William Webb Ellis trophy. Their Tri-Nations rivals South Africa and Australia follow behind.

What of the Northern Hemisphere team’s chances? Given their record against the Tri-Nations teams in recent internationals, you’d be hard pressed to make a case for any of them to win the tournament.

However past World Cups have shown us that upsets are possible and the Six Nations sides have plenty of quality players who can, on their day, perform with the best in the world.

Let’s have a look at their players and their chances.

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