There are more realistic chances at this world cup then any other which should make for a good tournament. I think the teams with a show, starting with the favorites are: 1. NZ - best team in the world. As Knuckles said they have no weaknesses just some areas less strong then others. Line-out and midfield vulnerable. So find touch with kicks and attack midfield. Will go in raging hot favorites and with the expectations of 4m Kiwis (sound familiar) 2. SA - great lineout and backrow and the worlds best finisher. Despite what Saffas say there scrum is average. Can a team win without a world class 10? We'll find out. 3. France - can never discount the home side in WC. Will have to play three good games in a row to win and consistency is not there strength. 4. Aus - Need luck with injuries. Lose a couple of key players and its au revoir as there is nothing behind them. Best world cup pedigree and history of riseing to the occasion. 5. Ireland - Great lineout. Worlds best tactical kicking 10 and great centre combination. Form team of the 6n with heaps of experience. Not much in the scrum or out wide. 6 Eng - They'll get there fair share of quality go forward possesion but whether they no what to do with it is another thing. Bad form over the last few years but you can't write them off. 7 Wales - desperately trying to recapture the form that took them to the grand slam in 2005. Have enough quality players to win but play way to laterally. Need to earn the right to go wide. No one else has a show although the Argies and Italians might cause some tears.