With little over a month to the arrival of the Rugby World Cup, the nations’ teams have been hard at work training for this highly anticipated event. Whilst such a tournament is never a forgone conclusion, most of the teams will have one question at the front of their minds; how to beat New Zealand?

All Black dominance

The All Blacks have long held a fearsome reputation in all rugby union competitions. And whilst their awe-inspiring haka pre-match dance may capture much press attention, it is the team’s on-pitch efforts that undoubtedly will cause the greatest amount of trepidation in their opponents.

The team are the only international side to have a winning record against every other team that they’ve played, and since their comprehensive victory over France on home soil in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the All Blacks have been the team to beat.

And whilst many other nations such as Ireland have been showing impressive form in 2015, the All Blacks’ decisive win against the Springboks will once more set the standard that the other teams will need to match if they are to stand a chance of winning the coveted Webb Ellis trophy.

Outside chances

Springbok Parade

Although the All Blacks may have the upper hand when it comes to past reputation, the competition is far from being a done deal.

Despite their recent defeat at the hands of New Zealand at Ellis Park, the South African Springboks have been playing particularly well in recent months. This comes after a barren few years since their Rugby World Cup victory in 2007, but with key players such as Victor Matfield returning to the side’s captaincy, many are expecting big things from this team.

The Irish side will also be expected to perform well with their Six Nations win still a recent memory. Whilst the team are still a highly respectable second place in the world rugby rankings, the news that their star flanker Tommy O’Donnell has been ruled out of the World Cup due to a dislocated hip will come as a shock to Irish fans.

Home advantage

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But one factor that is often overlooked when compiling global rankings is that of home advantage. And seeing as 2015 will mark the first time that England have hosted the Rugby World Cup since 1991, the team are hoping that the huge home support will give them that extra bit of power to lead them to glory.

And with England’s first game set to kick off against Fiji at Twickenham on 18 September, many are expecting the home nation to put on an extra special performance.