Each week, Hutch will be publishing his SportGuru predictions, where matches are artificially divided into Rounds to make it more manageable. So here are the predictions for Round 1, covering the games this weekend.
I’m not expecting any upsets in Round 1, much as I’d love to see Wales beat South Africa. That’s the biggest game of the weekend, and the Welsh have a chance if they can compete at the breakdown, but I suspect the Boks will have enough to see them off.
I expect to see wins for the other home nations though, but I’m not predicting such a comfortable game for England as others have suggested. If the back row doesn’t generate enough quick ball, they’ll get drawn into a tiring battle up front and it could be a long night for everyone concerned.
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New Zealand v Tonga: New Zealand by 33
Scotland v Romania: Scotland by 8
Fiji v Namibia: Fiji by 27
France v Japan: France by 13
Argentina v England: England by 9
Australia v Italy: Australia by 21
Ireland v USA: Ireland by 10
South Africa v Wales: South Africa by 13