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International rugby world cup update

With the widely anticipated international Rugby World Cup up and running, it's worth taking a look at how the teams have started their campaign as well as the upcoming games to look forward to.

World Cup hosts New Zealand got off to the best possible start with a promising 41-10 victory over Tonga which included 6 tries from the All Blacks. Whilst coach Henry was pleased with the result, he stated that he saw a lot of room for improvement that he deems necessary if his side are to go all the way this time around. Elsewhere in pool A France also started positively with a 47-21 victory over Japan in Auckland.

Pool B saw Argentina nearly pull off an early shock after leading England for large stages of the game before falling to a relatively late try which put the 2007 finalists back in the lead. It was a less than satisfactory performance from England with Jonny Wilkinson turning in an indifferent display in Dunedin where he failed to convert a penalty kick 5/7 attempts. But Ben Young's late try ensured England kick-started their tournament with a win and Martin Johnson will be hoping his side can now learn from the errors of the first game and rectify them in their next game against Georgia in Dunedin. The only other game from Pool B to be played thus far is Scotland Vs Romania which ended up with Scotland winning 34-24.

Australia would have been looking to lay down a marker in their first game against Italy and undoubtedly did so with a 32-6 thrashing in Auckland whilst Ireland also won 22-10 against the USA. Most recent matches have seen Fiji beat Namibia in a high scoring game which resulted in Fiji eventually winning 49-25. Current holders South Africa however didn't find their first game as easy as they narrowly defeated Wales 17-16 in an inspiring performance from underdogs Wales who could count themselves unlucky.

With the first round of fixtures completed, each team now looks to their second game where they will be either hoping to win their first game, press on for a second win in consecutive games or rectify the disappointment of their previous match and get back to winning ways. Be sure to stay tuned to all the action starting with Tonga Vs Canada on the 14th in Pool A with both teams looking to secure their first win of the tournament.

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