World ranking: Fifth
Qualification: 2015 semi-finalists
Best result: Champions 1995, 2007
TAB odds: $8
Chances: The Springboks sprang a major surprise with their Rugby Championship win over the All Blacks in Wellington last year and went close to repeating that result at home soon after.
At their best, they are a big threat. They certainly have the talent, but struggle for consistency and look decidedly lacklustre whenever they venture north of the Equator.
Pool draw (NZT)
New Zealand v South Africa, Yokohama City, 9:45pm (live updates)
South Africa v Namibia, Toyota City, 9:45pm
South Africa v Italy, Shizukoa Prefecture, 10:45pm (live updates)
South Africa v Canada, Kobe City, 11:15pm