Rugby World Cup: Twenty chances to win (or lose) with Newshub's office sweepstake kit

Every now and then, even if you're not remotely interested in sport, it makes sense to indulge in an office sweepstake for team-building purposes.

Newshub makes it easy to organiser your sweepstake with a stylised kit, featuring flags of each competing nation and a master list of who draws which team.

Simply download your kit, gather your sweepstakers and let the rivalries begin.

Newshub's France 23 sweepstake kit
Newshub's France 23 sweepstake kit Photo credit: Newshub

Twenty teams will contest the tournament, but some have more chance than others. Here's how they stack up...

Warm favourites - France, South Africa, Ireland

The hosts, the defending champions and the reigning world No.1 team form a triumvirate of frontrunners. The French will be under a lot of pressure to deliver on their home soil, after losing three previous finals - two to New Zealand at Eden Park.

The Springboks are always tough and sounded an ominous warning against the All Blacks in their final hitout, while Ireland must overcome an record of never progressing past the quarter-finals.

Don't count them out - New Zealand

Apart from South Africa, the only team to win three World Cup crowns and the only to ever successfully defend their title in 2015. Still favoured at the TAB, after an 11-game unbeaten run, but that confidence took a hit with their record loss to the Springboks at Twickenham.

They have still never lost a pool game at a World Cup.

Newshub Rugby World Cup sweepstake kit
Newshub Rugby World Cup sweepstake kit Photo credit: Newshub

Stocks plummeting fast - Australia, England

Both teams are former champions, but their form is not compelling. The Wallabies have been dire under Eddie Jones, losing five straight games, and they will need to find something against their pool's minnows to restore some confidence.

The English have been little better, since disposing of Jones as their coach, and reached rock bottom with a historic loss to Fiji at Twickenham in their final hitout. They'll have captain Owen Farrell suspended out of their opener against Argentina.

Both may struggle, even against relatively soft draws.

Plodders - Argentina, Wales, Scotland

The Pumas have actually reached the semis twice, but will struggle to compete with the top four teams. They are also on the soft side of the draw, which will help.

Wales reached the semis four years ago, but have a dangerous pool, while the Scots will have their hands full with the Springboks and Irish early.

Giantkillers - Fiji, Japan, Samoa

Perennial underdogs capable of World Cup upsets. Fiji shocked England last month, so Wales and Australia are vulnerable in their pool.

Japan headed both Ireland and Scotland at their home World Cup four years ago, but haven't been able to recapture that form in their build-up this time, while Manu Samoa were competitive against Ireland in their final run before the tournament and have a roster stacked with former All Blacks.

Too much ground to make up - Italy, Georgia, Tonga

The Italians have never beaten the All Blacks, but an awful lot of teams have achieved 'first-ever' wins against the powerhouse in recent times - let's hope this doesn't happen here.

Georgia are still off the pace at this level, while the Tongans will struggle in their pool.

Making up numbers - Uruguay, Chile, Namibia, Portugal, Romania

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