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The two hot fancies to win the Rugby World Cup, New Zealand and France, will get an early taste of each other when they clash in Pool A.

The All Blacks are priced at 3.75 to win the World Cup, while host nation France can be backed at 4.00 to go all the way.

The first mission will be to make it through Pool A and into the quarter-finals, but unless there is a massive upset along the way, both should make it.

What2023 Rugby World Cup
WhenSaturday 9th September - Monday 29th October 2023
How to watchStan Sport, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsNew Zealand 3.75, France 4.00, South Africa 4.33, Ireland 5.50, Australia 11.00

Pool A odds

New Zealand and France are the big hitters in Pool A and both are priced at 1.90 to go on and finish top of the pile.

Who finishes top of Pool A looks sure to come down to who wins when the two nations go head-to-head.

Italy, Namibia and Uruguay complete the group and the Azzurri can be backed at 67.00 to top the pool.

Pool A schedule

The 2023 Rugby World Cup and Pool A gets underway with a bang when France and New Zealand clash at the Stade de France on Saturday 9th September.

Whoever wins looks sure to top the group, which in fairness will not mean much of an advantage when it comes to the quarter-finals.

The top two sides in Pool A will meet the top two sides in Pool B in the last eight and that looks like being South Africa and Ireland and both will be very hard to beat.

France and New Zealand can both be backed at 1.90 to win the opening match.

On the same day, Italy are priced at 1.006 to beat Namibia, who can be backed at 19.00 to cause a big upset.

France will play Uruguay on 14th September, Namibia on 21st September and Italy on 6th October, which is the final game in Pool A.

New Zealand will face Namibia on 15th September, Italy on 29th September and Uruguay on 5th October.

Italy will have a great chance to build confidence and get two wins on the board before they face New Zealand and then France. After their opening game against Namibia they play Uruguay on 20thSeptember.

The two minnows of Pool A, Uruguay and Namibia, will go head-to-head on 27th September.

Pre-tournament form

New Zealand have been in great form heading into the 2023 Rugby World Cup, however, they did slip to record defeat against South Africa in their last game.

The Springboks were convincing 35-7 winners in the international clash at Twickenham in London, England.

The All Blacks did beat South Africa 35-20 in the previous meeting and also picked up back-to-back wins over Australia to claim the Bledisloe Cup.

Hosts France are also going well and can take confidence from a strong Six Nations campaign that saw them finish second on the ladder behind Ireland.

They suffered just the one defeat, against the Irish, but beat England, Scotland and Wales with relative ease.

Italy finished bottom in the Six Nations without winning a game, however, they did give France a game before losing by just five points.

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