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Predict How The Rugby Championship Table Will Look At The End Of The 2016 Campaign

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 08: Drew Mitchell and Matt Giteau of the Wallabies pose with the Rugby Championship trophy after winning the Rugby Championship match between the Australia Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at ANZ Stadium on August 8, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

This season’s rugby championship promises to be very interesting.

In the aftermath of the 2015 World Cup, commentators ceaselessly argued that the southern hemisphere nations had opened a substantial gap over their rivals north of the equator.

However, despite the doom and gloom being preached at the time, since then England whitewashed Australia and an under strength Ireland came close to overturning the Springboks in South Africa.

Indeed, although the All Blacks have an enviable depth of talent at their disposal, they have entered a period of transition following the retirements of Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith.

After their disastrous three match series with England, the Wallabies also have much soul searching to do, while the Springboks not only have to deal with a player exodus, but political interference in squad selection.

For their part, although Argentina will be looking to build on their 2015 World Cup campaign, the Jaguares suffered an underwhelming Super Rugby season.

 

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena

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