With the World Cup imminent, the Herald approached some of the leading rugby journalists from across the globe to get their predictions for the tournament. Will the All Blacks achieve the historical three-peat, which nation is their biggest threat, who will be the biggest letdown in Japan, should we be expecting any major upsets ... and is Sonny Bill Williams really that lucky to be making the trip?

What will be the storyline of the tournament?

Richard Hinds, Australia, ABC:

How the English media can avoid giving Australian coach Eddie Jones any praise for their success or, more likely, hand


Your biggest concern about the tournament in Japan?

Who is the most underrated player at the tournament (and why) ...

... and the most overrated?

The All Blacks' biggest weakness is ...

It could happen ...

Who will make the semifinals?

Who will win the Rugby World Cup, and who will be the biggest letdown?