COMMENT:

This is shaping up as a cringe-inducing Rugby World Cup.

As the leading nations close in on each other, there was the awful sight of a traditional heavyweight smashing up one of the game's wannabes with the tournament just weeks away.

And we're not even talking about what happened in Hamilton yet.

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South Africa played in fits and starts yet still crushed Japan 41–7 in a warm-up near Tokyo, raising the spectre of a host nation being humiliated.

While this occurred last time of course, hometown flops England – with great traditions in the game and vibrant crowds –

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