COMMENT:

One match down for each Rugby World Cup heavyweight and Ireland have quickly reminded everyone why they were the dominant rugby nation on the planet last year, and why warm-up form counts for little.

Of all the opening salvos, undoubtedly it's the All Blacks who fired the loudest shot with their gripping and gritty win over the Springboks to rightfully regain the No 1 ranking.

The captivating brand of rugby and global appeal the All Blacks demand is evident in viewership numbers from France where 3.7 million watched their win over the Boks, marginally less than the 4.3m

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