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New Zealand v Canada: Confident All Blacks to run riot in big win

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Simon Mail previews Wednesday's World Cup matches as New Zealand face Canada while France look for a second win against USA...

"This looks one of the most one-sided matches in this year's pool stage and New Zealand should run up a big victory. Four of the All Blacks' five wins against Canada have seen them win by at least 51 points although the biggest margin was 66 points."

New Zealand v Canada
Wednesday, 11:15
Live on ITV 4

All Blacks in control after Springboks win

New Zealand came into the World Cup with questions against their chances of winning the tournament for the third successive time. The All Blacks answered these emphatically in their opener as they clinically defeated South Africa 23-13 to take control of their pool. The Springboks put them under early pressure but first-half tries from George Bridge and Scott Barrett secured a significant victory.

Steven Hansen has made 11 changes to their team although Richie Mo'unga remains at fly-half. Beauden, Scott and Jordie Barrett will become the first sibling trio to start in a World Cup for New Zealand while wing Rieko Ioane is recalled for the first time since the defeat to Australia in August. New Zealand will be expected to produce a dominant performance and a high-scoring win against a team which made a miserable start.

Canada produced a desperately disappointing display in their 48-7 defeat to Italy in Fukuoka and Kingsley Jones has a big job on his hands to prevent a mauling against the defending champions. After conceding seven tries to Italy, Canada will need a significant improvement to keep the scoreline respectable in Oita.

This looks one of the most one-sided matches in this year's pool stage and New Zealand should run up a big victory. Four of the All Blacks' five wins against Canada have seen them win by at least 51 points although the biggest margin was 66 points. Rather than going for the handicap of 67 points, it is worth dutching bets on New Zealand to win by 51 to 60 and 61 to 70 points at appealing odds.

France v USA
Wednesday, 08:45
Live on ITV 4

France hold on for opening victory

France put themselves on course for a place in the quarter-finals after a dramatic opening win against Argentina. Jacques Brunel's side were exhilarating at times during the first half as tries from Gael Fickou and Antoine Dupont gave them a commanding 20-3 lead. But France's erratic nature came to the fore after the break as the Pumas fought back to briefly lead before Camille Lopez's drop-goal salvaged a 23-21 win.

The victory has put them in the driving seat for a top-two finish and the side will have the chance to win the group when they face England in their final pool game. France must first take care of business against the United States and Brunel has made 12 changes to his team. Veteran number eight Louis Picamoles takes over the captaincy and Lopez has been rewarded with a starting spot at fly-half.

USA endured a tough start to the competition after a 45-7 defeat against England in Kobe. Eddie Jones' side scored seven tries as USA struggled to cope with their brute force and power. Bryce Campbell scored with the last play of the match to avoid the team drawing a blank but there was precious little to be positive about from coach Gary Gold's point of view.

France have won six of the seven previous games against USA and it is hard to envisage Les Bleus slipping up here. With a tendency to start sharply, France are backed to cover an 11-point first-half handicap. Brunel's side have led by at least 12 points in their last three victories and the favourites can make another sharp start in Fukuoka.

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