Wales seek a historic victory on New Zealand and their first win against the All Blacks since 1953 in this month's three-test series.
Seasoned trio return for New Zealand's final sevens tournament in France tournament before Rio Olympics.
Australian under-20s warm-up for world championships by downing New Zealand for the first time
The old enemy always rate as a contender and this year is no different with flair in the backs and power up front.
Home advantage ought to nudge the northern hemisphere favourite along as Twickenham sings for them.
Crusaders Super Rugby star Nemani Nadolo will need his match-winning form if his team are to escape the "pool of death".
An unlucky pool draw leaves Uruguay in the unenviable position of only playing for pride.
Some hot pre-tournament form has the pundits talking up the Wallabies as title contenders.
A tough tussle in the "pool of death" for Wales, in most-likely a three-horse race for two quarterfinal spots.
A team whose history says they can cause an upset - they'll need to do it again if they are to make it out of pool play.
Coach Eddie Jones will need to find something special if his charges are to advance beyond pool play.
Men from the north likely to make the quarterfinals, though they'll need to beat Samoa to get there.
USA will be looking to build on their showing at the 2011 tournament, but a win might be a bridge too far.
Defending champion All Blacks march into this year's tournament deserved favourite as world's No 1 side.
A shot at semifinals rugby beckons for the bruisers from Buenos Aires.
A team with fire in their bellies at this tournament, they could sneak a place in the quarterfinals.
A team with everything to play for in one game - against Tonga - they may hold their best back until then.
Playing for pride, this year's minnow will be lucky to get a win.
Ever-dangerous French side ready to cause some upsets despite early 17:1 odds.
Defending Six Nations champion boasts confidence, but will have to conquer southern giants to win.
Captain Tyler Ardron will need to lift his team if they are to progress beyond the pool stages.
They're best result coming into the tournament is beating Canada, making them a 5001:1 chance.
Grim form of late sets up Italy as a rank outsider at this year's Rugby World Cup.