If you want to believe the recent defeat to the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship is not a dent to the Springbok World Cup hopes, then Wallaby coach Eddie Jones might be worth consulting for support. Jones’ team have been streets behind the South Africans so far this international season, and yet he still rates his team’s chances of success at the Rugby World Cup.

So far it hasn’t been a happy homecoming for Jones, who has seen the Australians lose both the games they have played under his watch in his second stint as Wallaby coach. But though his team look destined to finish last in the Rugby Championship, Jones says that’s irrelevant to the global tournament...

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