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Boks could pay for poor season at Japan World Cup

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web_photo_ Johan Goosen_11102016: Springboks player Johan Goosen scores a try during the Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and the South African Springboks. Goosen was named the best player in the Top 14 for the 2015-16 season. © Backpagepix Springboks player Johan Goosen scores a try during the Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and the South African Springboks. Goosen was named the best player in the Top 14 for the 2015-16 season. JOHANNESBURG - could pay dearly for their dismal record of results recently, at the , after the seedings were finalised on the weekend.

After the final round of Six Nations fixtures concluded on the weekend, New Zealand, England, Australia and Ireland have been given top seeds.

The draw will be take place in Kyoto, Japan, on May 10.

This means that Scotland, France, South Africa and Wales are in the in the second group and all are possible opponents of the All Blacks. The All Blacks are the top seeds, while also being three-time winners and defending world champions.

Following the controversial denouement to Wales’ Six Nations match against France in Paris on Saturday, which the latter won in the 100th minute of play, Wales did not make the top group of seeds.

Hosts Japan, Argentina, Georgia and Italy are in the third group of seeds, meaning the Boks could be drawn with both New Zealand and Argentina in the same pool.

The All Blacks have a formidable 100% record in World Cup pools, but have never met South Africa before in the first round of fixtures.

All four of the previous meetings between the Boks and All Blacks have been in the knock-out phases.

In 1995, they met in the memorable final, in 1999 in the bronze match, in 2003 in the quarter-final and in 2015, the semi-final.

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