The former Wales, Lions and New Zealand boss Sir Graham Henry has been talking about where the power lies in the build-up to the next Rugby World Cup.
“South Africa may have played the better game, but got beat by a point. I don’t think the gap is too big, which is great,” Henry told the media in Dubai, where he was a guest at the Emirates Airline Rugby Long Lunch.
And he stressed: “It’s what rugby needs. It doesn’t need one team that’s unbeatable, because that’s boring.
“It was pleasing because Australia and South Africa have fallen away pretty poorly in recent times. Their last two games against the All Blacks have been great contests with superb rugby.
“It’s obvious the culture of the South Africa and Australian teams are becoming stronger and I think that’s good for rugby.
“Going into the next World Cup, for sure I think teams can stop them. England are on a bit of a roll and have lost just one game since Eddie Jones took charge,
“The All Blacks will be favourites I would imagine, along with England, Ireland, Australia, South Africa … the usual enemies will all be out there!”