Former All Black lock Colin Meads believes New Zealand and Australia have made an error in choosing to go into camp instead of playing competitive matches prior to the World Cup.
Australia prepare in their training camps
"I have a worry with the All Blacks - that is, they're not
playing," said Meads.
"In my day if you didn't play
every week, it felt like you were starting the season all over
"The northern hemisphere teams (England and France) are all
playing and New Zealand and Australia are not. I think they
"It's a southern hemisphere tournament and it's meant to
suit us better than the northern hemisphere nations so from that
point of view I think we've got it a little bit wrong."
The 67-year-old also believes England should be made favourites for the tournament.
"I think the hot favourites, from what we've seen over the
past six months, are England," said Meads.
"They've got Jonny Wilkinson, who is an excellent kicker."