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Rugby World Cup: Boks ace backs Butch James Schmidt's boys to succeed

By Robert Jones

Following their 24-9 win over France, Ireland now rank among the favourites to win the Rugby World Cup according to former Springbok fly half Butch James who was very impressed with Joe Schmidt's men.

"It was a brilliant performance by Ireland last night against the French," James said..

"I thought the Irish totally outplayed them in most aspects of the game. I think that performance has put them back up there as one of the favourites for the tournament again."

According to James, Ireland are now favourites alongside New Zealand and Australia.

The 2007 World Cup winner does not have South Africa in the top three, but reckons the underdogs tag could suit the Springboks.

"It's a nice position for South Africa to be in," he said.

"Not too many people are talking about them at the moment which is good... coming in under the radar, they can surprise a few teams."

South Africa take on Wales at Twickenham on Saturday (4pm) in the last eight.

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