Sam Warburton, Greig Laidlaw, Rory Best, Dylan Hartley, Guilhem Guirado and Sergio Parisse at the Six Nations launch
Sam Warburton, Greig Laidlaw, Rory Best, Dylan Hartley, Guilhem Guirado and Sergio Parisse at the Six Nations launch, The Hurlingham Club, London, January 27, 2016 © Getty Images
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Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell looks forward to the first round of Rugby World Cup knockout action.
New Zealand and Australia are peaking at the right time, with Argentina hovering, while Ireland and Wales are threats from the north if they can both find 15 fit men to take the field.
As round two of the Rugby World Cup kick offs, we present Opta Sports stats to whet your appetite.

RaboDirect PRO12

  P W D L Pts
Leinster 22 17 1 4 82
Glasgow 22 18 0 4 79
Munster 22 16 0 6 74
Ulster 22 15 0 7 70
Ospreys 22 13 1 8 66
Scarlets 22 11 1 10 55
Cardiff Blues 22 8 1 13 41
Edinburgh 22 7 0 15 38
Dragons 22 7 1 14 35
Connacht 22 6 0 16 35
Benetton Treviso 22 5 1 16 30
Zebre 22 5 2 15 29
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  • Sam Warburton, Greig Laidlaw, Rory Best, Dylan Hartley, Guilhem Guirado and Sergio Parisse at the Six Nations launch

    Sam Warburton, Greig Laidlaw, Rory Best, Dylan Hartley, Guilhem Guirado and Sergio Parisse at the Six Nations launch
    © Getty Images

  •  Rob Kearney of Ireland scores to extend their lead early in the second half

    Rob Kearney of Ireland scores to extend their lead early in the second half
    © Getty Images

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