So is Sunday’s game against Wales in Tokyo a must win game?

“A win’s a win. Just like any test, you don’t want to lose a test," says Campese. "The best thing is in your hands. If you can create opportunities, go for it.

"You know, you can’t just pick up with, ‘Why didn’t we do that?’ You can’t believe that off the paddock, you’ve just got to give the whole 80 minutes everything you’ve got, and then move onto the next game.”

So ultimately, who does Campo believe will be holding the Webb Ellis Cup aloft on November 2? The scorer of a word-record international tries initially hedges his bets...

“The South Africans are dangerous," he says. "I mean, with the French, who knows? As you know, the French, mate, you don’t know what they’re going to bloody do!”

Knowing how slippery Campese was to tackle on the rugby field, I decided to push my luck and get a name.  Eventually, I gave Campese the scenario of if I gave him $10 to put a bet on a team to win the cup, who was he going to plump for.  He gave me his answer…


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