Rugby Heyneke Meyer tips high-scoring World Cup

The 2015 Rugby World Cup will be a higher scoring affair than what some think, Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer said.

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Heyneke Meyer said rugby union's naysayers were off the mark, with the Springboks gearing up for what he expects will be a high-scoring 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Meyer's men are in Brisbane for a Rugby Championship Test against Australia on Saturday, as they begin their competitive lead-up towards England/Wales - with the World Cup kicking off in September.

One only has to look as far as the All Blacks' recent trip to Samoa - where the reigning world champions scored the lone try - to see an example of a lack of penetration in attack among rugby's elite.

But Meyer said the conditions in the UK will suit attacking rugby, which he thinks will be the norm when the 32-nation tournament kicks off on September 18.

"There's a perception out there that it will be slow and sluggish in muddy conditions, but visiting all the venues, most of them have brilliant surfaces," Meyer told a news conference.

"They are mostly soccer fields, which is very thin grass and quite fast. Gone are the days when the World Cup is just a short ball in play, mostly scrummaging and kicking for points.

"Guys will attack and take each other on so you can't just rely on the kicking game and you have to be fit and have guys who can play at a high pace."

Meyer said the benchmark was Super Rugby, with the 2015 season so far producing the most average tries per game - just over five - since the 2010 campaign.

"I think that's where rugby has changed the most in the last two years - it's an unbelievable pace," the 47-year-old said.

"Suddenly there are smaller nines coming back into the game because everybody wants quick ball.

"I think the World Cup is going to be played at more or less the same pace as Super Rugby.

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