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With less than three weeks to go before the 2019 Rugby World Cup coaches name their final squads, and 41 days before the tournament kicks off in Tokyo, it is a nervous time for players.

While warm-up games — and there are plenty this weekend in addition to the final round of Pacific Nations Cup and Rugby Championship games — give those deemed borderline a chance to impress, the significant rise in intensity at training ahead of those matches can also see dreams shattered.

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