RUGBY UNION World Cup holders South Africa inflicted England’s heaviest defeat ever at Twickenham as Martin Johnson’s charges were humiliated 42-6.

The brutal five-nil try margin raises the possibility of even worse to come as the All Blacks arrive at Headquarters tomorrow (Saturday). The all-conquering New Zealanders will be looking for another Grand Slam performance after flattening spirited Wales 29-9 in their latest outing.

Elsewhere, Ireland and Scotland proved too good for second tier Argentina and Canada respectively while France were beaten 18-13 by visiting Australia. Down Under the Wallabies’ Rugby League counterparts were on the wrong end of a major sporting upset as New Zealand won the discipline’s World Cup final 34-20 to end the home nation’s 33-year domination of the tournament.