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Admiral Lard 1:37 Sat Sep 14
Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Here we go again..... World rankings (what a joke) have Ireland as number 1 (Ichi ban) followed by the ABs, England, Saffas, Wales and the Wallabies.

https://www.world.rugby/rankings/mru?lang=en

No doubt in my mind the All Blacks are outstanding favourites though very occasionally beatable. To understand the extent of the ABs dominance, take a look at these scary stats;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_New_Zealand_rugby_union_Test_matches#2010s

Of the chasing pack there was little to be read from the NH warm up matches though the all preparations England's appeared to be the most positive. How much that will count in Japan is impossible to say. The truth will out-come the 20th September.

As an Englishman none of the chasing pack hold too many fears on neutral territory. The Celtic nations tend to play up against England at home, they won't have that advantage in this tournament.

IMHO Ireland are a good team in decline, can they turn it around and get back to the team of 2017/18? On their day Wales can beat anyone but, they have taken over the All Black’s mantle of perennial chokers. Scotland flatter to deceive, will always give the top sides a game without enough in the tank to be serious contenders.

The big questions surround the Wallabies and Saffas, always strong come RWC time. The Wallabies, in particular, have made great strides recently, I’m glad they are not in England’s pool. Much prefer to play them once we are in our stride.

The Saffas will be at it, come what may. Not sure of their route to the final but, I would expect to see them in the semis at least.

England’s pool, for once, looks winnable. Don’t get me wrong, Argentina and France will be formidable opponents but, we have two good warm up games in Tonga and the United States to sort ourselves out.

If there is one game I am really looking forward to it the hosts, Japan, Vs Scotland Sunday October 13th, 11:45 KO UK time. The venue is Japan’s Yokohama Stadium. At 85,000 it’s the largest in the country and the game is sold out. I have two mates who bought tickets last minute at list price for £250 a piece. To give you an idea they also have ¼ final tickets for £100.

If you’re looking for a game to rival the famous win at Brighton’s Amex Stadium in the 2015 this has to be the one.

This has the potential of being the best RWC tournament to date. On neutral territory for all the big rugby nations…… I can’t wait!

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Eerie Descent 12:24 Thu Oct 17
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Bore off Jonah you pus infected scab on the end of a genital wart.

East Auckland Hammer 12:17 Thu Oct 17
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
zebthecat 11:49 Wed Oct 16

You wouldn't have picked the French to beat NZ in 1999 or 2007 either though right? They were pretty unconvincing in all of their pool games in both of those tournaments but managed to turn it on in the knockout games.

And you wouldn't have picked them to push us all the way in the 2011 final after thrashing them in the group games?

Pedro 11:51 Wed Oct 16
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
England vs Wales final

zebthecat 11:49 Wed Oct 16
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
No way will France beat Wales, they are not a good team and do not have the mercurial that they used to.
I speak as someone who is a quarter French (OK, half Welsh too).

East Auckland Hammer 11:24 Wed Oct 16
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
I think SA would beat Wales in the semi if that's how they line up.

RM10 11:09 Wed Oct 16
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Wales easy route to the final and then trounced by the all blacks or england

East Auckland Hammer 10:38 Wed Oct 16
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
What I want to happen:

Australia beat England
Wales beat France
Japan beat SA
NZ beat Ireland

What I think will happen:

England beat Australia
Australia are shit.

France beat Wales
Complete guess. France can turn it on in a knock-out game like nobody else, as they have proved in most World Cups, but Wales have the ability to grind their way through adversity and get the result. France could win by 20 or lose by 10.

SA beat Japan
The Japanese bubble to be burst by the SA behemoths who manage to slow down the ruck ball, and create plenty of turnovers by holding up mauls. Should be a good match-up between Kolbe and all the Japanese.

NZ beat Ireland
Heavy rain forecast, which will help with Ireland's one-dimensional, attritional approach to the game, and make their box kicks dangerous.
If they can get hold of the ball.
The ABs will get it wide quickly with their new pod system, and then even wider to the finishers.
Ireland MUST score early and take every chance that comes their way.

East Auckland Hammer 8:55 Tue Oct 15
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Garces, Poite, Raynal and Ben Skeen as TMO?

Well, that's your game fucked. It'll still be going by the time our game starts.

pdcwhu 5:09 Mon Oct 14
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
When is it Over ?
Sooner the Better

crystal falace 10:43 Mon Oct 14
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Ireland vs NZ
Wales vs France
Japan vs South Africa
England vs Australia

4 very good games ahead

Sven Roeder 9:13 Mon Oct 14
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
... while drinking each other’s piss

Dan Walker interviewing Nicola Sturgeon on bbc breakfast ... finished by telling her you congratulated Scotland for beating Russia but have been a bit quiet since Sunday.
Then pressed her to admit she doesn’t want England to win the World Cup.
Ha ha ha

arsene york-hunt 11:23 Sun Oct 13
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
The object of rugby is singing rude songs in the shower together, win, lose or draw

East Auckland Hammer 10:26 Sun Oct 13
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Admiral Lard 6:35 Sun Oct 13

Japan definitely look to have broken through, and I think a lot of that is down to the Sunwolves inclusion in the Super Rugby comp. They've been able to play a lot of their team together week-in, week-out and coupled with Jamie Joseph and Tony Brown coaching both the Sunwolves and the national team, they've really been able to work on improving the skills, combinations and overall gameplay.

The Sunwolves are out of Super Rugby after next season, so it will be interesting to see the effect that has on things from here on.

I still don't think that there has been a huge improvement in the "lesser" teams. As I said before, a couple of weeks prior to the RWC, NZ beat Tonga 92-7.

And, I still maintain that you take the 30+ degree heat and 90+ % humidity out of the equation, and 63-0 vs Canada becomes 80+ and 71-9 over Namibia also becomes 80+, possibly close to 100.

I would also expect England, playing at Twickenham, to put 70 or 80 points on USA or Tonga.

I would also expect South Africa to put a shitload on Namibia and Canada at home.

Italy have gone backwards, Argentina's wins over Tonga and the US are their first wins for a year, Georgia won't improve any further unless they get to have a crack in the 6 Nations or at least play the bigger teams more regularly, and the Pacific Island sides are STILL hamstrung by the European (mostly French) club sides refusal to allow players to turn out for them.

Canada used to be half decent, but they've gone backwards, the USA should be better and maybe they'll get there on the back of their massive improvements in the Sevens game, and Uruguay are in the same boat as Georgia really.

The "lesser" teams might well be capable to performing well for periods against the big boys, as we saw with Namibia in the first half against us, but they still lost by 60 points.

The "lesser" sides have always been capable of performing well for periods though.

Be interesting to see how things pan out over the next cycle though.

Northern Sold 9:20 Sun Oct 13
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Our Vets footy club annual Jolly to Ascot next Saturday... 45 of us... had to find a boozer to watch the game en-route so sorted a Toby Carvery ... getting picked up at 7am... gonna be a long long day

Admiral Lard 6:35 Sun Oct 13
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
This has been a very different tournament to date. Maybe something of a C Change.

It feels like Japan have broken in to the top tier, mind you we've been feeling like that about Italy and Argentina for the last 15 years.

All the lesser teams aren't so lesser anymore. No one loses by 100 or 80 points anymore, largely because the lesser teams have professional players throughout.

It nay take a couple more world cups but, perhaps, the old guard will finally be challenged by teams outside the elite group

DocMarten 6:13 Sun Oct 13
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
I can’t believe Biggar will be fit. Looked out cold when he hit the floor last time out.

aldgate 6:12 Sun Oct 13
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Trying not to zoltaneer as I’ve had a ruined trip but my final highlight was just now sitting in emirates business in a japan top high fiving a startled jock as he went back to economy

Mart O 5:24 Sun Oct 13
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
"I'm just trying to get my youngest back to sleep"

I think we all know what that involves. Filthy paedo.

Takashi Miike 5:18 Sun Oct 13
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
I can't wait for our semi final v ireland

East Auckland Hammer 5:10 Sun Oct 13
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Joe C 4:58 Sun Oct 13

It's 3am and I'm just trying to get my youngest back to sleep so it wasn't great I agree.

Can always rely on poor old TM to react though. Poor wee fella just can't help himself.

I literally get him EVERY SINGLE TIME.

Hermit Road 5:04 Sun Oct 13
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
I reckon the South Africans are going to absolutely smear the Japs. If Scotland, who are shit managed to get that close, then South Africa will do serious damage

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