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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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Ronald_antly 3:05 Sun Oct 20
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Fortunately Ben Skeen can't be involved next weekend.

Oh my goodness!

Northern Sold 1:49 Sun Oct 20
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
We was immense today... we;ll give them a game next week

, 1:27 Sun Oct 20
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
The ABs did a job on a fast fading Ireland team which, make no mistake, is a shadow of its former self.

NZ/England game next week is for me the real WC final.

Takashi Miike 1:21 Sun Oct 20
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
kieran read was brilliant today, that he's a top bloke too just adds to his quality

East Auckland Hammer 12:36 Sun Oct 20
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
I thought England played pretty well yesterday, albeit against a very limited Australian side.

It wasn't too difficult for England to deal with the pedestrian nature of the Australian pick and go and forward play, and their only other option was to swing it wide and hope that Kerevi or Koroibete did something. They did make some pretty decent half breaks on occasion, but Australia weren't really capable to taking advantage.

England capitalised on Australian mistakes and indiscretions pretty well and if they can play like that next week, should be a stern test for the ABs.

As for the ABs vs Ireland game, we fucking smashed them from start to finish, and I'm glad we did with all the rubbish coming out by former players and pundits recently.

The performance was pretty ruthless and I think it will take a heck of am effort from England to stop the ABs next weekend.

DocMarten 12:32 Sun Oct 20
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
One things for certain, England / ABs will not be for the faint hearted. It will be brutal..

I think Eerie is probably correct in that England look the best side to give them a game. Will it be enough? We’ll find out next week.

Can’t wait.

Chigwell 12:27 Sun Oct 20
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
I'm conflicted about next week's match - being dual nationality UK and NZ. One parent of each. Born there, brought up here. In the cricket World Cup I supported England because I have followed them for years and thought they deserved to win (at least, until the last few overs). In RU I have always preferred NZ, well who wouldn't given the way they play? Rugby means a lot to the self-confidence of NZ and their limited population and resources makes achievement at a global level so impressive.

East Auckland Hammer 12:14 Sun Oct 20
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Side of Ham 10:05 Sat Oct 19

So the whole reason for your anti-AB stance is that the players are black and the supporters are white?

That's really REALLY strange.

zebthecat 11:56 Sat Oct 19
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
We are going to have disrupt ABs getting quick ball at the breakdown somehow. Curry and Underhill were brilliant today unlike the Irish back row who were anonymous (apart from picking up silly pens).
Do that and we have a chance. If the All Blacks can get quick possession we are fucked.

Side of Ham 10:05 Sat Oct 19
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
I’ve found what it is that gets to me with the All Blacks and it’s not the team or that they are exceptional as they are in the main the indigenous people representing them. It’s when they pan in on the crowd and the ‘All Black Fans’ are these latter generation invaders that rarely look like they’ve played the game and can just afford the better things over there.

Percy Dalton 9:59 Sat Oct 19
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
We need to be at our best with the kiwi's to have an off day.
Can't see that happening next week but who knows think it will be tighter than you think.

Far Cough 9:50 Sat Oct 19
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
I rate Sven worse than Jonah Lomas and that's some fucking achievement

Side of Ham 9:46 Sat Oct 19
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Sven, WEasel?

Admiral Lard 2:00 Sat Oct 19
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
The All Blacks are going to take some stopping.More or less the perfect half of rugby from them

Eerie Descent 1:57 Sat Oct 19
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
To be honest mate, for anyone to beat them, they have to have a serious off day. We look best equipped to give them a test, but they could quite easily roll us over.

Still, as good as they are, they seem to be able to operate with a different set of referee rules to everyone else.

Son of Sam 1:54 Sat Oct 19
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Tactics Eerie, just lull them into a false sense of security and take em in the second half

* Slopes away miserably from thread to get streams and a cuppa ready for Goodison Park*

FMOB Worst half of handling I have ever seen, But I hope your mob smash them next weekend.

fraser 1:47 Sat Oct 19
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Sven son

"ps We still have the Ashes
And Steve Smith made another century today"

Think you'll find Australia have them.

Admiral Lard 1:46 Sat Oct 19
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
The only possible advantage for England is that the ABs have not been seriously tested since their opening game.

Not sure it will make a jot of difference for the semi final

We'll just have to see next Saturday morning

zebthecat 1:45 Sat Oct 19
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
All over

Eerie Descent 1:40 Sat Oct 19
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Son of Sam 11:02 Sat Oct 19
Strange Aussie side this , very erratic, England get some points on early doors second half and its game over.
Nice appetiser this for the main event.




Some main event this, Son.

Odds on Ireland getting a point on the board?

Lee Trundle 1:37 Sat Oct 19
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Owens has had a length of all black before this game.

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