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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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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.

Hermit Road 1:36 Sat Oct 19
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
In fairness, that second try was as clear a forward pass as you’ll see. Bit pointless having a TMO if you don’t use it for that. It wasn’t marginal.

zebthecat 1:32 Sat Oct 19
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Taking the term "choke tackle" too literally there

Son of Sam 1:32 Sat Oct 19
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Embarrassing so far

Lee Trundle 1:30 Sat Oct 19
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Ireland will be destroyed here.

Shame they're so shit as we could have done with the all blacks being beaten up a bit.

Takashi Miike 1:30 Sat Oct 19
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
terrible defence from ireland, the number eleven needs taking off

Hermit Road 1:30 Sat Oct 19
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
clear forward pass

zebthecat 1:30 Sat Oct 19
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Great pass by the magic mullet

Eerie Descent 1:25 Sat Oct 19
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
This Kiwi team are a level above England, and a few levels above everyone else. Ireland are not very good, and they could get absolutely pumped here.

Sven Roeder 1:25 Sat Oct 19
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Sorry , have been at the gym keeping an eye on the score while sculpting the perfection that is my body. No link

Well done England, miles superior and the only team that will realistically give the Kiwis a game. Basically the final next Saturday.

No great surprise for Australia who have been poor and getting poorer since playing in the last final.
Presume the coach will get the boot but the problems for union run deeper. Not sure what they are doing to attract LARGE rugby shaped players or smaller lads with good hands but basically AFL have planted two teams in their heartlands and hoovering up all the talented 17yo's via their national draft.
Next month they will recruit another 90 boys most of whom will be 17/18 yo. Any 17yo who is 6ft 4 and can run 100m in 12 secs or can handle an oval ball will have been tracked down and tempted with a contract.
Rugby has been snoozing and if their base is restricted to private school types and South Sea Island imports they arent improving any time soon.

Good luck to the 7 teams left.


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

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