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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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zebthecat 12:52 Fri Oct 18
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Admiral Lard 12:27 Fri Oct 18

My head agrees with your head.
Only worry is if Farrell has a melt-down at 10 like he did against Scotland. Finn Russell knew exactly what he was going to do pretty much every time he got the ball and Farrell fell to bits.

crystal falace 12:48 Fri Oct 18
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Be interesting to see if the 3 teams who have had extended breaks due to the weather come out looking fresh and rested or slightly rusty and off their game, particularly France and England who havent really faced any stiff competition up until this point.

Admiral Lard 12:27 Fri Oct 18
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Prediction for the semis - Head says

England vs New Zealand
South Africa vs Wales

Prediction for the semis - Heart says

England Vs ireland
Japan Vs France

Northern Sold 11:49 Fri Oct 18
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
`I’m sure they won’t have read any Irish criticism as they are too busy sewing sequins on their kit for the prematch dance`.


Ha ha ha.... very good Sven... just for that I'll make sure the boys go easy on your lot tomorrow...

East Auckland Hammer 10:54 Fri Oct 18
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Zzzzzzzzz

Sven Roeder 10:18 Fri Oct 18
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Obviously Australia were never in the running.
Thank God!

I see you are happy for NZ cricket to be serial losers cos they are GOOD GUYS.
And then get upset when your only team that wins anything gets called out as ARROGANT TOSSPOTS

I’m sure they won’t have read any Irish criticism as they are too busy sewing sequins on their kit for the prematch dance.

Eerie Descent 10:11 Fri Oct 18
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Sven Roeder 9:09 Fri

LOL

East Auckland Hammer 9:29 Fri Oct 18
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
No way will I support Australia Sven.

North Korea though....

Sven Roeder 9:09 Fri Oct 18
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
So that’s Ireland out of contention to be Jonah’s ‘second team’ then.

Think only North Korea and Paedo Island are still in the running.

Takashi Miike 8:53 Fri Oct 18
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
'so much motivation'. yes, I bet your players are obsessed like you with everything written in the Irish press, and worried that the weather won't be quite right for the next 100 POINTS

Far Cough 7:42 Fri Oct 18
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
The best ref there is. I saw something funny the other day on Youtube, Nigel Owens somehow ended up with the ball in his hands from open play, I was waiting for someone to tackle him

East Auckland Hammer 3:02 Fri Oct 18
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Not really Ronald.

Not that they needed it, but I can't see how providing so much motivation for the ABs before the game is going to help Ireland.

It's certainly not going to make Owens referee any differently.

bruuuno 1:57 Fri Oct 18
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
YOU CANT HANDLE THE TRUTH

Ronald_antly 1:49 Fri Oct 18
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
The truth hurts, eh Jonah?

East Auckland Hammer 11:41 Thu Oct 17
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Tell you what, the fucking Irish press aren't pulling any punches.

So many articles on how poor the ABs are in comparison to the 2011 and 2015 sides.

So many articles on how devious, thuggish, under-handed, and brutal the AB cheats are.

I don't think there's been a former Irish player who hasn't been interviewed and stuck the boot in.

I hope we absolutely smash the shit out of them.

White Pony 11:28 Thu Oct 17
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
My only prediction is that England won't win the WC. Let's face it, the Kiwis will win it at a canter.

Son of Sam 10:41 Thu Oct 17
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Ireland
South Africa
France
England

East Auckland Hammer 10:27 Thu Oct 17
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
They do, but Japan have been so clinical and play at a pace that could be the undoing of SA, especially the longer the game goes on.

SA have gone all-in on their forward pack with 6 forward reserves too, so their game-plan is pretty clear.

Can they stick with the Japanese for 80 mins? Because you know they're going to keep going at a million miles an hour for the whole game.

Far Cough 10:17 Thu Oct 17
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Don't think so and of course SA have Faf

East Auckland Hammer 10:15 Thu Oct 17
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Anyone else got any predictions for the 1/4 finals?

I'm starting to think that perhaps Japan might be able to do a number on SA.

arsene york-hunt 9:31 Thu Oct 17
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Are New Zealand still being allowed to do that dance before each match. I think it's cultural appropriation as they've clearly nicked it from the gay community

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