RLWC '22 Rugby League World Cup 2022

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moto748

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I really fancy trying to get to a Tonga game.

<checks fixtures> Well, they play PNG at St Helens. That's only down the road, and should be worth watching.
 

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This is shaping up to be the most competitive RLWC ever.

It's far from a walk in the park for Aus, there are multiple sides capable of winning this and winning any game on their day.
 

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Not optimistic about the England squad at all. There's not that much real world-class quality around, so a few injuries (and some strange selections?) have hit us hard. On paper, the squad doesn't look as a good as Samoa and Tonga, never mind Aus and NZ. Ryan Hall, for God's sake?
 

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Not optimistic about the England squad at all. There's not that much real world-class quality around, so a few injuries (and some strange selections?) have hit us hard. On paper, the squad doesn't look as a good as Samoa and Tonga, never mind Aus and NZ. Ryan Hall, for God's sake?
Realistically I don't think England are in the same class as the very best teams atm, particularly with the squads where a lot of the Aussie talent has decided to play for.

However what they do have is home town advantage which cam definitely give them an extra leg not just in motivation but also condition experience and familiarty. I wouldn't discount that boost.

Mind you, in regards to squad strength I don't see it as Australia's best squad either, particularly in the forward pack.
 

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Realistically I don't think England are in the same class as the very best teams atm, particularly with the squads where a lot of the Aussie talent has decided to play for.

However what they do have is home town advantage which cam definitely give them an extra leg not just in motivation but also condition experience and familiarty. I wouldn't discount that boost.

Mind you, in regards to squad strength I don't see it as Australia's best squad either, particularly in the forward pack.

It's a great backline for the Kangaroos but, agreed, not a particularly strong pack. It is fit and mobile though so, if the unseasonal heat wave continues in old blighty, it could definitely work to their advantage.
I'd still put the Kangaroos as clear favourites however the Kiwis and Toa Samoa are not far behind and definitely have the squads to pull off an upset.
Tonga lack the class in the halves but should still be well in the mix.
This is probably the weakest England squad I've ever seen, I'd seriously put them on the same pegging as Fiji. They're going to need the weather to turn cold, dreary and soggy if they're any chance of containing the antipodean sides.
Other than that, PNG and Ireland have decent squads and could potentially pull off an upset or two. It should be a ripper tournament, can't wait.
 

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It's a great backline for the Kangaroos but, agreed, not a particularly strong pack. It is fit and mobile though so, if the unseasonal heat wave continues in old blighty, it could definitely work to their advantage.
I'd still put the Kangaroos as clear favourites however the Kiwis and Toa Samoa are not far behind and definitely have the squads to pull off an upset.
Tonga lack the class in the halves but should still be well in the mix.
This is probably the weakest England squad I've ever seen, I'd seriously put them on the same pegging as Fiji. They're going to need the weather to turn cold, dreary and soggy if they're any chance of containing the antipodean sides.
Other than that, PNG and Ireland have decent squads and could potentially pull off an upset or two. It should be a ripper tournament, can't wait.
Agreed. I can make a case for 4 winners, Australia, NZ, Tonga, Samoa.

Probably been a long time (probably never before?) That I could realistically make that case for 4 sides heading into a RLWC.

If those 4 teams are the 4 semi final teams, we'll be having a ripper of a final 3 games.
 

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Not optimistic about the England squad at all. There's not that much real world-class quality around, so a few injuries (and some strange selections?) have hit us hard. On paper, the squad doesn't look as a good as Samoa and Tonga, never mind Aus and NZ. Ryan Hall, for God's sake?
Ryan Hall was a gun...10 years ago haha


England V Samoa in the first group match will be a great game.

I'm supporting Australia and Tonga. The only thing going for England is that they're hosting it.
 

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Ryan Hall was a gun...10 years ago haha


England V Samoa in the first group match will be a great game.

I'm supporting Australia and Tonga. The only thing going for England is that they're hosting it.
That Samoan side with a few NRL guns should absolutely s**t on England, but the home factor and crowd is a wildcard boost for them.
 

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I'm hoping Australia pick the side on form and go with Cleary/Munster ahead of DCE/Munster as the starting halves pairing.
 

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England win their warm-up against Fiji 50-0. I shudder to think how many the Kangaroos will put on them on Saturday, they looked like they'd never played together before..
 

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