Test Rugby Rugby World Cup - Japan 2019 Thread - 20th September to 2nd November

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With a month until the start of the 2019 Rugby World and the last of the warm up matches finishing the Rugby world's eyes turn towards Japan as they host the first World Cup outside of the Tier 1 nations.

New Zealand come into the World Cup having won the last two versions of the Cup, but are starting to show signs that their reign is being challenged not only in the Southern Hemisphere by South Africa but also in the North by the likes of Wales, England and Ireland. Australia had a record breaking Bledisloe Cup win over New Zealand that gave them hope which was then crushed the following week at Eden Park, how they respond as a team will go a long way to see if they get out of the group and challenge in the knock out rounds.

This World Cup is balanced to be one of the finest in quite a while with 5 teams in with a real shot of winning it and the chasing pack all able to play exciting Rugby that could blow up the script at any moment.

The Pool matches to look out for are the Pool A matches between Ireland vs Scotland (22nd Sept) and Japan vs Scotland (13th Oct) as both will decide the make up of the pool and the positions within it. If Scotland lose to Ireland they will need to beat Japan off 4 days rest to finish 2nd and after the last World Cup we know Japan love a fairytail (and want revenge on the Scots). Pool B lock in New Zealand vs South Africa (21st Sept) as a must watch. The last three matches between the two have been classics. Pool C is any match England, France or Argentina as they have all lost matches in the last year when leading by 3 tries. But the ones to watch is France vs Argentina (21th Sept) and England vs Argentina (5th Oct) as Argentina should go though to the knock out stages and its just a case of who they knock out. Pool D is simple Australia vs Wales (29th Sept) is the important game which decides the path for both nations.
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So for those of you interested in watching here are the details.
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Kayo also will take Fox's coverage.

So enjoy the World Cup
 

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"Both" quarters?

Not a bad group for us, certainly better than group B.
Group A looks softish for the hosts and they would fancy their chances.
 

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World Cup squads are being named, here are the favorites named so far

Australia
Backs
: Kurtley Beale, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Marika Koroibete, Jordan Petaia, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, James O'Connor, Samu Kerevi, Matt Toomua, Christian Lealiifano, Bernard Foley, Nic White, Will Genia.
Forwards: Isi Naisarani, Jack Dempsey, Michael Hooper (captain), David Pocock, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Rory Arnold, Izack Rodda, Adam Coleman, Rob Simmons, Allan Alaalatoa, Taniela Tupou, Sekope Kepu, Scott Sio, James Slipper, Tolu Latu, Folau Fainga'a, Jordan Uelese

New Zealand
Backs:
Jordie Barrett, Ben Smith, Sevu Reece, George Bridge, Rieko Ioane, Jack Goodhue, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams, Beauden Barrett, Richie Mo'unga, Aaron Smith, TJ Perenara, Brad Weber.
Forwards: Kieran Read (capt), Ardie Savea, Sam Cane, Matt Todd, Luke Jacobson, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Patrick Tuipulotu, Nepo Laulala, Angus Ta'avao, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Joe Moody, Atu Moli, Dane Coles, Codie Taylor, Liam Coltman.

Wales
Backs:
Aled Davies, Gareth Davies, Tomos Williams, Gareth Anscombe, Dan Biggar, Jarrod Evans, Rhys Patchell, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Owen Watkin, Scott Williams, Josh Adams, Hallam Amos, Steff Evans, Leigh Halfpenny, Owen Lane, George North, Jonah Holmes, Liam Williams
Forwards: Leon Brown, Rhys Carre, Rob Evans, Tomas Francis, Wyn Jones, Samson Lee, Dillon Lewis, Nicky Smith, Elliot Dee, Ryan Elias, Ken Owens, Jake Ball, Adam Beard, Bradley Davies, Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones, James Davies, Taulupe Faletau, Ross Moriarty, Josh Navidi, Aaron Shingler, Justin Tipuric, Aaron Wainwright.

England
Forwards:
Dan Cole, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tom Curry, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler, Jack Singleton, Sam Underhill, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Mark Wilson
Backs: Joe Cokanasiga, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Piers Francis, Willi Heinz, Jonathan Joseph, Jonny May, Ruaridh McConnochie, Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Anthony Watson, Ben Youngs

South Africa
Forwards:
Schalk Brits, Lood de Jager, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Siya Kolisi, Francois Louw, Frans Malherbe, Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi, Tendai Mtawarira, Franco Mostert, Trevor Nyakane, Kwagga Smith, RG Snyman, Duane Vermeulen
Backs: Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Faf de Klerk, Warrick Gelant, Elton Jantjies, Herschel Jantjies, Cheslin Kolbe, Jesse Kriel, Makazole Mapimpi, S'bu Nkosi, Willie le Roux, Handre Pollard, Cobus Reinach, Frans Steyn

Ireland
Forwards:
Rory Best (c), Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy, Dave Kilcoyne, Iain Henderson, Jean Kleyn, Peter O’Mahony, Andrew Porter, Rhys Ruddock, James Ryan, John Ryan, Niall Scannell, CJ Stander, Josh van der Flier
Backs: Bundee Aki, Joey Carbery, Jack Carty, Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Robbie Henshaw, Rob Kearney, Jordan Larmour, Luke McGrath, Conor Murray, Garry Ringrose, Jonathan Sexton, Jacob Stockdale


Here the squad for each team: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_Rugby_World_Cup_squads
 
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This is shaping up to be the best World Cup in a long time I think... With NZ not looking the unstoppable force of WC's gone by, there's anticipation in the air... I'd absolutely love to see either The Wallabies or Irish in a final at the end of things. It just has a feeling like anything could happen & there are going to be some upsets.

Bloody pumped!!
 

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Scotland

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Group C is hardest to pick.

My guess:

A: Ireland, Scotland
B: NZ, RSA
C: England, Argentina
D: Wales, Australia


QF1 England vs Australia :(
QF2 NZ vs Scotland
QF3 Wales vs Argentina
QF4 Ireland vs RSA

SF1 England vs NZ
SF2 Wales vs RSA

F NZ vs Wales
 

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