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The Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools drawn and IRB awards given

Ireland have been misfiring quite a lot, especially when you consider the Summer tours, Italy again can be dangerous, but they can also be terrible (to a point) I'm not sure who they have as a 10 at the moment, but they haven't had a decent one for a little while.

So France on top of their game are always dangerous. They aren't facing Argentina, England or a bruising Samoan team. I also think the English would be more bruising than the Irish.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

The Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools drawn and IRB awards given

A few questions for anyone that can answer:

How long before the 2011 RWC and indeed the others were the pools announced? I'm just wondering if announcing the pools this early is a little premature as in theory the rankings could change, Scotland has played some decent rugby recently, but if that was just an upward blip on a downward trend then they could be expected to fall lower and lower, and would it be fair on other teams who perhaps might climb to 12 by mid 2013 to have missed a sure spot because the draw was so early? (just my thoughts)

Also, I have been reading how Wales want to play England in Cardiff, now, to me this is madness. The RWC was either given to England to host, or it was given collectively to the UK. Now if it was given to England then there is no way ANY games should be played outside of England, unless (at the most) it's non "home nation" games, so for instance Scotland vs SA should be held in England, not in Scotland, however SA vs Samoa could be held in Murrayfield.

Now if it was given to the UK with England as perhaps the main host nation, then I think each of the "home nations" for the UK should be able to play in their home pitches, however if you had in this case England vs Wales, then it should be played in Twickenham because England was the main host nation.

It just seems a little unfair in some respects, I mean in the 2011 RWC NZ were the hosts, were there any matches played in Australia? It is only a stones throw away.... 2007 RWC was France, there were no matches played in England, and that is again very close.

I also wonder if England has any decent sized stadiums beside Twickenham?

1 Year, 4 Months ago

The Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools drawn and IRB awards given

Isn't it the top 12 that are automatically in? Each pool has 3 international teams already selected, 4 pools, 3x4=12... So number 1 is NZ, number 12 is Scotland, seems like Scotland got in by the skin of their teeth...who else would you put in?

1 Year, 4 Months ago

The Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools drawn and IRB awards given

Lol, I think Australia could be in a fair group, unless they had swapped with France (which would have been better for them).

Your comment had me cracking up though!

1 Year, 4 Months ago

The Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools drawn and IRB awards given

No idea who I'd give it to. Not sure Lancaster would be my choice either, England looks to have progressed some, but the inconsistencies have perhaps to be overcome (I hope for the England team and fans alike sake this AB game is the beginnings), but yes you're probably right, the only one that's really in the runnings would have been Hansen, perhaps Santiago Phelan (the Arg coach) look how far they have come.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

The Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools drawn and IRB awards given

As TechnoMouse said, it's 3 years away, who knows who could retire by then, who might fall foul with injury, etc. Dan Carter will be 33? Richie McCaw 35? I'm not suggesting these two players hold up the NZ team, however they are two huge names within the game, so for NZ who appear to have a relatively "easy" pool (No offence intended to Tonga or Argentina who are two big rugby nations in their own right) things could change (and not for the best either!).

The rest of the pools.. Pool A could be the most interesting in some respects, Aus, Wales and England, all really have a good shot at the 1st and 2nd spot in that pool. Pool B, pretty sure SA are going to lead this group, could be Scotlands chance to make it out of the pools if they can squeeze a win over Samoa. Pool D, possibly the most predictable, I can see France heading this one with Ireland in 2nd place. But as mentioned before this a lot can happen in 3 years.

As for the awards. Can't really argue with NZ winning it, they came off the RWC wins and just kept on winning, (they did have a draw against Aus, and a loss against Eng, but by far the best win loss ratio this year).

I can't understand why Steve Hansen has got the award though, unless they felt he played a key role as the assistant before hand... because he has sort of adopted a winning team, and they just kept winning....

Dan Carter? Maybe, probably, I don't really know...

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Kurtley Beale late try snatches win for Wallabies over Wales

Well...uh...well said...

1 Year, 4 Months ago

England upset the All Blacks with famous win at Twickenham

"check out the perfect, subtle cheating at 1.02: NZ #13 ENG #10 strolling along, hand in hand, but only one player is benefiting..."

How do you know only one player benefited? NZ 13 may have been courting the Eng 10, if they're holding hands he may have suceeded in the first stage, this could result in a beautiful relationship..

1 Year, 4 Months ago

England upset the All Blacks with famous win at Twickenham

I agree that the apparent illness probably took it's toll on the NZ team, but I personally use that phrase when a team plays so badly and allows another bad team to get a win, for instance I hear the Australia Wales match was a case of Wales playing the better rugby, but also losing the match with a give away opportunity. Whereas from what I here, England ran rampant through their own skill and NZ couldn't keep up...

1 Year, 4 Months ago

England upset the All Blacks with famous win at Twickenham

Thank you for your reply Leadbitter.

From what I hear and have seen on these highlights, England did play very well.

I was not suggesting that NZ "let England win" or were not up to the task. However I feel the early stages at which England is in, would not have beaten NZ "on a good day". I fear I'm leaving myself open to criticism here, and to form any sort of negative comment on this game is not what I am trying to do. I do think legally targeting McCaw is one of the only ways to stop NZ's attack, or counter-attack, as with Australia and Pocock.

My sympathy for the next team is not due to me feeling they will have a guaranteed loss, but the "bounce back" reaction that NZ have in the past possessed suggests that they will come out all guns blazing, so it will probably be a hard fought match.

I for one like to see any success in "under-dogs"; again, that is not an insult, it is merely a comment on how NZ were the favourites, and thus, by default Eng were the under-dogs. Although in some respects England have not been performing as well as they have done in the past, so I hope England continue to climb, it is a bit disappointing for a rugby community to see them go from World Champions down to average - poor - good - poor - average etc etc.. Last time against Aus they produced a great game against the Aussies, this autumn they failed etc, I hope as you say it will be the start of something.

It is particularly encouraging that all the Kiwi fans on here have so far shown a great amount of humbleness. The NZ management again have been very congratulatory, all in all I imagine this has probably given NZ a reality check that they're NOT unbeatable, it's given England a reality check that they CAN beat the best, and probably the rest of the world an eye opener that they are never out of the race.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

 
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