- Apr 9, 2010
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Venue: Stade de France
Time: 22:00 CAT (SA, GMT+2)
The French improvement under Brunel is real enough that Fiji won't get a sniff here.
France will be wearing rainbow coloured laces in support of Gareth Thomas (reportedly assaulted due to his sexuality last week). Rather a classy touch.
I don't see Fiji doing much at the RWC to be honest. Their pack against Scotland was pretty poor. I'd rate Tonga, and maybe eve Samoa as having a better pack. Hopefully Fiji make me eat my words tomorrow.On the other hand, Fiji weren't too impressive against Scotland so will need to improve a lot to make a game of fit, notwithstanding the talent the Fijians have at the moment. I'm hoping Fiji can upset a few people in Japan next year. Can they knock off either Wales or Australia?
LOL. LOLFiji up to 8th. They beat an improving France after being dismantled by Scotland just a fortnight ago? I didn't think their forwards would give their side any sort of platform in this game.
No surprise. Brunel picked a pack of plodders and got what he deserved. Brunel's coaching ticket is 2nd division. They wouldn't get hired in Top 14.That's a surprise! and an upset in the rankings - Fiji up to 8th place.
If Ireland have a good 6N season in 2019, (and warm-up games in August), they will be the top ranked team and the favourite going to Japan.The last two weeks:
NH no. 1 beat SH 1
NH 2 beat SH 2
NH 3 beat SH 3
NH 4 beat SH 4
Just shows what "tier 2" teams can do if they get some decent preparation time. That first week before Scotland was a "getting to know you" week. They've improved since then.Fiji up to 8th. They beat an improving France after being dismantled by Scotland just a fortnight ago? I didn't think their forwards would give their side any sort of platform in this game.
*eats his words in disbelief*
I think this is an unforeseen side effect of the loss of form of SA and Aus, they are too far below New Zealand for the wins against them to count for much. Ireland have tougher competition all things considered, so they can improve their ranking through beating them.If Ireland have a good 6N season in 2019, (and warm-up games in August), they will be the top ranked team and the favourite going to Japan.
Regardless of how much NZ wins their one remaining game vs Australia by - Ireland only have to gain 2 RP and now Wales/England/Scotland have enough.
(as long as they don't lose to France...)
Not saying I think it will happen that way, just that it will be decided in the NH.