This one is going to be hard! I'd like to say France is a definite with a battle between Ireland and Argentina for the other spot, but anything is possible really! My head says France and Ireland. However, Argentina have a huge chance of beating Ireland and will be a huge threat to France. [/b]
If Ireland have their full team healthy i cant see them getting knocked out in the group stages. They can certainly beat France. There's no question about that.
I haven't checked the Heineken cup area to see if this has been discussed but I'm a bit suspicious of Ireland and France having all their teams knocked out so early. I think they're planning to get their players rested for the world cup. It's pretty suspicious.
Biarritz lost to Northampton
Leinster got trashed by Wasps
Munster lost to Llanelli
I just think the fact that not 1 Irish or French team got through is a bit suspicious and that the worst English team got through.
Oi! Munster weren't "annihilated" - they were just outplayed by the next champions of Europe. And we let the Welsh have that one because we're preparing to be the next champions of the World.
I'm confident that Ireland and France will send Argentina packing with points to spare. Ireland have the measure of France, but les Bleus should make Stade de France advantage pay. This group could end up a lot more cut and dried than we imagine.
But I hate it when Redunderthebed makes predictions - he gets them right.
I'm not making excuses but Munster and Leinster have a massive disadvantage compared to any of the Welsh, English and French teams, more then half of the Munster team were away on international duties