Rugby World Cup 2019 predictions

Discussion in 'Rugby World Cup 2019' started by Dropkick1, May 10, 2017.

  1. Groundhog

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    I think looking at the world rankings we should run a system whereby the team that finishes top of the Rugby Championship gets the chance to pay Italy and get promoted to the 6 nations. Yeah it might dilute the quality of the 6 nations for a few years, but it would do a lot to spread rugby to minnow nations like New Zealand who were thoroughly beaten by Australia, a country where rugby union is about as popular as yelling bomb at an airport.
     
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    If New Zealand vs Australia is a repeat of Australia vs New Zealand last week, Wales vs England is also a repeat of England vs Wales, and South Africa beat Argentina again, the World Rugby Rankings will be:

    1 England
    2 Ireland
    3 Wales
    4 Australia
    5 South Africa
    6 New Zealand

    I think we can just draw a line under that, ring fence it, and call it Six Nations. No need to play a relegation match!
     
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    Honestly would prefer a six-way round robin between those teams to a world cup.
     
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    This was funny considering you support Ireland and your last semi final was 28 years ago

    Lets look at the last WC's -

    SH titles 7 - NH -1

    Now lets go to semi finals of NH teams

    2015 -0
    2011 -2
    2007 -1
    2003 -2
    1999 -1
    1995 -2
    1991 -2
    1987 -2

    World Rankings mean nothing

    South Africa won the Champions Trophy and are in sixth
     
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    Is there a force field at the equator that blocks sarcasm or something?
     
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    Have we a corner we can put this fella in to think about his mistakes.
     
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    Blocks what?
     
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    The possibility of a Japan - New Zealand QF got me thinking... Here's New Zealand's record in RWC games against host countries:

    W 1991 England 12 - 18 New Zealand at Twickenham (Pool game)
    W 1991 Scotland 6 - 13 New Zealand in Cardiff (Bronze Final, venue not in Scotland)
    L 1995 South Africa 15 - 12 New Zealand (Final, a.e.t.)
    L 2003 Australia 22 - 10 New Zealand (Semifinal)
    L 2007 France 20 - 18 New Zealand in Cardiff (Quarterfinal, venue not in France)

    We always seem to choke when we have to knock out a host country.

    Outside of that we have only lost 3 other world cup games - once each to Australia (1991 SF), France (1999 SF) and South Africa (1999 BF). I'm getting deja vu...
     
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    Just have three years to work on your world rankings, with a more even, randomised, distribution of who plays who during that time, and then the top 6 ranked teams can compete in the fourth year. With a final at the end.
     
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    I'd love it if Ireland won it. I'm 1/8 Irish. :)
    And yes, I still love France.
     
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    Is it possible to have a poll ?
     
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    You seem to have a few bases covered what with your flag too!
     
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    I cannot see South Africa winning it. The squad for the World Cup has not been announced yet, and the government requires them to have a lot of non-white players in the squad, which will leave out a lot of good players.
     
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    Well the all blacks have been honing a dual playmaker game plan this year and last; they lost Damian McKenzie but decided to stick with the plan, shifting barret to fullback and starting mounga at ten. Now maybe mounga is out, meaning they will have to change their game plan because there are simply no playmakers left of international standard.

    My biggest worry for the wc is that the team aren’t smart enough to adapt on their own, that they need their coaches to tell them what to do. They lost last week and then their coaches told them what to change and then they won. You don’t get a second chance in a World Cup

    How many? Is this a new thing? Because they have had targets for a while and rassie hasn’t done too bad a job of sticking to them. Unless there are new requirements from the government their squad will be similar to what has been playing this and last year. And they have been quite good since rassie started.
     
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    https://www.sarugbymag.co.za/67018-2/

    I really don't think transformation targets will affect the squad selection. Rassie has done well there too, although he is also fortunate that the form front row consists of three black players, which I didn't think would be the case a year ago.
     
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