World Cup 2007 Pools

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by SecondRow04, Dec 4, 2006.

  1. SecondRow04

    SecondRow04 Guest

    just thought id post the pools so far for the world cup next year:

    POOL A
    England
    South Africa
    Samoa
    USA

    POOL B
    Australia
    Wales
    Fiji
    Canada
    Japan

    POOL C
    New Zealand
    Scotland
    Italy
    Romania

    POOL D
    France
    Ireland
    Argentina
    Georgia
    Namibia
     
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  3. DanCarterite

    DanCarterite Guest

    Predictions for who's going through:

    POOL A
    England
    South Africa
    Samoa
    USA

    South Africa (W)
    Samoa (RU)

    POOL B
    Australia
    Wales
    Fiji
    Canada
    Japan

    Australia (W)
    Wales (RU)

    POOL C
    New Zealand
    Scotland
    Italy
    Romania

    New Zealand (W)
    Scotland (RU)

    POOL D
    France
    Ireland
    Argentina
    Georgia
    Namibia

    Ireland (W)
    Argentina (RU)

    Pool D is the only one I'm pretty uncertain of, France could easily replace Argentina. England are in a shambles at the moment and unless a new Coach is appointed quickly and given some extra leeway with player availability etc... I can't see them making the quarter finals.
     
  4. Macsen

    Macsen Guest

    Pool A:

    SA
    England
    Samoa
    USA
    Tonga

    Pool B:

    Wales
    Australia
    Canada
    Fiji
    Japan

    Pool C:

    NZ
    Scotland
    Italy
    Romania
    Uruguay

    Pool D:

    Argentina
    Ireland
    France
    Namibia
    Georgia

    I see the final stages of the world cup going as so:

    WALES
    versus
    ENGLAND ------- WALES
    --------------------versus
    NZ----------------IRELAND
    versus
    IRELAND-----------------------------WALES
    ---------------------------------------versus----------WINNER: WALES!!! :champion:
    SA------------------------------------ARGENTINA
    versus
    AUSTRALIA-------AUSTRALIA
    ---------------------versus
    ARGENTINA-------ARGENTINA
    versus
    SCOTLAND

    Hey, a man can dream! :wub:
     
  5. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    well if we can't top our pool then we're not going to have much chance against the All Blacks in the quarters.
     
  6. Rugby_Cymru

    Rugby_Cymru Guest

    And who said All Blacks are gonna top their pool?
    :D
     
  7. BigTen

    BigTen Guest

    DanCarterite - Mate that is a big call on England not making it through the group stages - I can see how South Africa might top the group (they should be strong but always struggle away from home) but I can't see Samoa beating England.

    Samoa has the talent but will struggle to get all of their players early enough to develop into a good enough team and as bad as England are at the moment I don't think that they will be as bad come next year.

    Although your call that France won't make it through the group phase is an even bigger call - I mean come on surely the host nation will make it through, right?!
     
  8. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    Samoa don't seem to have made any strides forward since the last world cup so that wouldn't exactly fill me with the confidence that they could beat England, granted England have been no great shakes and that's putting it mildly but to think they'd lose to Samoa, I just can't see it happening.

    The draw has been so kind to England that a semi-final place wouldn't be that surprising imo.
     
  9. Macsen

    Macsen Guest

    Aha, what will happen is that Ireland play a second string team against Argentina, not wanting to injure their top players before the quarter finals and knowing that the only way to beat NZ is to face them early in the competition before they run out of stamina. They lose the Argentina game and face NZ with their team at full strength and win, but their squad is left in tatters (a nasty tackle means BO'D is out for the rest of the tournament) and they are swept aside by Wales in the Semis. :p
     
  10. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    well then if we're talking about fantasy rugby here then Italy will top their group with New Zealand sucumbing to the pressure in Murrayfield and not even make the quarter finals. :p
     
  11. Shosholoza

    Shosholoza Guest

    Pool A: South Africa to take it, not just cause of sentiment but simply because the other teams in the pool aren't good enough. England second...but not without a bit of a scare from Samoa. :blink:

    Pool B: Wales tops. Aus second. Canada is improving by the year. Will put up a fight.

    Pool C: Will they choke? ummm. Don't think so yet. NZ to breeze through the pool stages, like they always do, it's the sterner stuff that catches them later. Will put my neck on this and say Italy for second spot.

    Pool D: Purely on home ground advantage i'd say France to take this one....but on a points difference. Ireland to take second. I think the Irish will struggle to beat the French in their own back yard.
    Argentina will beat France due to sheer passion and probably lose to Ireland due to sheer lack of skill.
     
  12. BokMagic

    BokMagic Guest

    Pool A- SA as winners, England as runners-up, as the Manu Samoa may have the skills, but no tight forwards.
    Pool B- Australia as winners, they always leave their best rugby for Northern Hemisphere world cups, with Wales running a close second.
    Pool C- New Zealand as group winners, Italy to surprise friend and foe and grab 2nd from Scotland.
    Pool D- the "group of death"- any 2 of France, Ireland or Argies to go through- the French have the unpredictability, flair and home-ground advantage, Ireland have the current form and are possibly the most improved team in 2006, and the Argies seem to have France`s number, with 4 wins and a 1-point defeat in their last 5 meetings. Anyone`s call really.
     
  13. Macsen

    Macsen Guest

    I hadn't realised France are up against Argentina in the very first game! Argentina could steal that one, what with French nerves and all. :wacko:

    Actually, is it me or do Argentina always seem to play the very first game? 1999, 2003 and 2007! Is there some historical precedent for this, or just luck?
     
  14. DanCarterite

    DanCarterite Guest

    I don't seriously expect England to fail in the pool stages, but on current evidence it is a bit of a big ask of them to make the Semi's, quarters yeah probably but any further than that is doubtfull. Manu Samoa have an outside chance of making it through, admitedly it is a pretty slight one, but they can trouble any opposition. A lot depends on where England go from here, there are good players in the side (and good players not being picked/injured) but the whole set-up is at sixes and sevens at the moment. England needs to do some seriously hard work in the next 10 months.

    I'm actually fairly serious about France not making it through to the quarters. If Ireland beat them convincingly in the 6 nations I'll firm that opinion up somewhat. The draw with them playing Argentina first up is what makes me doubt France, the Argies have a great record against France recently and the first run out in the world cup... well lets just say that I think France are facing a rather big struggle to make the quarters.
     
  15. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    England South Africa is always going to be a close game but England certainly won't fear South Africa and have proven even under Andy Robinson that they're capable of beating the Boks. So if they win the pool they're most likely to play Wales who again can blow hot and cold, yet the great grand slam team only beat a poor England team by only 2 points so a world cup quarter final with them again isn't that daunting a prospect. So I don't see it as that big an ask.
     
  16. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    For mine...

    POOL A - South Africa
    POOL B - Australia
    POOL C - New Zealand
    POOL D - Ireland

    And the final... Australia vs New Zealand
     
  17. The TRUTH

    The TRUTH Guest

    If both OZ and NZ win their pools they'll meet in the Semis..... i'm sure you cant wait for that.

    For mine, the Semis will be...

    South Africa v France

    Australia v New Zealand

    As it should be
     
  18. woosaah

    woosaah Guest

    yep i would agree with that
     
  19. going by truths predictions..if it is that..i wud love allblacks to meet australia and france in the finals...

    all the more merrier it will be for us to win and beat the two teams that outplayed us in 99 and 03...

    it doesnt matter really...over prediction

    ALL BLACKS...WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS...2007..AND 2011
     
  20. loratadine

    loratadine Guest

    wales will win there group

    and one of the most successfull irish sides only beat england by a few points, and tht try never should of stood, its a good job england aint gunna meet ireland cos im sure theyd be ******** themselves
     
  21. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    bit of a difference though, we've beaten them twice at Twickenham, I don't have to remind you what happened in February now.
     
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