Rugby World Cup 2019

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  1. Wildman

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    Well, we have Rhino's rugby thread for general rugby chat, but as tradition would have it, as the Rugby World Cup starts one year from today, here's the Rugby World Cup 2019 thread.

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    I'm hoping that Japan can pull off a great event.
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    Pool D looks weak enough for Australia to struggle out of!
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  3. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    I hear England have already booked an early flight home in time to celebrate the consecration of Westminster Abbey.
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    wxwax Excited Member

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    It starts in a year and they already know who qualified and have the schedule set? How's that work? Everyone's in? No qualifiers?
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  5. Wildman

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    Several teams already qualified through play-offs including Samoa. Final place to be decided by a round-robin play-off system in November comprising Canada, Germany, Hong Kong and Kenya.
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  6. Wildman

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    England emerge winless from the Autumn internationals, save for a narrow victory over Japan, then lose to all but Italy in the Six Nations, Eddie Jones gets his ticket home, Rob Baxter appointed as interim Head Coach, and Cipriani inspires England to wins over Argentina and France in the qualifying stage, setting-up a quarter-final against Wales. Game-on.

    We can dream, can't we?
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  7. RhinoVonHawkrider

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    Pool C is death. USA will go winless again.

    I'll be there for Quarters 2 & 4 in Tokyo, with my Nephew / Godson aka IP (International Playboy)

    Hope nephew can give me some airline points for ticket - Yikes

    Then before ya know it, we'll be back to France in 2023!

    2027 South Africa?

    2031 Oz or maybe a USA/Canada joint venture?

    2035 Argentina? / NZ?

    2039 UK or finally give it to the potato eaters?



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  8. Bleh

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    Don't get your hopes up too high. Got a lot of work to do before then.

    As much as I like Hooper, when Pocock is fit, he should be 7 and we should have a proper big ball carrying 8. Beale is best left at 12 or 15, the experiment with him at 10 should end now. Foley or Toomua need to be at 10. Need some forwards with some mongrel in them too.

    Then we need to spend the next year working on basic catching and passing skills.
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  9. UncleJ

    UncleJ It's Happy Hour Somewhere

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    I think the Wallabies played better than their 3rd place in the Championship this summer showed. Kinda like my Wales guys, they're just 2-3 players stepping up from being right in there.

    Scotland is gonna be my dark-horse I think.
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  10. Bleh

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    The Wallabies looked great in patches, but kept getting let down by basic skills. The amount of tries they butchered because they can't catch the ball, or because they turned it over at the breakdown, is ridiculous. There was one test (I think against the AB's) where they lost something like 80% of their own lineouts. The scrum is not too bad, but some ref's seem to see them as weak, so nearly every collapse must be Australia's fault. I honestly don't know how they work out whose fault some of that stuff is. Until they get all that sorted, they have no hope.

    As for Scotland, they should make the quarters, if they come up against SA they might make the semi's, if the come up against the AB's, they have no chance.
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  11. RhinoVonHawkrider

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    Scotland was robbed last WC! I was there.

    Wales had a good team too. Would love to see them both do well, as the same teams winning all the time isn't good.

    2019 6 Nations should be a good barometer.



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  12. RhinoVonHawkrider

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    Just order some RWC XIX kit - very cool gear

    I see why T shirts are sold out - can't wait to get to Nippon and the Land of Sushi

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  13. Wildman

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    But for pathetic line-out throwing from the Springboks, I'd be a quarter of the way to my prediction. If it still comes true, Australia could sack Cheka and appoint Fast Eddie. I'd say that, as of now, I'd put shorter odds on Jones taking the Wallabies to the final in Japan than on getting England there. We were appalling!
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  14. GiddyThump

    GiddyThump Been here awhile

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    Lets see some predictions for pool finals

    Pool A will be Japan and Samoa
    Pool B NZ and SA
    Pool C Tonga and France
    Pool D Australian and Fiji
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  15. UncleJ

    UncleJ It's Happy Hour Somewhere

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    Giddy already set the bar for Pacific rim!

    Pool A: Ireland and Scotland
    Pool B: NZ and SA
    Pool C: England and (what the hell) Tonga
    Pool D: Wales and Australia (though Fiji could be tough)
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    For the Canucks, now qualified into Pool B:

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  17. RhinoVonHawkrider

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    So I've got my kit - (I bought some & Santa got some for me too - I must have been a good boy)

    Now I'm starting to plan my trip

    (I have Quarterfinals in Tokyo)

    Meeting my nephew there (he lives in Oz)

    Thinking of doing an AirB&B

    Probably going to hit Hong Kong as well on the trip

    Who else is going to the Land of the Rising Sun? 1225181046.jpeg
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  18. Wildman

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    One day to go!

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    Who’s your pick to win?
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  19. shrineclown

    shrineclown Board Butcher, Fastener Haberdasher Super Supporter

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    The imperialists.
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    kamanya Andrew to most

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