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Re: Rugby...for those who like odd shaped balls
« Reply #180 on: September 17, 2015, 10:59 »
Confident of Ireland reaching at least the semis this year.
The law of averages says it has to happen sometime soon.

Their best chance was last time round when a final place was well within their capability. This time they don't look as potent, over-reliant on Sexton who's good but no Dan Carter.

All Blacks are clear favourites but demonstrated again last time that they always have one sub-par performance in every World Cup.
Australia have risen back up the rankings to 2, but they'll be lucky to go through the tournament without meeting a referee who penalises their scrummage out of existence.
South Africa at 3 are the same beasts as always only with less cutting edge than in their best years.
England at 4 have home field advantage and could go all the way but look, as ever, like a work in progress.
Wales, unlucky not to go all the way last time round, have just lost two key squad members and have to beat Australia or England even to progress to the latter stages and even if they do, they have a woeful record against the Southern Hemisphere teams.
Ireland at 6, see above.
France at 7, who knows what they'll produce? Inconsistency mainly.
Argentina at 8, easy group but I think the UK won't be as happy a hunting ground as France was.

The inescapable conclusion is that no-one will win.
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