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Rugby World Cup Preview

The first observation to make about the Rugby World Cup is that the four best Rugby nations (France, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa) are all in the lower section.

Whilst France v New Zealand is a tasty opener I’m looking forward more to the Pool B encounter between world number one Ireland and World Cup champions South Africa who demolished the All Blacks two weeks ago at Twickenham.

There is some doubt whether England – the 2019 finalists – may even qualify.

The match v a rugged Argentina tonight is going to be crucial.

There is always an unfancied team – as per Morocco in the Qatar World Cup – and mine is effervescent Fiji who can beat Wales.

Whoever emerges from Pools C and D, I cannot see any of the Big Four losing much sleep if they meet them.

The Pargie tenner is on France.

Unbeaten at home in two years and weakened by the absence of Romain Ntamack, they have other world class players beyond Antoine Dupont like Gabon Villière and winger Penaud.




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About Sandra McDonnell

As an Englishwoman married to a Scot, Sandra experiences some tension at home during Six Nations tournaments. Her enthusiasm for rugby was acquired through early visits to Fylde club matches with her father and her proud boast is that she has missed only two England home games at Twickenham since 1995. Sandra has three grown-up children, none of whom follow rugby. More Posts