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2019 Rugby World Cup

Postby DasNutNock on Wed May 10, 2017 10:15 am

Pool A: Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Europe 1, play-off winner (Europe 2 v Oceania 3)

Pool B: New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Africa 1, repechage winner

Pool C: England, France, Argentina, Americas 1, Oceania 2

Pool D: Australia, Wales, Georgia, Oceania 1, Americas 2

Seems as good a draw as could be expected. France can top anyone, and we'll be facing the convicts or leek-nudgers if we make it out of our pool, so the usual "their cup final" rules apply. Jones is no Lancaster, though, and I don't imagine he's going to be pleased if we don't make it to at least the Semis.
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Re: 2019 Rugby World Cup

Postby ironstu on Wed May 10, 2017 11:59 am

The luck of the Irish eh! Look at that for a group, jammy ****ers.

Could have been worse for England, I'd expect us to beat both France and Argentina on neutral territory to top the group. Likely to be Samoa and USA as the other two games. Will be a very physical few games that's for sure.
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Re: 2019 Rugby World Cup

Postby Crouchend_Hammer on Wed May 10, 2017 11:51 pm

How on earth did Scotland managed to blag fifth seed?
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Re: 2019 Rugby World Cup

Postby dave_l on Thu May 11, 2017 10:07 am

Scotland are 5th by beating Ireland, Wales and South Africa and a narrow loss to the Aussies I think. Dear old ranking system. There's no way you should be doing a draw this far out. It's daft.

England's group is tough but we'll certainly not be undercooked should any knock out phase come through. We also avoid the Kiwis in the QFs this way. That joy will befall the runner up in Group A.
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Re: 2019 Rugby World Cup

Postby Toulouse_Iron on Fri May 12, 2017 12:28 pm

The French are less than happy about this :-)
We, for the moment, are better then them and Argentina is their bogey team. Fellow latins, like the Italians, who know how to get under their skin.
A very tough group, with no "easy" match where we can rotate the whole squad. As has been said, if we lake it out of the group, the players will be match sharp! And battered and bruised...
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Re: 2019 Rugby World Cup

Postby sendô on Sun May 14, 2017 10:01 pm

dave_l wrote:Dear old ranking system. There's no way you should be doing a draw this far out. It's daft.

I don't get it. Why do the draw this soon, the rankings could change by a lot by the World Cup.
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