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Rugby World Cup 2019

Discussion in 'Rugby Discussion' started by waiopehu oldboy, May 8, 2017.

  1. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    According to our local sport news Eben Etsebeth is also in the All Blacks WC squad.
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  3. Dismal Pillock Greg Davis (50)

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    That first pool game is going to be TENSE.
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  4. cyclopath Phil Waugh (73)

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    Here he is in his modified All Black kit.
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  5. PaarlBok Rod McCall (65)

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    First pool game and final is going to be tense.
  6. Tex Peter Fenwicke (45)

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    Neat little tool to predict quarter and semi finals. https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/bracket

    I'm assuming the seeds will progress without major upsets, bar Argentina beating the French. Toss a coin between Australia and Wales, but NZ and Ireland should be locks.

    Pool A
    Ireland (predicting 1st)
    Scotland (predicting 2nd)
    Japan
    Rusia
    Samoa

    Pool B
    Black Orcs (predicting 1st)
    South Africa (predicting 2nd)
    Italy
    Namibia
    Canada

    Pool C
    White Orcs (predicting 1st)
    France
    Argentina (predicting 2nd)
    USA
    Tonga

    Pool D
    Australia (predicting 1st)
    Wales (predicting 2nd)
    Georgia
    Fiji
    Uruguay

    QF1
    White Orcs v Wales

    QF2
    Black Orcs v Scotland

    QF3
    Australia v Argentina

    QF4
    Ireland v South Africa

    Semi 1
    Wales v Black Orcs

    Semi 2
    Australia v South Africa

    Final
    Australia v Black Orcs.
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  7. zer0 Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    On the topic of predictions:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/...ll-blacks-will-beat-south-africa-in-the-final

    Science, bitches.
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    ^Australia @ 3.8% looks too high to me!
  9. Tex Peter Fenwicke (45)

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    I'll fight Winchester and his stupid predictive analytics model.

    My "it's the vibe" model involving a spittle-daubed finger upthrust into the prevailing breeze will win
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  10. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    I wish the bookies odds reflect Australia only having a 3.8% chance of winning. That would be very enticing.

    Likewise South Africa with a 12.9% chance.
  11. waiopehu oldboy Tim Horan (67)

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    FWIW I'll be placing my "to make the Final" bets thus:

    $50 NZ v SA paying $4.33
    $30 NZ v Wales @ $9.50
    $20 NZ v Ireland @ $6.00

    As previously posted I don't think it's possible for Ringinland to make the Final with their draw (Arg, Fra, QF, SF & Final in successive weeks) so even at $11.00 I'm not tempted.
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  12. waiopehu oldboy Tim Horan (67)

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    Just out of interest, when did Straya last beat SA one week & NZ the next?
  13. KOB1987 Mark Ella (57)

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    2008. 2004 and 2000 before that. In 2011 they did it a fortnight apart.

    EDIT. SAF last beat AUS then NZ in successive weeks in 2014, both at home. I only looked back as far as 2008, they didn’t do it any other time in that period.
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  14. waiopehu oldboy Tim Horan (67)

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  15. waiopehu oldboy Tim Horan (67)

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    ^ interesting but meaningless factoid gleaned from the above: the winners in '99, '03, '07 & '11 were all knocked out in the QF of the previous tournament, based on which Oirland supporters the world over will be convinced that "THIS is our Year, all the other times were just fine-tuning the fifth-equal-to-Champions formula" :).
  16. waiopehu oldboy Tim Horan (67)

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  17. KOB1987 Mark Ella (57)

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    Alternatively Ireland can win by 1 point or more to go the top of the rankings..

    And if that happens and South Africa beat Japan by 15+ Wales will slip to 5th. Both of those margins eventuating are highly likely IMO.
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  19. waiopehu oldboy Tim Horan (67)

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    Wales squad:

    Forwards: Jake Ball, Adam Beard, Rhys Carre, James Davies, Elliot Dee, Ryan Elias, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Wyn Jones, Dillon Lewis, Ross Moriarty, Josh Navidi, Ken Owens, Aaron Shingler, Nicky Smith, Justin Tipuric, Aaron Wainwright.

    Backs: Josh Adams, Hallam Amos, Dan Biggar, Aled Davies, Gareth Davies, Jonathan Davies, Leigh Halfpenny, George North, Hadleigh Parkes, Rhys Patchell, Owen Watkin, Liam Williams, Tomos Williams.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/...and-unveils-wales-squad-good-enough-to-win-it
  20. waiopehu oldboy Tim Horan (67)

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    Can't find it to link to it but Foster was quoted over the weekend saying that one of TJP, Crotty or JBar will play 5/8 in a RWC Pool match. Also that this would be news to them as they hadn't actually "had that conversation yet" or similar. I'd have thought the last 20 v Tonga this weekend would be an appropriate time to trial it.

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