Might be time to throw together an actual RWC thread what with it being less than two months away.
You're never more than a few steps from talking about rooting.........One factor that could root a lot of teams is the goddamn heat. September is still a fuckign cauldron. 35 degree days entirely possible. Sure it'll cool off a bit by October but there still could be brutal one off days. This might just wipe out the UK teams. And NZ. Might favour Aus/SA.
ps I can safely say that the Olympic Games next year, in Tokyo, in fucking JULY, at 38 degrees and 100% crushing humidity, will be village madness and no I'm not talking about the rooting
England are the first to name their RWC squad.
Forwards: Dan Cole (Leicester, 86 caps), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter, 12), Tom Curry (Sale, 11), Ellis Genge (Leicester, 10), Jamie George (Saracens, 37), Maro Itoje (Saracens, 27), George Kruis (Saracens, 32), Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 59), Courtney Lawes (Northampton, 72), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton, 1), Joe Marler (Harlequins, 58), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 22), Jack Singleton (Saracens, 1), Sam Underhill (Bath, 9), Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 42), Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 53), Mark Wilson (Newcastle/Sale, 13).
Backs: Joe Cokanasiga (Bath, 5), Elliot Daly (Saracens, 31), Owen Farrell (Saracens, 70), George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 56), Piers Francis (Northampton, 5), Willi Heinz (Gloucester, 1), Jonathan Joseph (Bath, 41), Jonny May (Leicester, 45), Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath, uncapped), Jack Nowell (Exeter, 33), Henry Slade (Exeter, 22), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester, 33), Anthony Watson (Bath, 34), Ben Youngs (Leicester, 86).
Oh, not aspersing aspergy aspersions upon his lineage. More his international quality. Even though he did go well for the Auckland Blues. Although that's hardly a ringing endorsement. "Went well for the Auckland Blues" is like saying your toilet still flushes as the tsunami rips your house apart and carts all your shit off downstream.
You're like one of those players whose form shifts up a gear or two in a World Cup year.Oh, not aspersing aspergy aspersions upon his lineage. More his international quality. Even though he did go well for the Auckland Blues. Although that's hardly a ringing endorsement. "Went well for the Auckland Blues" is like saying your toilet still flushes as the tsunami rips your house apart and carts all your shit off downstream.
The Flying Fijians Rugby World Cup squad are:
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