Thursday, 6 December 2012

Rugby World Cup 2015

Pool A
 Australia (3)
 England (5)
 Wales (9)
Oceania 1 (Fiji) (13)
 RepĂȘchage winner

Australia will be wanting to emulate the two times the tournament was in Britain as their were winners both times. The host nation will be very keen to win on home soil and win the trophy for the first time since the infamous Johnny Wilkinson drop goal in 2003.  Wales will be wanting to better their result at the last world cup when the reached the semis. My bet for this Group is that Australian and Wales go through as I can see England being very cocky at their home tournament. Fiji haven't qualified yet but will have a play-off against a real minnow like the Cook Islands.

Last times:

17 November 2012  England 14-20 Australia Twickenham 
25 February 2012 England 12-19 Wales Twickenham 
1 December 2012 Wales 12-14 Australia Millennium 

Pool B
 South Africa (2)
 Samoa (8)
 Scotland (12)
Asia 1 (Japan) (15)
Americas 2

The best Group of them all! The Scots will be looking for a good performance after their first ever group-stage exit RWC 2011 in New Zealand, 2012 Autumn Internationals after losing all three games and recent Six Nations results. South Africa will want a repeat from the last time the world cup was in the Northern hemisphere, France 2007 when they won. Samoa will want to a repeat from the 1991 World Cup when were beaten by Scotland at Murrayfield in the Quarter-Final stage and in 1995 when they were beaten by the host Springbok. Japan haven't qualified yet but are favourites to their best performance was a 3rd place in their group in 1991. My bet is Scotland as group winners and the Springbok as runner's up. 

Last time:
30 September 2011
       South Africa
   13 - 5
 North Harbour Stadium

17 November 2012
  10 - 21
 South Africa

23 June 2012
 16 - 17
 Apia Park

Pool C

The All-Blacks will be looking to retain their title in England with a good start against the pumas and Tonga. The Kiwi's fantastic performance on home soil proved to be too much and will want to replicate that in RWC 2015. Although they have never won the Webb Ellis Cup away from home. Argentina are a threat as in France they ended up third beating Scotland, Ireland and hosts France twice. Tonga beat Scotland recently and will be wanting to continue this form going into this tournament. My bet is New Zealand and Argentina to go through.

Last time:
29 September 2012
15 - 54
 New Zealand
 Estadio Ciudad de La Plata

09 September 2011
 New Zealand
41 - 10
 Eden Park

Argentina and Tonga have never played

Pool D

The French will be wanting to improve on their runners-up spot in New Zealand losing to the All-Blacks by 1 point have a tricky group as Ireland and Italy have beat France recently. Ireland have never been past the quarters but will be wanting to stop that in England. The Italians have never been out the group but have chance to take that monkey of their backs at RWC 2015. My bet is for Ireland and France to go through to the Quarter Finals.

Last time:
04 March 2012
17 - 17
 Stade de France

25 February 2012
42 - 10
 Aviva Stadium
 04 February 2012
30 - 12
 Stade de France

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