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Admiral Lard 1:37 Sat Sep 14
Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Here we go again..... World rankings (what a joke) have Ireland as number 1 (Ichi ban) followed by the ABs, England, Saffas, Wales and the Wallabies.

https://www.world.rugby/rankings/mru?lang=en

No doubt in my mind the All Blacks are outstanding favourites though very occasionally beatable. To understand the extent of the ABs dominance, take a look at these scary stats;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_New_Zealand_rugby_union_Test_matches#2010s

Of the chasing pack there was little to be read from the NH warm up matches though the all preparations England's appeared to be the most positive. How much that will count in Japan is impossible to say. The truth will out-come the 20th September.

As an Englishman none of the chasing pack hold too many fears on neutral territory. The Celtic nations tend to play up against England at home, they won't have that advantage in this tournament.

IMHO Ireland are a good team in decline, can they turn it around and get back to the team of 2017/18? On their day Wales can beat anyone but, they have taken over the All Black’s mantle of perennial chokers. Scotland flatter to deceive, will always give the top sides a game without enough in the tank to be serious contenders.

The big questions surround the Wallabies and Saffas, always strong come RWC time. The Wallabies, in particular, have made great strides recently, I’m glad they are not in England’s pool. Much prefer to play them once we are in our stride.

The Saffas will be at it, come what may. Not sure of their route to the final but, I would expect to see them in the semis at least.

England’s pool, for once, looks winnable. Don’t get me wrong, Argentina and France will be formidable opponents but, we have two good warm up games in Tonga and the United States to sort ourselves out.

If there is one game I am really looking forward to it the hosts, Japan, Vs Scotland Sunday October 13th, 11:45 KO UK time. The venue is Japan’s Yokohama Stadium. At 85,000 it’s the largest in the country and the game is sold out. I have two mates who bought tickets last minute at list price for £250 a piece. To give you an idea they also have ¼ final tickets for £100.

If you’re looking for a game to rival the famous win at Brighton’s Amex Stadium in the 2015 this has to be the one.

This has the potential of being the best RWC tournament to date. On neutral territory for all the big rugby nations…… I can’t wait!

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Mart O 3:44 Tue Nov 5
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
On The Ball 3:15 Tue Nov 5

Nice one, at least someone fucking enjoyed it !

And fuck Saracens, cheating cunts.

On The Ball 3:15 Tue Nov 5
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Mart O 2:01 Sat Nov 2

Don't feel bad for us - as Joe said, we had an absolutely brilliant time. I even got a night in Taiwan on the way home, which was fucking ace. I'm gutted that we lost, but it was great - and my love for SA meant that I was able to get misty-eyed when they lifted the trophy anyway.

I'd do it again tomorrow.

crystal falace 2:46 Tue Nov 5
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
35 points would have meant they missed the playoffs in all of the 5 seasons they went on to lift the trophy, so could be very significant yes.

Bigger question is do they now have to start to dismantle the team to meet the correct restrictions and deal with the 5 million fine.

Northern Sold 2:46 Tue Nov 5
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
misskey... -35

Northern Sold 2:44 Tue Nov 5
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Woahhhhh... -36 Points !!! That is massive.... that's them basically relegated already then???

crystal falace 2:40 Tue Nov 5
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Not sure if there was ever a general Rugby thread?

in other news Saracens have been docked 35 points in the premiership for failing to disclose payments to players. now sit bottom on -26

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/50300756

Far Cough 2:33 Mon Nov 4
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Tendai Mtawarira, what a lump

Northern Sold 2:25 Mon Nov 4
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
To be honest as soon as we stepped off the (late) bus I thought something don’t look right… same when they was lining up in the tunnel and the anthems… and then 10 mins in we looked absolutely spent… Maku V’ looked like he had Niagra Fall coming off his forehead … where as EVERYTHING seems spot on from start to finish v Oz and NZ nothing did on Saturday… just one of those fucking annoying things I’d imagine… we’ll get another chance….

Joe C 2:20 Mon Nov 4
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Dan Cole’s best days are behind him though and, as experienced as he is, him coming on before Sinckler has even touched the ball was a big blow.

Would it have made a difference though, probably not. I think a lot of England’s youthful setup was exposed with nerves and, and probably through, inexperience

Council Scum 2:16 Mon Nov 4
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
"he got demolished by the Beast"

Except he's not a beast, when Ref'd correctly, he's bang average, when he is allowed to drive inwards he causes problems. But it's cheating and dangerous and if it was any of nation or if we was any other colour I have no doubt he'd be pinged left, right and centre.

Northern Sold 2:13 Mon Nov 4
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Thing is CS we had supposedly one of the oldest and wisest props in the set up when Cole came on... he should have been savvy... he got demolished by the Beast... it was shades of the Lion Tour in which Vickery go spat out left right and centre by the same guy... only time we had parity is when Marler replaced MV... otherwise it was a fucking shambles

Side of Ham 1:23 Mon Nov 4
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
'Great win for South Africa and great back drop story post apartheid, seeing a country united by sport."

We got the same story the previous times they won it AND Nelson was at the forefront of one of them......they've had a W/C etc.....none of it has changed a thing.....

Council Scum 1:03 Mon Nov 4
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
" I don't know a lot about the specifics of scrummaging, but England were getting fucked up pretty much all game "

You are supposed to drive straight, the boks don't, they drive in which is illegal so they didn't warrant any of the penalties, they have always done it and so we should have been able to adjust.

The ref let SA build up a lead that wasn't justified and then it was always uphill.

That said, we didn't play well enough.

Joe C 12:49 Mon Nov 4
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Mart O 2:01 Sat Nov 2

Cheers Mart. Although I’d still do it all again even if I knew the result would be the same - had an amazing 72 hours, could only have been improved if we’d won.

And my ticket didn’t cost £1.5k

Fuck it, someone get me an Asahi

happygilmore 9:06 Sun Nov 3
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Summary:

Great win for South Africa and great back drop story post apartheid, seeing a country united by sport.

Japan great host and great to watch, glad we have scheduled to play they next November.

The weak Tier 2 teams, meant the tournament is just too drawn out.

Aside from South Africa, some Tier 1 sides came into it below par and couldn't find momentum, others will look back at games they lost and know they fucked up the once in four year opportunity.

Admiral Lard 12:45 Sun Nov 3
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
A final note from me on RWC 2019

It was a great World Cup with some fantastic matches and one or two surprising results. Japan have arrived as a force, no 100-0 thrashings and a South African team with a make up more in keeping with their demographic went to on to be good world champions.

From England's point of view, a huge improvement over 2015 with excellent wins over Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.,
The final performance against South Africa was an anti climax, we looked nervous from the off, the Saffas were calm and executed their game plan superbly.

Once the disappointment of the final has passed I think England will feel they are on an upward path with a very young side. Most of the English lads will be thereabouts in 2023.

For the rest it will be very interesting to see how the All Blacks set about their rebuild from the top down, Australia and Ireland must have concerns with retirements average performances. Wales were the bridesmaid once again, will they ever achieve their potential now Gatland has gone?

Scotland, Italy and Georgia should form a second tier European tournament with perhaps Russia/Spain/Belgium

I think England and the other top tier nations would welcome South Africa into the 5/6 nations looking like England, Wales, Ireland, France and the Saffas.

Finally, congratulations to the Bokke, out played England for 80% of the game, England were never really in it.

Joe C 10:23 Sun Nov 3
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
I’m here. Just boarded flight from Beijing to Singapore.

Obviously not the result I wanted, but still had a fantastic time overall.

Never used my hotel, went out basically all night. Woke up in a cab at Haneda airport, thought it was Changi, and got really confused why they wouldn’t take Singapore dollars

Manuel 6:44 Sun Nov 3
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Anyone seen big Joe C?

Side of Ham 12:57 Sun Nov 3
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
Surely they must do the same checks as over here?

I think he mentioned he’s moved lately hence the name change again. Still the numb nut doesn’t realise he comes to us not the other way round....why would we?

Mart O 11:31 Sat Nov 2
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
"coaching girls cricket"

Ahem, I think we all know what this means:

A carefully curated collection of soiled teen underwear, ripe for sniffing while having a good old tug in his hovel.

happygilmore 10:56 Sat Nov 2
Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 - The Land of the Rising Sun - 20 Sep – Sat, 2 Nov
is he back already?

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