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View Poll Results: Who will win the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup?
New Zealand 11 44.00%
Australia 4 16.00%
South Africa 3 12.00%
England 0 0%
Ireland 1 4.00%
Wales 1 4.00%
France 3 12.00%
Scotland 0 0%
Argentina 1 4.00%
Other 1 4.00%
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Official IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 Thread

All things Rugby World Cup 2011 in this thread

The tournament kicks off in 7 days!

Who are you rooting for?

Opening match is New Zealand vs Tonga.

England opening match should be a blinder vs Argentina.

A lot of Argentines on this site, hope your getting behind your team.

You Aussies must be full of confidence after beating New Zealand last week, think you can get the job done on the big time?

So many talking points, im excited to see how teams will fare against each other on Neutral ground, will be very eager to see what damage France, Ireland and Wales can do on neutral ground, and whether Scotland can pick up and do some damage too.

France are probably the best team to have never won the tournament, lets see how they go.

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Re: Official IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 Thread

New Zealand/Australia final is nailed on and hope it happens as the Aussies are the only ones who can stand up to the All Blacks and give the world a great final.

England/Argentina won't be as competitive as it could be, Argentina are just not the same without Hernandez. The team lacks that creation and flair without his presence. I expect Argentina to lose to the All Blacks in QFs.

FWIW, my predictions...

QF
Australia bt Wales
France bt England
South Africa bt Ireland
New Zealand bt Argentina

SF
Australia bt France
New Zealand bt South Africa

F
New Zealand bt Australia

I am looking forward to seeing Israel Dagg run like the wind, the guy is just incredible in motion and doesn't even look like he's running as fast as he can.
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Re: Official IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 Thread

Australia would be my tip... though New Zealand the obvious dangers
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Re: Official IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 Thread

Wallabies only chance is if another team knocks out the AB's because they have no chance in hell in beating them at Eden Park in the final

England are my dark horse.
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I wish Ireland could play as they can, but hardly ever do. Their star players are near the end of their careers.

But it will be the Antipodean 3 and probably France to fight it out.

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Only 22 hours to go!

England vs Argentina and Wales vs South Africa the key clashes of the weekend.

I think there will be an upset, just cant decide which one. Wales have come so agonisingly close to beating the Boks a number of times the last few years. They are due a win.

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Re: Official IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 Thread

Scotland. The team with the lolz.

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Re: Official IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 Thread

Gutted for Romania, forwards were so dominating.
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Re: Official IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 Thread

Scotland hadn't it been for the two tries at the end...
24-24 against Romania 5 minutes till the end

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New Zealand has a better chance this time with home grounds. GO Haka
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Re: Official IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 Thread

Italy was playing fucking Catenaccio it was 6-6 after the first half, now Australia is finally doing tries.

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Re: Official IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 Thread

Games are pretty close. Not too long ago we'd have had a few 100-6 games at this stage.
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Good effort Wales, so close!

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Re: Official IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 Thread

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Games are pretty close. Not too long ago we'd have had a few 100-6 games at this stage.
yes... absolutely... was just realising the same thing this morning... it appears that the coaches of the long time minnow countries have copped on about the effect a tactic based around high energy defence can have...

it is looking to be the most credible WC in its history...

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gutting result... they played the better ball imo...

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Re: Official IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 Thread

The sport has been officially 'professional' for long enough now to ensure a more consistent quality throughout this competition. It's a different ballgame now. England's 2003 squad transported to 2011 wouldn't win the World Cup, I should imagine.

Hopefully NZ take this again... Finally.


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