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Poll Question: Who is going to win the Rugby World Cup?
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    Posted: 15 Sep 2015 at 2:03am
Who's going to win the Rugby World Cup? My allegiance is pretty plain. The All Blacks (New Zealand's national rugby team who play in black, for anyone who knows nothing about rugby) all the way. I was at the 2011 final, where the mighty All Blacks reigned supreme over the French, thrashing them 8-7.  

Since then, the All Blacks have lost only 3 games, drawn 2, and won about 40. They are far and away the most dominant team in international sport, with a higher winning percentage than even the Australian cricket team. Of the teams in the World Cup, only South Africa, Australia, France, England and Wales (not since 1953) have ever beaten the All Blacks.

Opinions? Anyone going to see the games? Does rugby even make the news in other countries? I'm really looking forward to it!
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I'm not a big rugby fan but of course I will be supporting the AB's.
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I don´t know zip about rugby (other than what Steve has told me about it, and a drunk English guy I met at a party once LOL). The sport doesn´t make the headlines in my country.
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The only rugby I usually watch (live) is Rugby League, although I'm sure it'll be on the telly in our house. I'll obviously be shouting for Engalnd on the screen but can't see me getting to a game. I suspect it will be the Kiwis or the Aussis who win.
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Probably the Kiwis :)
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I don't really care as I'm not a sports person, so even those that are more popular here in 'Murica(i.e. "hand egg") I don't really pay attention to...although, that being said, I DO like to listen to hearsay about these sorts of things! Always fascinates me! :)
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Originally posted by Vim Fuego Vim Fuego wrote:

Who's going to win the Rugby World Cup? My allegiance is pretty plain. The All Blacks (New Zealand's national rugby team who play in black, for anyone who knows nothing about rugby) all the way. I was at the 2011 final, where the mighty All Blacks reigned supreme over the French, thrashing them 8-7.  

Since then, the All Blacks have lost only 3 games, drawn 2, and won about 40. They are far and away the most dominant team in international sport, with a higher winning percentage than even the Australian cricket team. Of the teams in the World Cup, only South Africa, Australia, France, England and Wales (not since 1953) have ever beaten the All Blacks.

Opinions? Anyone going to see the games? Does rugby even make the news in other countries? I'm really looking forward to it!


I'm a huge fan. I've seen England play numerous times. England have a great chance of winning it this time round but imo need to win their group to do so. Playing on home soil will help, obviously. No tickets, long story but was let down by our local club I sponsor. NZ are a fantastic team but don't travel well in World Cups, they've only ever won it on home soil. I wouldn't call 8-7 a thrashing either, whilst deservedly winning it with their performances over the tournament they were lucky in the final. France could have easily nicked it.  I was at Twickenham when England blew the All Blacks away in 2013. I can see it happening again, hopefully in the final.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Colt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Sep 2015 at 10:36am
Originally posted by UMUR UMUR wrote:

I don´t know zip about rugby (other than what Steve has told me about it, and a drunk English guy I met at a party once LOL). The sport doesn´t make the headlines in my country.


Too busy raping and pillaging our villages I reckon!! Tongue
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Originally posted by Colt Colt wrote:

Originally posted by UMUR UMUR wrote:

I don´t know zip about rugby (other than what Steve has told me about it, and a drunk English guy I met at a party once LOL). The sport doesn´t make the headlines in my country.


Too busy raping and pillaging our villages I reckon!! Tongue
 
Well the logo of my local football Club isn´t just for fun LOL
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The All Blacks have got the hard one out of the way. Three more training runs til the quarter finals. Argentina are going to beat the All Blacks one day, but I'm glad they didn't start doing it today.

The yellow cards were deserved. Wayne Barnes has improved as a ref. Sonny Bill Williams justified his selection. Steve Hanson said "fucking hell" in the press conference. Getting up at 4 in the morning is a bitch.

The other big news is definitely Japan beating South Africa. Out of 11,000 people in the online results picking competition I'm in, only 0.2 percent of people go that right!

Georgia beating Tonga was also an upset. Everything else has gone pretty much as expected. The Irish scored 50 but were still unhappy (they shouldn't be), the English were a bit scratchy beating Fiji but seemed happy (they shouldn't be either!), the Welsh were pretty good.

Roll on the next round!
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All Blacks have played two more games now. Neither have been very impressive, but it's a bit hard playing teams like Namibia and Georgia.

England on the verge of being knocked out by the Aussies tomorrow morning. Personally, I think they'll come back and beat Australia. After that, who knows?
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So much for me thinking England would do well! LOL

Always fine margins in rugby, a lapse of concentration against Wales gifting them a try when an experienced team would have closed the game out, especially after running the game for an hour.

Australia played well and deserved their victory. That said Hooper should have received a yellow card at least, if the pre-tournament guidelines were to be followed regarding high and illegal tackles he would have seen red and changed the result of the game.


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Originally posted by Colt Colt wrote:

So much for me thinking England would do well! LOL

Always fine margins in rugby, a lapse of concentration against Wales gifting them a try when an experienced team would have closed the game out, especially after running the game for an hour.

Australia played well and deserved their victory. That said Hooper should have received a yellow card at least, if the pre-tournament guidelines were to be followed regarding high and illegal tackles he would have seen red and changed the result of the game.



Hooper has been banned for a game. He'll miss the game vs Wales. Be interesting to see what a difference it makes. Looking forward to that more than All Blacks vs Tonga.
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The poor French, thought they had a chance.  I know the game isn't over yet but I can't see them coming back from 21 points down.
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LOL.
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Very unexpected scoreline! The South Africans struggled past Wales, so the semi could be very interesting.
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Go the AB's.....my South African brother in law won't be very happy.
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Went to bed about 1am (after seeing Neil Diamond in Dunedin!), then got up at 4 to watch the game, then went back to bed again for a couple of hours. Have since driven home from Dunedin. Need some sleep, which will come much easier knowing the ABs are in the final.Smile
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Go the All Blacks!!!!!!
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Fair play to the Aussies, they turned up today, but it basically showed the All Blacks on their day are just at a completely different level.

Didn't get to watch it live, cos cows wait for no man, or world cup final, but have seen the game now. I was a bit nervous listening to it, especially after Ben Smith got sent off (no argument, awful tackle), but Dan Carter had the game of his life today. Several legends of the game are retiring or going to France to earn some easy money, so it will be a very different team at the next world cup. If the Aussies can keep Michael Cheika, they will be a damn good chance for the next one.
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