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Rugby World Cup 2019 Japan The hunt for Webb Ellis

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  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭thomond2006


    Anscombe out of RWC.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 10,349 Mod ✭✭✭✭aloooof


    Anscombe out of RWC.

    Another quality player down. We'll be able to make a pretty decent injured 15 before the end of the warm-ups, I fear...


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,218 ✭✭✭ongarite


    Anscombe out of RWC.

    That's a huge blow to Wales. Who will play 10 now in his place?
    Biggar is OK but doesn't have the pace and flair of Anscombe.


  • Subscribers Posts: 41,215 ✭✭✭✭sydthebeat


    a bit harsh on Danny Care IMHO.


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Very disappointing for Anscombe and Wales.

    I'm nervius about our trip to Twickenham, such a physical team at home, we'll likely pick up knocks.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 16,831 ✭✭✭✭Clegg


    Anscombe actually played on for 5-10 minutes after sustaining the injury. Must've been in excruciating pain the whole time.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,837 ✭✭✭shootermacg


    Very disappointing for Anscombe and Wales.

    I'm nervius about our trip to Twickenham, such a physical team at home, we'll likely pick up knocks.

    I'd be throwing cannon fodder at that game, can't afford to be losing our top picks to injury.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,240 ✭✭✭✭Burkie1203


    McKenzie SOB Leavy Anscombe Faletau already out
    Add in Ghiraldini too

    Retallick is a doubt?


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,301 ✭✭✭Dubinusa


    England look really strong as do the Boks.
    That could be the final!


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,745 ✭✭✭✭molloyjh


    Its still over 2 months to the QFs. Teams dont need to start peaking until then. Loads and loads of time yet for things to change.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,689 ✭✭✭✭Eod100


    Dubinusa wrote: »
    England look really strong as do the Boks.
    That could be the final!

    Likely playing Wales or Australia so guess "easier" draw but then again Australia beat NZ at weekend and Wales beat England in 6N. Kinda puts a different context on the warm-up games with England potentially playing Wales in a QF.


  • Registered Users Posts: 586 ✭✭✭andymx11


    Some cracking games in round 1 but not really much ground for any major upsets. When I say upsets I mean Japan beating South Africa not Scotland beating Ireland!

    Argentina might overturn France but that’s not an upset.

    Could Namibia put it up to Italy? Probably not..


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,486 ✭✭✭swiwi_




    This puppy is worth a watch. Will be interesting to see how Georgia fare, they have a tough enough pool and their match against Fiji will probably be crucial for securing 3rd spot and automatic qualification for 2023.


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Trying to put together some kind of betting game amongst 6 people for the world cup. Any ideas? The more convoluted, the better. So far I have; three teams each. Drop the bottom two teams (Namibia and Uruguay). Rest divided into three tiers by their odds on winning the entire thing.

    New Zealand
    South Africa
    England
    Ireland
    Wales
    Australia

    Scotland
    France
    Argentina
    Japan
    Fiji
    Italy

    Georgia
    Samoa
    Tonga
    Russia
    USA
    Canada

    Get one team from each. Head-to-heads count towards your own total score. Ideally you don't want to be against your own team. Not sure how to handle that aspect.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,662 ✭✭✭dr.kenneth noisewater


    Maybe a predictions competition? each game and by how much with bonus points for closeness to the score. everyone picks the winner, finalist, top scorer and top try scorer beforehand


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,972 ✭✭✭Yeah_Right


    Speaking of bonus points, at the RWC are they using the French and SH version or the UK, Pro 14, Heineken Cup version?


  • Registered Users Posts: 367 ✭✭letsgo2018


    Not a big Rugby fan but will probably watch along and soak up the atmosphere. Am I right in saying the expectations of ireland arent as high as they were last year and the teams form has dwindled


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,967 ✭✭✭✭The Lost Sheep


    Yeah_Right wrote: »
    Speaking of bonus points, at the RWC are they using the French and SH version or the UK, Pro 14, Heineken Cup version?
    UK version.
    letsgo2018 wrote: »
    Not a big Rugby fan but will probably watch along and soak up the atmosphere. Am I right in saying the expectations of ireland arent as high as they were last year and the teams form has dwindled
    ultimately still Hope's to get to at least a semi final which is all we need...


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,745 ✭✭✭✭molloyjh


    Wales squad for the weekend. Not much rotation there. Gatland might be pushing his luck here a bit with these selections. Will he rotate for the games against us or go strong there too?



  • Subscribers Posts: 41,215 ✭✭✭✭sydthebeat


    molloyjh wrote: »
    Wales squad for the weekend. Not much rotation there. Gatland might be pushing his luck here a bit with these selections. Will he rotate for the games against us or go strong there too?

    https://twitter.com/SunJonnyFordham/status/1161942055209320448?s=08

    Schmidt and Gatland have already talked and agreed as to how they are going to line up and approaches those 2 games

    id expect plenty of experimentation and pretty lacklustre performances


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  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭thomond2006


    Forwards:
    Campese Ma’afu, Eroni Mawi, Peni Ravai, Mesulame Dolokoto, Samuel Matavesi, Ratu Vere Vugakoto, Lee-Roy Atalifo, Manasa Saulo, Kalivati Tawake, Tevita Cavubati, Leone Nakarawa, Api Ratuniyarawa, Tevita Ratuva, Semi Kunatani, Viliame Mata, Mosese Voka, Dominiko Waqaniburotu (c), Peceli Yato

    Backs:
    Frank Lomani, Nikola Matawalu, Henry Seniloli, Levani Botia, Jale Vatubua, Ben Volavola, Vereniki Goneva, Filipo Nakosi, Waisea Nayacalevu, Semi Radradra, Josua Tuisova, Joshua Matavesi, Alivereti Veitokani, Kini Murimurivalu

    Fiji's 32 man squad. One player to be cut prior to the RWC.


  • Registered Users Posts: 586 ✭✭✭andymx11


    Now I’ve only ever been to rugby games in the Aviva and Cardiff but is it just me or do the actual pitches look super far away from the stands in a lot of the RWC stadiums?


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 11,886 Mod ✭✭✭✭Cookiemunster


    andymx11 wrote: »
    Now I’ve only ever been to rugby games in the Aviva and Cardiff but is it just me or do the actual pitches look super far away from the stands in a lot of the RWC stadiums?

    They're using a load of stadiums with running tracks in them, so yeah the crowd will be miles from the pitch.


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Watching the England game. Big error there from Halfpenny, spills a ball in a poor position but the bigger failing was Forde. He is so one dimensional, had numbers wide and Wales defence was very loose and he failed to spot or capitalise.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,218 ✭✭✭ongarite


    Poor defence from usually rock solid Wales.
    England breaking the gain line in midfield too easy with strong runners.
    I don't fancy their chances in WC with Biggar at 10.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,351 ✭✭✭dublinman1990


    James Davis is now off the pitch for Wales.

    It probably won't be long now for a try to happen from Wales.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,351 ✭✭✭dublinman1990


    Wales have got their 3 points on the board. England still have nothing on the board so far.


  • Registered Users Posts: 301 ✭✭davepatr07


    Typical England, brute bash rugby.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,351 ✭✭✭dublinman1990


    George North has a try for Wales.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,599 ✭✭✭ScrubsfanChris


    Ford is so average. Not the man you need in a comeback.


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