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England vs NZ RWC Semi Final, 26th October 2019 match thread.

  • 26-10-2019 7:56am
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    Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Venue: International Stadium Yokohama
    Kick off 5pm local, 9am Irish time, 9pm NZ time.
    Officials: Ref: Nigel Owens(Wales). Assistant referees: Romain Poite(France) & Pascal Gauzere(France). TMO Marius Jonker (SA).


    Teams:

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    Both teams have significant changes from the match at the end of 2018. The addition of the Vunipola boys will make a huge difference for England, and the NZ team has had multiple changes across the pitch.

    Team Selections

    England:

    Eddie Jones has decided to reshuffle his backline, with Ford coming in, Farrell moving to 12 and Slade dropping out of the starting lineup. With the backline performing well last week, it will be interesting to see if this is the right call.


    NZ:

    NZ have decided to bulk up the forward pack, with Scott Barrett coming into blindside flanker, and Sam Cane dropping to the bench. Savea moves to openside. No doubt, this is to combat the bulk of the Vunipolas.


    Key Matchups:

    There's interesting matchups across the field, but some of the more interesting ones for me:

    Loose forwards: Can the power of Billy V be negated by the NZ loose 3? Will the England loosies be able to stop Savea from making his usual yardage?

    Midfield: The English combination of creativity of Farrell and bish bash bosh of Tuilagi against the solid defence and offloading game of ALB and Goodhue.

    Back 3: The back 3 for both sides are lethal. The question is which team will take their chances when they arise?


    Prediction:

    A tight match with less than a score in it

    England 19-25 NZ


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Comments

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 7,466 ✭✭✭ blinding


    Is Billy Vunipola really fit . I suppose we will find out today .


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,868 ✭✭✭ Lucy8080


    Fair play. Think both semi-finals deserve a match thread.


  • Registered Users Posts: 389 ✭✭ mcgragger


    The winner here wins the tournament.

    Hoping for NZ


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 9,275 Mod ✭✭✭✭ seligehgit


    mcgragger wrote: »
    The winner here wins the tournament.

    Hoping for NZ

    It should be a cracker.I think England have a real shot at this.

    Hoping for a win for the sweet chariot. No offence to the All Blacks but a new winner would be nice.


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  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Pitch isn't looking great.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,274 ✭✭✭✭ y0ssar1an22


    would like to see them stretch during the haka. stop paying it respect


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,868 ✭✭✭ Lucy8080


    Good few Irish in the stadium.


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,795 ✭✭✭✭ Mantis Toboggan


    Plenty of gusto from the English in the anthem, not like us not even signing our national anthem.


    IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN: "In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom"

    Irish Proclamation



  • Registered Users Posts: 12,274 ✭✭✭✭ y0ssar1an22


    Plenty of gusto from the English in the anthem, not like us not even signing our national anthem.

    its theirs for a good majority


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  • Registered Users Posts: 29,295 ✭✭✭✭ Mint Sauce


    NZL singing the extended version of their Anthem.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,150 ✭✭✭✭ LuckyGent88


    Expecting a massive contest. Clearly the two best teams in the competition.

    Think England will try get the territory and force New Zealand into mistakes. Try and get points at every opportunity.

    Going to be very close but will go for New Zealand by 5


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,757 ✭✭✭ Hurrache


    Can we take it that everything about the Haka has already been said?


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    England poking the bear


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,868 ✭✭✭ Lucy8080


    Ohhhhhhhhh a response to the haka!


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Please somebody wipe that smirk off Farrell's face.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 13,456 Mod ✭✭✭✭ ednwireland


    Hurrache wrote: »
    Can we take it that everything about the Haka has already been said?

    1 anthem just like ireland pick one


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,274 ✭✭✭✭ y0ssar1an22


    fair play!


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,757 ✭✭✭ Hurrache


    Fair play England.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,264 ✭✭✭ realhorrorshow


    Must suck for TJ to get all pumped up for the haka then go sit on the bench for an hour.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,274 ✭✭✭✭ y0ssar1an22


    donal...technically your not allowed pass the halfway line. according to who? the sponsors?


  • Registered Users Posts: 49,213 ✭✭✭✭ walshb


    Come on, England!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 18,961 ✭✭✭✭ Shefwedfan


    Plenty of gusto from the English in the anthem, not like us not even signing our national anthem.

    Yes ireland singing the anthem with gusto was going to change the result last week


  • Registered Users Posts: 56,308 ✭✭✭✭ FrancieBrady


    Here we go...winner takes all methinks.


  • Registered Users Posts: 654 ✭✭✭ Gonad


    England mean business


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 13,456 Mod ✭✭✭✭ ednwireland


    yeeeeeeeessssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,757 ✭✭✭ Hurrache


    That was brilliant.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,782 ✭✭✭✭ whatawaster


    What a start from England


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 9,275 Mod ✭✭✭✭ seligehgit


    What a start!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,651 ✭✭✭✭ MadYaker


    Dream start for the brits!


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