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Your prefered QF

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  • 22-08-2023 10:59am
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    Registered Users Posts: 7,965 ✭✭✭connachta


    We all know we had the worst draw ever

    Choose between plague and cholera

    Your prefered QF 185 votes

    France
    40%
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    New Zealand
    49%
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    Being out of the pool, to avoid this awful dilemna
    10%
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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,129 ✭✭✭PMC83


    France

    Gotta be the devil we know, even its their home world cup



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,965 ✭✭✭connachta


    New Zealand

    Home ref will matter badly

    I've picked N-Z



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,443 ✭✭✭kuang1


    New Zealand

    If we're to play France I'd rather it be the final.

    NZ please fora 50/50 game.



  • Registered Users Posts: 13,659 ✭✭✭✭thebaz


    Have we ever won a knockout game at a WC ?

    For that reason, and NZ seam to be coming good just at the right time - France - wil be very tough (either)



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,492 ✭✭✭swiwi_


    Scotland please :)



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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,230 ✭✭✭All_in_Flynn


    France

    Went with France but it will be interesting to see NZ this week provided they go with a strong team. I think opening game will also tell us a lot.

    Think we have the measure of France at the moment. Not sure about NZ yet.



  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 26,804 Mod ✭✭✭✭Podge_irl


    France

    I said france though I guess it's premature as if the opening game is one sided then the answer will be clear!



  • Moderators, Sports Moderators, Regional Midwest Moderators Posts: 23,965 Mod ✭✭✭✭Clareman


    New Zealand

    I'd like to get there first 😁

    Injuries and depth is going to be huge again in this RWC, with our 2 "big" games coming straight before the quarter final there could be a lot of damaged bodies out there but the gap between SA and Scotland should help players recover. We don't have a good record against France in France and historically the best time to beat NZ is the quarter final so I'll go for NZ, just.



  • Administrators Posts: 53,768 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭awec


    France

    I think France, because we beat them regularly and it will be less mental pressure than a QF against New Zealand.

    I think the fact we've never won a knockout game has an effect on us mentally, it is bound to have an impact on the players leading up to the game. Similar to how we never beat New Zealand, there was a mental barrier, then we beat them once, then a few more times, and now we feel like we could beat them in any game.

    Get the knockout hoodoo off our backs and we could beat anyone, so France for me.



  • Registered Users Posts: 272 ✭✭sekond


    France

    France. But for mostly non-rugby reasons. I'm married to a kiwi - there's a strong possibility of us not speaking to each other for a while if we play NZ in the QF. I reckon both of us have more chance of being a good loser/gracious winner later in the process!



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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators, Regional Midwest Moderators Posts: 23,965 Mod ✭✭✭✭Clareman


    New Zealand

    In the last 10 games it's 6 wins for Ireland and 4 for France, against New Zealand it's 5-5



  • Registered Users Posts: 16,724 ✭✭✭✭banie01


    New Zealand

    I went with NZ, solely because we will have to beat them at some stage. That said, I am a cynic grown used to us going to RWC full of hope and on the crest of a wave of good performances.

    I do think this is the year we buck the trend and that this group of players can dig out a win against any team in the world.

    It's the hope that really gets ya 😉



  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    We're going to win all our games and win the world cup.

    The who is irrelevant.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,691 ✭✭✭Shehal


    France

    Judging on last summer we have the measure of NZL almost as much.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,691 ✭✭✭Shehal


    France

    If anything that hoodoo is why I would like France, ultimately France have as many players who have been to a SF as Ireland so if it becomes a tense last 20 mins France will be feeling the pressure as much as we will. NZL on the other hand dont have those issues.



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,965 ✭✭✭connachta


    New Zealand

    I should have rephrased option 3 as

    "it's up to Ben Healy and Jean Kleyn to choose as they'll kick our ass out in pool stage" 🤣



  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 10,586 Mod ✭✭✭✭aloooof


    France

    France for me. We’ve beaten them in a RWC. That and the loss of Ntamack shades it for me.



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,037 ✭✭✭OldRio


    Just make it out of the pool.



  • Registered Users Posts: 355 ✭✭El Vino


    France

    France, all day and twice on Sundays. We thought we had NZ's number prior to last world cup and look how that went. SA V NZ in the other Semi and let the Boks kick the crap out of them. Even if they win it will take lots out of them!



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,965 ✭✭✭connachta


    New Zealand

    You don't get it

    it's new-zealand or france + a homer of a ref

    every 50/50 calls will be against us

    not vs the Kiwis



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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,379 ✭✭✭✭AbusesToilets


    France

    Dream revenge run in would be France, Argentina and Wales



  • Registered Users Posts: 646 ✭✭✭jeff bingham


    France

    Didnt realise there was a French referee appointed already…



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,965 ✭✭✭connachta


    New Zealand

    It's a French international ref yeah. Under pressure of 80K. Everybody knows how home advantage turns 50/50 calls, and that's why home win ratio is far more than 50%. It's not only knowledge of the field configuration (which helps france too)

    New Zealand please



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,002 ✭✭✭SaoPaulo41


    France. If we do get out of group the hoodoo to get past 1/4s will be big ,but nothing like the pressure France will be under. I think they could crack.



  • Registered Users Posts: 151 ✭✭rudiger2.0


    New Zealand

    Let's beat New Zealand in the QF and then it's smooth sailing into a final against France, who'll lose their nerve with all the pressure in front of a home crowd.

    After all that, it's off for a nice meal with Jennifer Lawrence.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,928 ✭✭✭.Donegal.


    Being out of the pool, to avoid this awful dilemna

    I’ve been brushing up on my French lately and my god their rugby fans do not like us one bit. On l'equipe after the English game it was constant complaining, calling us cheats and our opponents never finish with 15. That was from a game that didn’t include France, madness. I didn’t notice any English complaints after the game. Same on all the YouTube comments of recent matches between Ireland and France. They hate us lol. So I’d love to face them and beat them and read their crying comments.



  • Moderators, Arts Moderators Posts: 35,437 Mod ✭✭✭✭pickarooney


    Reading l'équipe or Rugbyrama comments is like reading the drivel posted on The journal. It's just endless conspiracy theories. When there's no international rugby on they repeatedly post the same shite about Toulouse.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,110 ✭✭✭Red Silurian


    New Zealand

    I think we have a better chance at beating NZ in France than beating France in France. With that being said, our chances of beating either are slim

    Personal opinion



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,492 ✭✭✭swiwi_


    Nothing like the refined considerate discussion on the 42.ie so.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,920 ✭✭✭✭stephen_n


    New Zealand

    Or Boards but in general there is a lot of love for France here. The Welsh or the Scots no but that’s the devil you know I guess. We are not used to being rivals for big teams.



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