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    England ready to kick-start World Cup. England will kick off the eighth Rugby World Cup on Friday when they take on Fiji at Twickenham 8pm.

    The hosts are aiming to repeat their success of 2003, when Jonny Wilkinson's dramatic drop-goal saw them become champions for the only time.

    About 2.3 million of the 2.45 million tickets have been sold for 48 games.
    New Zealand are defending champions, Wales are in a competitive pool with England and Australia, while Ireland and Scotland also hope to progress.

    In addition to fourth-ranked England and fifth-ranked Wales, who meet in a hugely important match on the second weekend of the tournament, Pool A contains two more sides in the top nine of the world rankings - second-placed Australia and Fiji.

    The 20-team World Cup, which runs until 31 October, will take place in stadiums across England and at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

    Eight of the 13 venues are football stadiums, while Twickenham, the Millennium Stadium, Gloucester's Kingsholm and Exeter's Sandy Park are the traditional rugby grounds to host matches.

    With Wembley and the Olympic Stadium also World Cup venues, 17 games will take place in London.

    Global governing body World Rugby says almost 500,000 overseas fans are expected to visit England and Wales during the tournament, with the World Cup bringing £1bn to the economy.

    A total of 102 nations entered the tournament, which will be broadcast to 772 million households - 15% up on 2011 - with games being shown live in both Germany and China for the first time.

    Reigning champions New Zealand go into the tournament as favourites, with England, South Africa and Australia - all former champions - among those tipped to do well.

    Ireland, France and Wales have also been touted as potential winners, although one of England, Wales or Australia will fail to reach the last eight as they are in the same pool.
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    Come on FIJI!!!!

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    Wales seem to be struggling; too little depth in the squad, those senior players who are not injured have seen better days, I think even Fiji will beat them with the Welsh crashing out fourth in the group!
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    Default Re: Rugby World Cup 2015

    Fiji lost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Master View Post
    Fiji lost.
    Sometimes the ref can be the 16th man out there...can we call the TMO the 17th man? I'm not sure if I like ITV's rugby commentary team less than I like their football commentary team for England games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Master View Post
    Fiji lost.
    But England will be overall disappointed; there is much to improve.

    On the bad side:

    Scrum was terrible.

    Lineout was no match winner.

    Turnovers were truly awful.

    On the good side:

    Did not panic.

    Discipline was generally sound.

    And most pleasing: When it came to the crunch and they had to get the final try (for the bonus point), unlike in the past when they have fallen short, this time they found a way to do it.

    So roll on Wales; if you get past Uruguay!
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    Quote Originally Posted by superheavyrhun View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Master View Post
    Fiji lost.
    Sometimes the ref can be the 16th man out there...can we call the TMO the 17th man? I'm not sure if I like ITV's rugby commentary team less than I like their football commentary team for England games.
    Agreed; and for a Welshman to admit the bias towards Fijians; shows how bad things got!

    LOL, England are the Millwall of Rugby...

    But you are right about commentary, I actually think in due course I will need to turn it off if that continues. I understand that there are people watching who do not really understand Rugby, but as well as being patronizing, the amount of stuff they got wrong too boot, even simple stuff when they were not listening to the ref, was ridiculous.
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    Awww, come on BK man. Every year I get just the 8 weeks of the Six Nations to hate the English Rugby team. RWC 2015 is the big chance to allow me to hate the English Rugby team for an extra six weeks of this special year. Here's a video made by a mate who sums it up:


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    I tried to get tickets for the World Cup 18 months or so ago. I got none, but was offered first priority in the second round of tickets for what remained.

    As all the London and South West tickets were gone; there was Brighton left; but I am not stupid, I was not going to pay £30/£40 on a South Africa mismatch; I even forgot the opposition... until today!
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    Bloody hell, Japan have just beaten the Springboks!!!!!! The biggest upset in rugby World Cup history, methinks.
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    The japan v south africa game was brilliant, I was just waiting for japan to get tired and south africa to pull away but they never did, hats off to the japs they played great, I am worried for scotland now :S.... Although I suspect japan used up a huge amount of energy in that game and may struggle for the rest of the tournament, I hope not though !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Britkid View Post
    I tried to get tickets for the World Cup 18 months or so ago. I got none, but was offered first priority in the second round of tickets for what remained.

    As all the London and South West tickets were gone; there was Brighton left; but I am not stupid, I was not going to pay £30/£40 on a South Africa mismatch; I even forgot the opposition... until today!

    Yes, it turned out I was rather stupid. But although @superheavyrhun got the irony, as an Englishman he will realize I will comeback; so here, according to the BBC a list of the top six Rugby World Cup upsets:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/34269878

    Note in Particular:

    1991: Western Samoa 16 Wales 13
    1999: Samoa 38 Wales 31
    2007: Fiji 38 Wales 34
    Last edited by Britkid; 09-20-2015 at 07:08 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Britkid View Post
    I tried to get tickets for the World Cup 18 months or so ago. I got none, but was offered first priority in the second round of tickets for what remained.

    As all the London and South West tickets were gone; there was Brighton left; but I am not stupid, I was not going to pay £30/£40 on a South Africa mismatch; I even forgot the opposition... until today!

    Yes, it turned out I was rather stupid. But although @superheavyrhun got the irony, as an Englishman he will realize I will comeback; so here, according to the BBC a list of the top six Rugby World Cup upsets:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/34269878

    Note in Particular:

    1991: Western Samoa 16 Wales 13
    1999: Samoa 38 Wales 31
    2007: Fiji 38 Wales 34

    Oh, I am sorry, a double post!
    Last edited by Britkid; 09-20-2015 at 07:09 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Britkid View Post
    I tried to get tickets for the World Cup 18 months or so ago. I got none, but was offered first priority in the second round of tickets for what remained.

    As all the London and South West tickets were gone; there was Brighton left; but I am not stupid, I was not going to pay £30/£40 on a South Africa mismatch; I even forgot the opposition... until today!

    Yes, it turned out I was rather stupid. But although @superheavyrhun got the irony, as an Englishman he will realize I will comeback; so here, according to the BBC a list of the top six Rugby World Cup upsets:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/34269878

    Note in Particular:

    1991: Western Samoa 16 Wales 13
    1999: Samoa 38 Wales 31
    2007: Fiji 38 Wales 34

    I am really sorry, a triple post mistake, who would be silly enough to do that?!
    Last edited by Britkid; 09-20-2015 at 07:09 AM.
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    Good job we weren't playing the Whole of Samoa the first time
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