THREE TEAMS WHO ARE GO­ING TO UN­DER ACHIEVE

NZ Rugby World Tournament Guide - - THE TOURNAMENT ORACLE -

ENG­LAND

They are in the group of death and we are pre­dict­ing they won’t get out of it. They are, on bal­ance, the best side – bet­ter than Wales and Aus­tralia – but play­ing at home, watch them im­plode un­der the weight of ex­pec­ta­tion.

FRANCE

If they make it out of their pool – and that is a big if as Italy could well beat them – they will be taken apart by the All Blacks in the quar­ter­fi­nal. This is of course po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous talk given World Cup history. But it’s just as true to say it’s top qual­ity anal­y­sis given non World Cup history as France have been a to­tal sham­bles for the last decade.

SOUTH AFRICA

This is wish­ful think­ing not like the well re­searched stuff we have been lit­ter­ing the rest of these pages with. If ev­ery­thing goes to form, the Boks will play the All Blacks in the semi­fi­nal and that’s a big worry. So let’s cheer our­selves up by say­ing – for no valid rea­son – the Boks will lose their quar­ter­fi­nal and go home early.

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