NZRW PREDICTION HOW
POOL WILL FINISH
Probably the easiest pool of all to predict how it will wash up. With the best will in the world, the three Tier Two countries just don’t have enough firepower to knock over either New Zealand or Argentina. Tonga may push the Pumas hard and knock them about for a bit but the latter’s exposure to the Rugby Championship has given them more than enough polish to negotiate the Islanders.
Georgia versus Tonga may be the tightest game of all and could end up being a flick of the coin, while Namibia aren’t unlikely to be anything other than cannon fodder. As long as the All Blacks don’t come out cold and give the Pumas a sniff in their opening game, we believe the pool will finish like this:
1. NEW ZEALAND