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Discussion in 'Southampton' started by The Ides of March, Sep 8, 2023.

  1. The Ides of March

    The Ides of March Well-Known Member

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    1. The Rugby Union World Cup 2023


    The 10th edition of this fantastic tournament starts tonight featuring a match involving teams, one of which could win the whole competition. Whether that is France or New Zealand, we shall just have to watch and witness as the tournament progresses.

    When the draw was made it pitched the top five teams into Pools A and B, meaning that at least one of Ireland, South Africa and Scotland won’t make it out of the group stage.

    It would appear that Australia and England are in the “weaker” half of the draw as they won’t have to play one of the favourites until a semi-final. Imagine England getting to the final of the basis of the turgid rugby that they have delivered since 2019 doesn’t bear thinking about. Perhaps one of the Pacific Islands can get out of the group and make the semi-final instead, which I think would be good for the game of rugby as a whole.

    Anyhow, enough of the speculation. Let’s all enjoy a great tournament with runnng rugby to the fore, as in 2015.
     
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  2. SaintsForTheWin

    SaintsForTheWin Any holes a goal

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    Predicting a South Africa win, England and wales to do ****e.

    Off to St Etienne next week to watch Aus v Fiji

    I’m a touch excited for this tournament
     
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  3. tomw24

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    What a match to kick the tournament off. I just hope the tournament isn't dominated by red cards.
     
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    That didn't take NZ long.
     
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    I hate the way nothing is allowed to
    be an accident in rugby these days
     
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    France just too good tonight
     
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    France are good, New Zealand very ordinary compared with their great team of 8 years ago. Unless there is a massive improvements, they are unlikely to get past the qf. If that happens, NZ rugby is in for an interesting but turbulent time!
     
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    How where France allowed to get away with the constant time-wasting. What's the point of having a timer to keep the game flowing, when the French get away with slowing the game down.
     
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    Worse. the share market will crash, exports will stop, no kids will go to school, busses will stop running. The whole country will go into mourning.
     
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    Even worse than that. It will disappear into the Pacific Ocean! I take it the media there are upping the crisis of the All.Blacks being eliminated and Foster being seen as the worst possible person ever.
     
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    Only a fool would discount them just yet though. Bit like Germany in football tournaments, and France could equally easily ‘do a Brazil’.
     
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    I ask myself, are they any better than in 2019? IMO they are weaker, but feel.free to quote me if they reach the final. I feel there will be a surprise package that will reach the final, though. Oz??
     
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    As a probable result of last night's match, New Zealand will finish no better than second in Group A. The next round of fixtures will pitch the winners of Group B against Group A runners up. It will be interesting to see if any of South Africa, Ireland or Scotland (or Tonga or Romania) try their hardest to not quite win the group, thus avoiding NZ. Having said that, a match against France will not necessarily be a better option.
     
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    I’m claiming my months in Fiji as some kind of heritage, and throwing my support in that direction!
     
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    I put £50 on France to win when you could get odds of 12:1

    I have a very keen interest in this tournament after last night :)
     
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    Could be a red for England after 3 minutes. <doh>
     
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    How is that a red in a contact sport? The guy comes down and falls really low his way. I am trying to like this sport but that is nonsense if they give a res.
     
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    That will be a red. Argies will be down to 14.
     
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    I get player safety but wow this sport…
     
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    Curry red carded.
     
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