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2011 Rugby World Cup

post #1 of 317
Thread Starter 
Pool A:
New Zealand
France
Tonga
Canada
Japan


Pool B
England
Argentina
Scotland
Georgia
Romania


Pool C
Australia
Ireland
Italy
USA
Russia

Pool D
South Africa
Wales
Samoa
Fiji
Namibia

Fixtures

  • All the pools look pretty easy, except maybe D. Hope Fiji and Samoa don't take each other out but that may happen.
  • A few big pool games:
  • Argentina vs England 10/9
  • South Africa vs Wales 11/9
  • Australia vs Ireland, 17/9
  • Wales vs Samoa 18/9
  • NZ vs France, 24/9
  • Fiji vs Samoa, 25/9
  • South Africa vs Samoa, 30/9

I'm guessing quarterfinals will be:
Australia vs Samoa (winner C runner up D) 8/10
England vs France (winner B runner up A) 8/10
South Africa vs Ireland (winner D runner up C) 9/10
New Zealand vs Argentina (winner A runner up B) 9/10

From there semis will probably be:
South Africa vs New Zealand
Australia vs England

and anyone's game from there.
post #2 of 317
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Oh and opens this friday with NZ vs Tonga.

Players to watch? know shit all about the northern hemisphere teams. Can't believe Wilkinson is here though, so overrated.

Selection is weird for NZ. we have a few incumbents with pressure on them. Muliaina hasn't played that well and Dagg is looking good for fullback. Weepu has been playing great at halfback but he's just too much of a good sub to have him starting, in that he can cover first five as well. Andrew Hore vs Keven Mealamu is tough to pick.

Kieran Read was a big loss, although Vito played really well when he came on last week. As did Ali Williams.

We're screwed if we lose McCaw or Carter. Slade is clearly nowhere near Carter, and I don't think we even have a substitute openside for McCaw.
post #3 of 317
Big pressure on NZ - home team and favourites again.
post #4 of 317
Wallabies win it all. All Blacks show how they are the most consistent team of the last 24 years.
post #5 of 317
The Wallabies have the best team, the most favourable draw, and are now playing an appealing form of rugby. But many teams tends toward a conservative style in World Cups, and this would favour the Springboks. Samoa are playing well, and I'd love to see them win a few games. NZ and SA to meet in the semi. The winner will lose to Australia in the final. But I just hope it's more entertaining than the last cup. Hilarious if France beat NZ again.
post #6 of 317
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It wouldn't matter so much if France beat NZ since they're in the same group, and both will probably go through to the quarters.

Wallabies have a good team but i don't think it's the best. Couple of good backs but weak in the centres. Couple of decent loose forwards but poor front row. Their draw is the easiest but that's not necessarily a good thing. It'll be a shock when they finally get to the semis and play a good team.

South Africa's strategy is gonna work in their pool against Samoa and Fiji, and it worked against the ABs last month, but unless Graham Henry and co are idiots it won't work again.

I mean we knew that the opposition can't run the ball or retain possession more than a few phases, why would we persist with short kick-offs and little chip kicks? kick deep man.
Edited by hendrix - 9/11/11 at 5:31am
post #7 of 317
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BTW anyone know anything about how England have been playing this year? I never follow Northern Hemisphere rugby, but it seems like they're sending the same team they sent to the 2003 WC. It'll be interesting to see how they go against Australia.
post #8 of 317
Is it possible to watch these matches in the US?

Can anyone point me to a schedule for US TV?


(Edit)

Did some googling. Can it really be true that only the US matches are being shown on US TV until the later stages of the tournament? Really?? I'm patriotic and all, but why would any real fan want to just watch the US matches?

Somebody please tell me that I've missed something, and I can watch the other matches too.
Edited by Kai - 9/7/11 at 2:34pm
post #9 of 317
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Originally Posted by Kai View Post

Is it possible to watch these matches in the US?

Can anyone point me to a schedule for US TV?


(Edit)

Did some googling. Can it really be true that only the US matches are being shown on US TV until the later stages of the tournament? Really?? I'm patriotic and all, but why would any real fan want to just watch the US matches?

Somebody please tell me that I've missed something, and I can watch the other matches too.

universal sports has the rundown of the matches. don't think you'll like what you read though. PPV is also an option.
post #10 of 317
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That's pretty poor if they're not being broadcast in the US. NZ is losing money on this world cup, on the faint hope that it'll bring tourism/whatever.
post #11 of 317
Arrgh. Looks like I will have to scour the internet for grey market feeds of the games I really want to watch. I've got 100 channels of shopping shows on my satellite TV, but no rugby. something is seriously wrong here.
post #12 of 317
UK are workmanlike. Will probably make semis and then its pot luck.
post #13 of 317
Thread Starter 
tonight:
post #14 of 317
NZ is looking rather strong.
post #15 of 317
As strong as they ever do. Playing Tonga isn't much of a challenge and even they admitted there is a lot to work on (a lot of handling errors!). The sad thing about Rugby is that there just isn't much competition past the top teams and even then i'd only say the 3 tri nations teams are consistent. France always give a great showing, England are tactical but yep. Oh, no chance Samoa are going through ahead of Wales in my opinion.

Also Sonny Bill was fantastic tonight so I hope the pundits shut the fuck up about him. Am happy for Kahui who has also had pressure on him as not being good enough over recent times. Cowen didn't do much for me today, would definitely prefer Weepu in there.
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