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    Lightbulb Re: RWC Japan 2019 - Predictions

    England squad has been named.
    Presumably they too are subject to the same wear and tear as any other team.

    England World Cup squad:
    Forwards:
    Dan Cole (Leicester, 86 caps), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter, 12), Tom Curry (Sale, 11), Ellis Genge (Leicester, 10), Jamie George (Saracens, 37), Maro Itoje (Saracens, 27), George Kruis (Saracens, 32), Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 59), Courtney Lawes (Northampton, 72), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton, 1), Joe Marler (Harlequins, 58), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 22), Jack Singleton (Saracens, 1), Sam Underhill (Bath, 9), Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 42), Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 53), Mark Wilson (Newcastle/Sale, 13).


    Backs:
    Joe Cokanasiga (Bath, 5), Elliot Daly (Saracens, 31), Owen Farrell (Saracens, 70), George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 56), Piers Francis (Northampton, 5), Willi Heinz (Gloucester, 1), Jonathan Joseph (Bath, 41), Jonny May (Leicester, 45), Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath, uncapped), Jack Nowell (Exeter, 33), Henry Slade (Exeter, 22), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester, 33), Anthony Watson (Bath, 34), Ben Youngs (Leicester, 86).
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    England’s team announcement was unusual to say the least.

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    Default Re: RWC Japan 2019 - Predictions

    I really like that.
    Great to acknowledge all the work that is done before any of them really think about being professional athletes, never mind international players. This should also help them all keep some perspective over the next weeks.

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    Fiji have named their RWC squad +1 player. (So 32, instead of the required 31.)
    Fijian coach John McKee has named an experienced squad to take to Japan, with 17 players backing up from the 2015 campaign. Dominiko Waqaniburotu is the side’s captain, one of 18 forwards named by McKee, while the 14 backs are headlined by former NRL star and current Toulouse centre Semi Radradra.

    Also included are four members of the Fijian sevens side which claimed their country’s maiden Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio Games – Josua Tuisova, Viliame Mata, Semi Kunatani and Leone Nakarawa, the latter of whom is one of five players to be playing at a third World Cup.

    Fiji World Cup squad
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    Lee-Roy Atalifo, Tevita Cavubati, Mesulame Dolokoto, Semi Kunatani, Campese Ma’afu, Viliame Mata, Samuel Matavesi, Eroni Mawi, Leone Nakarawa, Api Ratuniyarawa, Tevita Ratuva, Peni Ravai, Manasa Saulo, Kalivati Tawake, Ratu Vere Vugakoto, Mosese Voka, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Peceli Yato.

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    Levani Botia, Vereniki Goneva, Frank Lomani, Joshua Matavesi, Nikola Matawalu, Kini Murimurivalu, Filipo Nakosi, Waisea Nayacalevu, Semi Radradra, Henry Seniloli, Josua Tuisova, Jale Vatubua, Alivereti Veitokani, Ben Volavola

    *One to be omitted
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    Default Re: RWC Japan 2019 - Predictions

    Quote Originally Posted by L'irlandais View Post
    Ah, I take it you don’t agree. Should England meet Wales in the Quarterfinals, my moneys on Wales.
    Where is your money tomorrow?

    A cynic would note that money spinning RWC warm up games played home and away normally result in two home wins

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    Default Re: RWC Japan 2019 - Predictions

    A few big names out for New Zealand tomorrow as Hansen bloods a few players. Should be a cracker.

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    Well, if Wales win or England win by 16 points or more, either of them would move to the world number one spot.
    What are the chances of that? My attention this weekend is on the Argentina game, against RSA
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    Joe Schmidt starting to show his hand:
    Ireland Squad for warm-up game against England
    Player/Club/Province/Caps –
    15. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 90
    14. Jordan Larmour (St. Mary’s College/Leinster) 14
    13. Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 21
    12. Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 17
    11. Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 19
    10. Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 2
    9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 72
    1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 89
    2. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 117
    3. Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 33
    4. Iain Henderson (Queen’s University/Ulster) 45
    5. Jean Kleyn (Munster) 1
    6. Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 57
    7. Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 17
    8. CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 31

    Replacements:

    16. Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster) 68
    17. Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s College/Ulster) 55
    18. Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 15
    19. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 65
    20. Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Munster) 6
    21. Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 11
    22. Jack Carty (Buccaneers/Connacht) 4
    23. Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 13

    Although the World Cup Squad won’t be revealed until the last possible moment (September 9th)

    England: Daly; Cokanasiga, Tuilagi, Farrell, May; Ford, Youngs; Marler, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Kruis, Curry, Underhill, B Vunipola.

    Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, M Vunipola, Cole, Lawes, Wilson, Heinz, Francis, Joseph.
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    Default Re: RWC Japan 2019 - Predictions

    Australia have named their RWC squad.

    Australia World Cup squad

    Forwards - Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, Jack Dempsey, Folau Fainga'a, Michael Hooper (captain), Sekope Kepu, Tolu Latu, Isi Naisarani, David Pocock, Izack Rodda, Rob Simmons, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Scott Sio, James Slipper, Taniela Tupou, Jordan Uelese


    Backs - Adam Ashley-Cooper, Kurtley Beale, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Leali'ifano, James O'Connor, Jordan Petaia, Matt Toomua, Nic White
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    Default Re: RWC Japan 2019 - Predictions

    Quote Originally Posted by buff View Post
    Because it would be nice to beat somebody before the World Cup begins. That is assuming we actually beat them.
    So much for momentum going into the World Cup. We lost 38-35. We will beat the British Columbia All-Stars, then get thrashed by the US in the last warm-up game.

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