Rugby World Cup 2015 – How will the home nations do?

21/09/15

England v Fiji - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool A

Friday saw the much anticipated 8th Rugby World Cup get underway with hosts England winning against Fiji. Many fans will be happy that the tournament has finally got underway and it has already thrown up some huge surprises.

England v Fiji - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool A

We take a look at the home nations chances for the tournament:

England

England v Fiji - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool A

England will be more than happy with their victory over Fiji in the opening game, releasing all the pre-tournament pressure that built up. It was however, an unconvincing performance by England which will create some cause for concern in the England Camp as Fiji outplayed them for periods of the game on Friday. England lost 16 turnovers and 7 rucks which is simply not the way wannabe world champions should be playing, with further tests to come we will see what this England side are really made of.   Result: 35 – 11 England V Fiji

Whos’s next for England:

England V Wales – Twickenham – Saturday 26th Sept – 8pm

England V Australia – Twickenham – Saturday 3rd Oct – 8pm

England V Uruguay – Etihad – Saturday – 10th Oct – 8pm

Our prediction for England:

Even though the first game was unimpressive, with home support on their side and with a side packed with talent we think England have everything it takes to go all the way. Winners

Wales

Wales v Uruguay - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool A

Wales’ campaign got off to a winning start against minnows Uruguay on Sunday. It was a predictable demolition against a team made up mainly of solicitors and accountants. Wales know that the bigger challenges lay ahead and will find it very difficult to get out of the Group of Death. With losing superstar Leigh halfpenny and a host of others before the world cup, Sundays hat trick hero’s: Cory Allen and Samson Lee as well as Liam Williams , Paul James and Aaron Jarvis are all major injury concerns meaning Wales’ near impossible task just got that bit harder

Result: 54 – 9 Wales V Uruguay

Who’s next for Wales:

England V Wales – Twickenham – Saturday 26th Sept – 8pm

Wales V Fiji – Millennium Stadium – Thursday 1st Oct – 4:45pm

Australia V Wales – Twickenham – Saturday Oct 10th – 4:45pm

Our Prediction for Wales:

With their injury concerns we think Wales will struggle to get out of the group of death: Knocked out in the groups

Scotland

France's Huget and Ben Arous fight for the ball with Scotland's Laidlaw in their rugby union match at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis

Scotland get their hopes of glory underway against giant beaters Japan on Wednesday. This fixture is sure to be tasty and will no longer be considered a walkover by Vern Cotter and his men. Scotland have brought a team full of talent to the tournament but the fans won’t be too confident with inconsistent results and performances prior to the tournament. Never the less Scottish fans will no doubt turn up in their thousands and make their games feel like home games.

Who’s next for Scotland:

Scotland V Japan – Gloucester – Wednesday Sept 23rd – 2:30pm

Scotland V USA – Elland Road – Sunday Sept 27th – 2:30pm

South Africa V Scotland – St James Park – Saturday Oct 3rd – 4:45pm

Samoa V Scotland – St James Park – Saturday Oct 10th – 2:30pm

Our Prediction for Scotland:

With the Group being blown wide open it is very hard to predict who will progress to the group stages, however we believe Scotland have got what it takes to get to the knockout stages. Quarter Finals

Ireland

Ireland v Canada - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D

Ireland opened up their campaign with a ruthless and composed display against Canada on Saturday. After the disappointment they suffered at the hands England and Wales in the warm up games, Ireland looked back to their best. Irelands forwards were back to their best after lacking physicality in the warm up matches and Johnny Sexton showed his class in a man of the match performance. With no real injury concerns Ireland will be looking to build their confidence against the lesser teams in their group in preparation for the knock out stages. Result: 50 – 7 Ireland V Canada

Who’s next for Ireland:

Ireland V Romania – Wembley – Sunday Sept 27th – 4:45pm

Ireland V Italy – Olympic Stadium – Sunday Oct 4th – 4:45pm

France V Ireland – Millenium Stadium – Sunday Oct 11th – 4:45pm

Our Prediction for Ireland:

We expect Ireland to make light work of their group opponents, It will be a lot tougher when they face the big boys in the knock out round but we think Ireland will shine at this tournament: Semi Final

Tune in to the follow up blog to see our thoughts on the Long Shots in the tournament.

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