Rugby World Cup 2019 Warm-ups: Predictions

Sonny Bill Williams

There’s a busy weekend of international rugby coming up this weekend, with most of the big teams in action. Of particular interest to England fans, aside from England v Wales obviously, will be France’s match against Scotland, as well the Pumas in South Africa.

Here are my predictions for each match.

New Zealand v Australia
After a draw and a defeat in their last two matches, the All Blacks have yielded the Rugby Championship trophy to the Springboks and are giving the rest of the world some home ahead of the Rugby World Cup. Fortunately for them, this match is at Eden Park where they never lose, and so they won’t make it three in a row without a win.

New Zealand by 16

Wales v England
I’ll do this one separately…

South Africa v Argentina
Having won by 33 points away from home last weekend, this should be a straightforward home win for Boks at Loftus, despite making plenty of changes. They are timing their run perfectly for the World Cup, and the crowd will be buoyant as they send the team off to Japan.

South Africa by 18

Italy v Russia
My Russian rugby knowledge is fairly limited, admittedly, but I don’t fancy their chances at all at the World Cup, and although this is an understrength Italian team, this ought to be a home win.

Italy by 16

France v Scotland
The Scots never win in France, and I suspect it will be the same story this weekend. It’s a strong Scotland side, albeit with Adam Hastings at 10 rather than Finn Russell, and it would provide a huge confidence boost if they can pick up an away victori. But it’s also a strong France side, with a blend of power and guile, which is rather concerning from an English point of view.

France by 7

10 thoughts on “Rugby World Cup 2019 Warm-ups: Predictions

  1. NZ look a bit experimental again against 1st choice Aussie team I think this will be close with the Aussies potentially sneaking the win
    Aus by 2
    others i agree with all

  2. An Aus win would really put the cat amongst the pigeons, but can’t see it happening. They’ve not won at Eden Park for 33 years apparently and god knows when the last time was that they beat NZ in NZ. Plus heavy rain is forecast.
    Add all that up and it shouts AB victory.
    And if they don’t win? Well that would be a disaster for them

    1. Total of 4 caps on the wings and Barrett out of position at fullback so could be vulnerable under a slippery high ball. With Retalick/Barrett out, their 4th choice lock starting and a newbie lock on the bench they might not have the forwards dominance in the wet that they are used to. They probably will still win as they are strong at home but certainly not by 18 points and an upset is a real possibility (cue Don’s riposte)

      1. Not 1 to knowingly disappoint. You just contradicted yrself Leon. ‘Aus by 2’, then later; ‘They (NZ) will probably still win’. Covering bets? Cred problem fella. Stats addled yr brain? Is it still hurting?

      2. Another Cyrano de Bergerac type riposte. The two 4 cap wingers played as though they had a few more. Out of posi Barrett looked in place, whatever his field position. The 4th choice lock, Tuipulotu, was ‘outstanding’ according to Lynagh. And even the ‘shot’ Keiran Read fired. Right about the 18 pts though.

        1. Humble pie in hand
          NZ were very good and the wingers were excellent. Aus heads seemed to go down a bit by half time but the game was already lost by then
          kinda ask the question why Hansen has given them more caps by now 😉

  3. I expect the gap to be wider between Italy and Russia, remember they are only in due to the Putin effect…….. sorry I mean Romania, Spain and I think Germany fielding “ineligible” players.

      1. Germany just had all their players made unavailable to them because the guy who owns the club they played for and was bank rolling them had a falling out with the governing body

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