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Old 10-27-2003, 01:29 AM   #1
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Rugby World Cup


Who do you think will win?
Mighty All Blacks
or
Not so good'Boks
or
is it the Kangaroos on the rampageWallabies
or
The French,remember them,the 99 World Cup and the biggest upset of all times.
As for me I don't think I have to tell which team I am rooting for,easy enough.
 
Old 10-27-2003, 07:19 AM   #2
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Well........ being English, I'd like to see England win - however, they seem to be tight at the moment and lacking width - more running Rugby needed.............
 
Old 10-27-2003, 04:35 PM   #3
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ABs forever

As a Kiwi living in the US it gives me automatic rights to be even MORE patriotic than usual!!

I hope that the ABs take it!!!!

cheers
Jo
 
Old 10-27-2003, 08:20 PM   #4
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I see the US pulling off a few upsets and going all the way.

http://www.rugby.com.au/news.rugby/article/12096

Wasn't the US runner up in a World Cup back in the 50s?

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Old 10-27-2003, 11:38 PM   #5
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There is something wrong,there was no world cup back in 50s,coz the first one was played in 87.Anyway,USA will definitely win if there is a american football world cup.
And Skyline ,England recieved a rude wakeup call.Hope,they perform better after their mediocre performance against Samoa.
 
Old 10-28-2003, 04:51 PM   #6
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My bad for not being more specific, I was talking about the Fifa World Cup. And the US lost to Argentina in the semi-finals, the year, 1930. Long time ago
 
Old 10-28-2003, 05:17 PM   #7
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Quote:
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My bad for not being more specific, I was talking about the Fifa World Cup. And the US lost to Argentina in the semi-finals, the year, 1930. Long time ago
Is this like slashdot - Can I mod these Soccer/Football related posts down for being off topic??

This is RUGBY we are talking about in here... although it should be pointed out, the US did just win there first game in 16years at world cup level!!!
 
Old 10-28-2003, 08:53 PM   #8
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It does make me laugh.

There is a strong likelyhood, that england will win it, but they haven't until Martin Johnson is holding the "cup" above his head

But equally, South Africa, Australia, or the Kiwi's could win it, they're all top teams.

And just because Samoa is a small place, people forget that most of their players are from MAJOR clubs across the world.

I can't envisage anyone else getting a lookin, but that's not to say that they're always going to be "second class", the Italians have improved no end, since they started participating in the 6 nations. Also, given the size of the US population, they have the potential to be able to supply decent teams in just about any sport.

Lets face it, if some of those blokes in the US who spend their time playing "Rugby for poofs" (aka American football), took up "normal" rugby (either "union" or "league"), then that potential COULD be fulfilled (though if they found that they had a liking for "tea breaks", it would have to be union - beer drinkers play proper rugby - aka league )

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Old 10-28-2003, 09:29 PM   #9
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Hmmmm....the last poster said it all really but can't resist chipping in....what is wrong with everyone re: England's performance?

Samoa has a very good Rugby team with players who are involved at the top level worldwide. If they had the wherewithal to keep all their native players at home, playing for Samoa rather than Aussie or NZ, they'd probably be unquestioned world champs. They don't; so effectively England played the Samoa second team - who were very good, yes; but not quite good enough.

Because there's one point the critics seem to have forgotten...England *won* that game. Yes they did! By thirteen points ie. two tries or so.

To win against both SA and Samoa when the team is obviously not quite at its best...in what way is this a failure, or a 'wake up call'? I don't understand. To me what we have seen here is this: Even when playing below par, England are better than almost anyone else in the world. Yet to be tested against the All Blacks or Aussie, true; but we shall see; and on present form what exactly is supposed to be the problem?

I blame the Press. But then, I blame them for 'most everything

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Old 10-28-2003, 09:38 PM   #10
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Maybe it will play to our advantage now that some of the pressure is off ?? - and lets hope Ben Cohen gets his running game going - more width needed..
 
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quote:
This is RUGBY we are talking about in here...

Sorry, didn't know I was in the wrong forum
 
Old 10-28-2003, 11:14 PM   #12
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I'm not for France,but I am suprised that everybody has essentially "pushed over" this team.France has yet to win a Rugby World Cup, but in every Rugby World Cup they have reached a Semi Final or a Final.Their performance has been top-notch all along the tournament.And they have performed better than more fancied SA.France could be counted as a Dark Horse in this Rugby World Cup and, as we saw in the last soccer World Cup, you should never dismiss the underdogs.
 
  


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