Official Rugby World Cup 2015 Thread

Fulcrum29

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They can win their pool if they brush of France. Then it's going to get very interesting.

Ireland is lucky to open their World Cup run against the two tier 3 teams, they didn't play well at all against Wales and England. They play Italy in their third round and it looks like Italy is out to break some legs and only then to take on the Gallic Rooster. Like the British, they may be spend by the time they have concluded their pool games.

We go up against the Brave Blossoms, then the Samoans... with Scotland waiting around the corner. USA have little relevance in our pool, their goal is to win Japan. It will be exciting to see what Eddie Jones have done with the Japanese, they have a world-class player or two which should be able put up a good rugby game to test the best.
 

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If Ireland don't win their pool, they'll most likely face NZ in the quarters!! Good luck to them then...
 

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Bokke needs this guy at fullback

[video=youtube;N5j3JGzkgcE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5j3JGzkgcE[/video]
 

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http://ewn.co.za/2015/09/11/Mbalula-tells-Springboks-to-moer-hulle-dood

He also added the team, which he referred to as a “bunch of winners”, must go and make South Africans proud.

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We heard “moer hulle” before the Boks left for the World Cup in 2011 and now he has added something extra to it saying “moer hulle dood”.

He also warned the Japanese that they better watch out because the entire nation will be behind the Springboks.

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Speaking a short while ago at Montecasino, Mbalula issued strict instructions to the men in green and gold.

“Moer hulle dood.”

The minister told fans and players, that despite the recent controversy over transformation within the team, the Boks deserve the country’s backing.

“We are proud of this nation and that is why I’m saying to South Africa, black and white, purple and gold; stand behind the Springboks. We are one country, we are one nation, and we’re proud of the Springboks.”

Though that might be another controversial statement made by Fikile Mbalula, he is showing quite some character and I like his charisma in a humorous way.
 

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Warning the Japanese ......... you could beat them just getting out the shower holding a rugby ball.
 

Fulcrum29

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Warning the Japanese ......... you could beat them just getting out the shower holding a rugby ball.

Japan may have all the odds against them, but they do have a talented scrummie and number 8 which will test our team where crucial. It is easy to say that the only goal set by the Eagles and the Brave Blossoms is to beat each other respectively and to deliver a noticeable punch in the other games.

To note, they do have Super Rugby experience,

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2015/sep/10/rugby-world-cup-preview-japan

Japan’s 31-man World Cup squad

Props Kensuke Hatakeyama (Suntory), Hiroshi Yama****a (Kobelco), Keita Inagaki (Melbourne Rebels), Masataka Mikami (Toshiba Brave).

Hookers Shota Horie (no club contract), Takeshi Kizu (Kobelco), Hiroki Yuhara (Toshiba Brave).

Locks Luke Thompson (Kintetsu), Hitoshi Ono (Toshiba Brave), Shoji Ito (Kobelco), Shinya Makabe (Suntory).

Back-rows Justin Ives (Canon Eagles), Ryu Koliniasi Holani (Panasonic Wild Knights), Michael Broadhurst (Ricoh Black Rams), Hendrik Tui (Queensland), Michael Leitch (Chiefs), Amanaki Lelei Mafi (NTT Shining Arcs).

Scrum-halves Fumiaki Tanaka (Highlanders), Atsushi Hiwasa (Suntory).

Fly-halves Kosei Ono (Suntory), Yu Tamura (NEC Green Rockets).

Centres Harumichi Tatekawa (Kubota), Craig Wing (Kobelco), Male Sa’u (Melbourne Rebels).

Wings Akihito Yamada (Western Force), Yoshikazu Fujita (Crusaders), Kenki Fukuoka (no club contract), Karne Hesketh (Fukuoka), Kotaro Matsushima (Waratahs), Toshiaki Hirose, (Toshiba Brave).

Full-backs Ayumu Goromaru (Yamaha Jubilo).
 
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sand_man

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So close now I can smell it!!!!! The smell of those freshly cut and watered fields!
 

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My biltong should be ready for the weekend, I can smell it too!!! :whistling:
 
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