Welcome along to our exclusive guide to each World Cup team in pool four. We supply you with our predictions for each country’s achievements and much more.
1st Place: Ireland
Danger Man: Sean O’Brien
Key Player: Johnny Sexton
One to Watch: Robbie Henshaw
Best XV: Healy, Best, Ross, Henderson, O’Connell, Peter O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip, Murray, Sexton, Henshaw, Payne; Trimble, Bowe, Kearney.
Question to be answered: Can Ireland reach the promised land of the semi-finals under the guidance of Joe Schmidt or will they fall at the French hurdle?
2nd Place: France
Danger Man: Mathieu Bastareaud
Key Player: Francois Trihn-Duc
One to Watch: Noa Nakaitaci
Best XV: Ben Arous, Szarzewski, Mas, Maestri, Pape, Dusatoir, Nyanga, Picamoles; Parra, Trihn-Duc, Fofana, Bastareaud, Nakaitaci, Huget, Dulin
Question to be answered: Can France defeat Ireland to go on another World Cup run or will team selections leave them in embarrassment?
3rd Place: Italy
Danger Man: Sergio Parisse
Key Player: Tomasso Allan
One to Watch: Michele Campagnaro
Finish: Group Stages
Best XV: De Marchi, Ghiraldini, Castrogiovanni, Furno, Geldenhuys, Bergamasco, Zanni, Parisse; Gori, Allan, Benvenuti, Campagnaro, Sarto, Venditti, McLean
Question to be answered: Upsetting France once again to reach the quarter finals would be a huge success for the Italians, but will they show to be in an even bigger crisis than their European rivals?
4th Place: Canada
Danger Man: D.T.H. Van der Merve
Key Player: Sean White
One to Watch: Jeff Hassler
Finish: Group Stages
Question to be answered: The Canadians have claimed a number of scalps in their history, but can they replicate that and finish ahead of a Six Nations side or two?
5th Place: Romania
Romania eh? I think we’ll give this one a pass as from what I’ve researched they should really refer to the ‘World’s Strongest Man’ craic.
If you’re interested in a Romanian guide, make sure to tell us, and we might update the article for them… but you’re really not are you?
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not sure about the romanians but canada could be a banana skin- in the backs they have connor braid, jeff hassler, dth van der merve and taylor paris, and in the forwards tyler ardon, jebb sinclair and a few european based props.
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