Pool Four: Team by Team Guide

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.

Finish: Runners-up

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

Finish: Quarter-Finals

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


Canada wins gold in Rugby

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?

Thanks for reading

Admin Ronan 

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One thought on “Pool Four: Team by Team Guide

  1. 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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