POOL ONE: Team by Team Guide

Welcome along to our exclusive guide to each World Cup team in pool one. We supply you with our predictions for each country’s achievements and much more.


1st Place: England


 

Danger Man: Jonathan Joseph

Key Player: George Ford

One to Watch: Sam Burgess

Best XV: Marler, Youngs, Cole, Launchbury, Lawes, Haskell, Robshaw, Vunipola, Youngs, Ford. Burrell, Joseph; May, Watson, Brown

Finish: Semi-Finals

Question to be answered: Can their home advantage help Lancaster’s men to outdo themselves to achieve ultimate glory or will pressure from the press be an English side’s downfall once again?


2nd Place: Australia 


Danger Man: Israel Folau

Key Player: David Pocock 

One to Watch: Matt Giteau

Best XV: Slipper, Moore, Alexander, Arnold, Skelton, Pocock, Hooper, Higgingbottom; Genia, Foley, Giteau, Kuridrani, Ashley-Cooper, Cummins, Folau

Finish: Quarter-Finals

Question to be answered:: Packed with huge individual talent but do they have enough collective steel to go all the way?


3rd Place: Wales 


 

Danger Man: Rhys Webb

Key Player: Sam Warbuton 

One to Watch: Gareth Anscombe

Best XV: Jenkins, Baldwin, James, Charteris, Wyn-Jones, Lydiate, Warburton, Faletau, Webb, Biggar, Roberts, S. Williams; North, L. Williams, Halfpenny.

Finish: Group Stages

Question to be answered: Will Wales struggle in the group of death without Jonathan Davies or will Warren Gatland somehow lead his men to success?


4th Place: Fiji


Danger Man: Nemeni Nadolo 

Key Player: Leone Nakarawa

One to Watch: Nikola Matawalu

Finish: Group Stages

Question to be answered: Can the Pacific Islanders rise up to prove that their more than just good entertainment and challenge the big guns or will their insecurity in the pack embaress them on the World Stage?


5th Place: Uruguay


 

Does anyone really know anything about Uruguay apart from the fact that they should probably stick to the soccer?

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