POOL THREE: 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: New Zealand



Danger Man: Julian Savea

Key Player: Kieran Read

One to Watch: Nehe Milner-Skudder

Best XV: Franks, Coles, Faumuina, Retallick, Whitelock, Messam, McCaw, Read; Smith, Carter, Nonu, C. Smith, Savea, B. Smith, Milner-Sudder

Finish: Champions

Question to be answered: Current holders and the best team in the world but will they live up to expectations so far away from home?


2nd Place: Argentina


Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (Photosport file)

Danger Man: Juan Martin Hernandez

Key Player: Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe

One to Watch: Marcelo Bosch

Best XV: Ayerza, Creevy, Chaparro, Carizza, Lavanini, Fernandez Lobbe, Leguizamon, Macome, Landajo, Sanchez, Bosch, Hernandez, Agulla, Imhoff, Amorosino

Finish: Quarter-Finals

Question to be answered: It looks very likely that the Pumas will be runners up in their group, but can they topple Ireland or France in the quarters?


3rd Place: Georgia



Danger Man: Mamuka Gorgodze

Key Player: Konstanin Mikautadze

One to Watch: Giorgi Pruidze

Finish: Group Stages

Question to be answered: Georgia’s grizzly pack will test their opponents physicality to the max but can they get their backline moving once and for all?


4th Place: Tonga 


Danger Man: Fetu’u Vainikolo

Key Player: Kurt Morath

One to Watch: Taniela Moa

Finish: Group Stages

Question to be answered: Can Tonga defeat Argentina to make the knockouts or will they be subject to a couple of hammerings from their Rugby Championship group rivals.


5th Place: Namibia


 

Danger Man: Jaques Burger

Key Player: Jaques Burger

One to Watch: Jaques Burger

Finish: Group Stages

Question to be answered: Is Namibia a legitimate country?

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