POOL TWO: Team by Team Guide

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


1st Place: South Africa


Danger Man: Willie Le Roux

Key Player: Ruan Pienaar

One to Watch: Jesse Kriel

Best XV: Mtawarira, Du Plessis, Du Plessis, Etzebeth, Matfield, Louw, Burger, Vermeulen, Pienaar, Pollard, De Allende, Kriel; Bryan Habana, Cornal Hendricks, Willie le Roux

Finish: Semi-Finals

Question to be answered: This South African side is seriously strong and packed with physicality. However, do they have enough experience in the backs to be genuine contenders?


2nd Place: Scotland 


 

Danger Man: Stuart Hogg

Key Player: Josh Strauss

One to Watch: Sam Hidalgo-Clyne

Best XV: Grant, Ford, Nel, J. Gray, R. Gray, Denton, Hardey, Strauss, Laidlaw, Russell, Bennett, Dunbar, Visser, Maitland, Hogg

Finish: Quarter-Finals

Question to be answered: The Scots have their best squad in years but can they gel as unit and challenge the big guns with their new South African imports?


3rd Place: Samoa


 

Danger Man: Tim Nanai-Williams

Key Player: Kahn Foutuali’i

One to Watch: Tusi Pisi

Best XV: Taulafo, Ole Avei, Johnston;  Paulo, Thompson; Faosiliva, Lam, Treviranus, Fotuali’i, T. Pisi, Tuilagi, Leota; Perez, Alofa,  Nanai-Williams;

Finish: Group Stages

Question to be answered: Can the Samoans be more than just physical and top the Scottish to reach the knockout stages?


4th Place: USA


Danger Man: Takudzwa Ngwenya

Key Player: Chris Wyles

One to Watch: AJ MacGinity 

Finish: Group Stages

Best XV: Fry, Thiel, Moeakiola, Paterson, Smith, LaValla, Clever, Dolan; Petri, L’Estrange, Kelly, Suniula, Ngwenya, Scully, Wyles

Question to be answered: Can the Americans organize themselves and challenge for the runners-up spot in pool two, or will it be another year of disappointment ?


5th Place: Japan


Danger Man: Fumiaka Tunaka

Key Player: Hendrick Tui

Wildcard: Ayumu Goromaru

Finish: Group Stages

Question to be answered: Japan are recognized as one of the fast growing rugby nations in the world but has the competition fallen too soon for the Asians?

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