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France Reunited

Tweet It seemed to me that England were over-confident from the start on Saturday. They seemed to think they were already in the semi-final. They felt there big challenge was to come. They were not ready for the game that … Continue reading

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England v France QF too close to call

Tweet With England and France locking horns in Auckland this Saturday, Metro asked Kyran Bracken, part of the World Cup-winning squad of 2003, and former French captain Serge Betsen where the quarter-final will decided. Serge Betsen: England have been our … Continue reading

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Battle of the Breakdown

Tweet The last games of the group stages have shown us aspects of back row play that could be crucial in winning the tournament. Ireland and Wales now look as much the form teams now as anyone and their back … Continue reading

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Serge’s Match Analysis

Tweet England vs Romania The England and New Zealand wins couldn’t be much more different but they both show one of this World Cup’s crucial attacking weapons …the inside channel line break. With drift defences so confident and space at … Continue reading

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Form is Temporary. Class is Permanent.

Tweet Australia came into the World Cup as the form team. They had taken the Tri-Nations and the Super 15. They had a back division that looked likely to score from anywhere. Ireland came in with the worst of form. … Continue reading

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Pressure Pressure Pressure

Tweet France, England, S Africa, Australia, New Zealand Scotland, Ireland. Did any of them look like they were firing on all cylinders? England and S Africa could just as easily have been beaten and most of the others were second … Continue reading

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Predictability

Tweet Most international team sports tournaments have a degree of predictability about them. The outsiders very rarely have a day in the sun. And if they do they almost never have two. Four teams have won the Rugby World Cup … Continue reading

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And then there were three…

Tweet So what has the phoney war told us about the World Cup to come. New Zealand are the favourites. The most passionate rugby nation on the planet playing in their own back yard. You have to have good reason … Continue reading

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Away form is the key

Tweet So far in World Cup warm ups,South Africa have failed to win away (in fact their second string was almost embarrassing). Ireland, England, Wales, Argentina and now New Zealand have all failed to achieve anything on the road. Only … Continue reading

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Knock-out rugby

Tweet Following the 6 nations defeat to Italy many doubts arose to the ability of Marc Lievremont to lead the French team to a successful World Cup Campaign! Then after naming his World Cup with 5 long term injuries and … Continue reading

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