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The Rugby World Cup – Predictions, Players and Performances

It has been called one of the largest sporting events ever, with over 600 players and 20 teams, watched by 3.9 billion people worldwide…

The Rugby World Cup is becoming bigger and bigger, and what better place for rugby’s greatest event than the UK; the home of rugby itself. The tournament has certainly caused a stir in England, and finally this is the day when it all begins. Months of preparation, years of planning, all come down to 80 minutes of pure strength and resilience. But who shall triumph this year? Shall it be the favourites and world number ones, New Zealand, or the hosts, England. Or will it be one of the other great rugby union sides: South Africa, Australia, France or Wales. Nobody knows…

The players certainly will help their teams become the best, and through meticulous trials and a tedious wait each team has picked their squad of 31 players. There are certainly some big names in rugby taking part in the competition, including Chris Robshaw, Dan Carter, Sergio Parisse and Sam Warburton. These will be the people the teams will turn to, the ones that will lead their team to victory or defeat. In the end, one of them could be lifting the trophy, but who will it be?

The coaches are also important to the teams. They are the ones that plan the strategies, the moves, and the performance of the team will also be down to the them. They have been preparing their teams for years, all for this one event. But out on the pitch, it will all be down to the players…

So, now the stats… New Zealand have won 37/42 of their World Cup games, South Africa have won 25/29 of theirs, Australia have won 33/41 and England have won 29/40. The heaviest man in the competition is Uini Atonio of France, weighing 22st 11lb. The lightest is Fumiaka Tanaka of Japan, weighing 11st 2lb. The gap between oldest and youngest is over 20 years, and the gap between tallest and shortest is 1ft 5in! The venues: Twickenham, Wembley, the Olympic Stadium, the Etihad Stadium, Villa Park, Stadium MK, Sandy Park, St James Park, the Millennium Stadium, Leicester City Stadium, Kingsholm Stadium, Elland Road and Brighton Community Stadium. The event will last 43 days (6 weeks), and there will be 47 matches!

There is no room for error; everything must be executed perfectly. Nobody knows who will win, but one thing is for sure – it’s going to be great…

 

 

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