OT- Rugby World Cup

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  1. Philip_Smith007

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    Didnt catch the game, i was wondering how many Japanese were in the team when I saw them play an earlier game.

    Dont tell me the host upset a better team than them? Smells of match fixing. ;)
     
  2. Philip_Smith007

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    Most are probably just jealous (as am I) with the amount of teams/countries that play.
     
  3. Meth

    Meth Moderator Staff Member

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    Japan has close to the highest number (if not the highest number) of foreign born players.

    They upset South Africa at the World Cup last time
     
  4. Matua

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    Japan is 3rd after Tonga and Samoa.
     
  5. SpaceMonkey

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    I had a look at the last Japanese team sheet, it’s was maybe 50/50. The front row and backline were mostly Japanese, while the locks and looses seem to be mostly foreign born, unsurprising given the Japanese’s general lack of height.
    Overall though they’re really not that much more stacked with imports than English/French/Aussie teams have been at times, pretty understandable for a nation that has a lucrative domestic comp that attracts a lot of foreign born players.
     
  6. SpaceMonkey

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    Fantastic performance by Japan vs Samoa. A win against Scotland and they’ll top their pool, a bonus point loss will probably be enough for second. Would be very unlucky to miss out from here (Scotland would need to beat them and deny them a bonus point to do it)
     
  7. Manurewa_Marlins

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    Was in a pub in Shibuya watching that match v Samoa...rammed, and when their boys got up the place exploded. Truly an incredible tournament being put on by this country. Hoepfully wakes the dickheads in Europe up to the possibilities.

    IMO, it's about time to expand the the RC to five atleast, six if you want a Pacific side in there.
     
  8. Fufu Andronez

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    Question for the group, has the RWC always been groups of 5 and then straight to the semi finals?

    Or were there quarter finals in previous years with groups of 4?
     
  9. Matua

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    There's always been quarter finals and will be quarter finals this year.

    I think in 1999 they had 5 pools and then a weird play off system before the quarters.
     
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  10. Fufu Andronez

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    you are correct, not sure what I was looking at.. cheers
     
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  11. SpaceMonkey

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    Was originally 4 groups of 4, which was obviously tidy. Then in 1999 they added a 5th pool and had that extra quarter final play off round before switching to four pools of 5.
     
  12. Fufu Andronez

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    Radradra has taken to union quite well. Bloke was a beast against Georgia and backed it up again last night against Wales. Great to watch
     
  13. Matua

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    He played Fiji U20s and Fiji 7s before switching to league.
     
  14. Meth

    Meth Moderator Staff Member

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    Scotland v Japan is shaping up as the biggest match of pool play
     
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  15. Meth

    Meth Moderator Staff Member

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    Japan beat Scotland. I suppose it's not really an upset. But its a big result. Because they also beat Ireland, they finish top of their pool and will play South Africa in the quarter-final.

    Quarters are confirmed.

    On one side of the draw
    NZ v Ireland
    England v Australia

    On the other side-
    SA v Japan
    Wales v France

    So, all things being even, our path to a World Cup goes through Ireland, England and South Africa. But anything could happen
     
  16. JJ

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    Our side is stacked - assuming Ireland are still Ireland

    Jaapies only have Wales to contend with - TBH only us, the Jaapies and perhaps England have looked decent - Wales perhaps, Ireland are dangerous... hard to see Straya, France (dangerous to say that with both of them) or Japan doing much - Japan have already done plenty
     
  17. Meth

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    Trying to figure out whether that's advantageous or disadvantageous
     
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  18. VillaTheGorilla

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    Im picking All Blacks, Wales, England to all win (although on their day, any of the other teams can still win on their day).

    SA v Japan is interesting. Head says SA and more than likely 13+, but my heart says Japan. There's something quite special about them this tournament and I can see them continuing their giant killing run.
     
  19. Manurewa_Marlins

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    ^ Yeah man! Something tells me Australia can pull something out their ass too. And we all know what the French are capable of. Four massive matches this weekend that are gonna be a blast to watch!
     

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