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Rugby World Cup 2015 - Our predicitons

September 18, 2015

3 years, 10 months and 26 days after New Zealand lifted the trophy in Auckland, the Rugby World Cup is back! The 2015 competition kicks off this evening, when England face Fiji at Twickenham Stadium. We've had a good look at all 4 pools, and the form of the competing nations and come up with our predictions. Pool A is the proverbial "Pool of Death". Hosts England will be determined to make it through infront of home support, whilst a recent spate of injuries to Wales would make the Wallabies favourites to qualify for the quarter finals, especially after their recent Rugby Championship win. In Pool B, the Springboks haven’t been in the best of forms this summer, losing all 3 Rugby Championship matches, but should be strong enough to beat the other sides in Pool B. Scotland’s final match against Samoa at St James’ Park in Newcastle will be the crunch game, but a massive support from North of the border should hopefully see them through. The defending champions headline Pool C, where you would expect 4 wins from 4 for the All Blacks, with Argentina qualifying in second. One month ago, Ireland were ranked second in the world, but have now fallen to 6th. They have looked strong in the warm up matches though, and will expect to go through from Pool D comfortably. France were unconvincing in their last match against Scotland, but should have enough quality to send Italy falling at the first hurdle. RWC_predictions2 Yup, New Zealand to win - again - and in doing so, becoming the first nation to win the tournament three times.  But what do you think? Will there be any shocks in the pool stages? Can England make it to the final with the support of a partisan home crowd? Let us know in the comments section below. Every single match is live on ITV in the UK - check out our earlier blog for the who's who amongst their pundits - and we can't wait for it to begin tonight. It's not too late to join our ESPN Rugby World Cup Fantasy League, where there are some great prizes up for grabs. Join in the action here using PIN  1112558-414 to enter our mini league.

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