by Rugby4Cast / 20th September 2019
Analysis World Cup 2019


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We have arrived. A 4 year wait is over and the Rugby World Cup is here! As usual we will be showing upcoming Predictions and Analysis (well what we call analysis…!) of the upcoming pool matches.
Weekend 1
Here are the first weekend predictions for the first weekend of the World Cup. We have some tasty match-ups such as New Zealand v South Africa, France v Argentina and Ireland v Scotland. We have also attached are the chance of the top 4 finishes for the top sides.

Game 1: Japan v Russia
We kick off the World Cup with a game between the hosts Japan v Russia. Japan have made a total of 8 world cup appearances whereas this is only Russia’s second appearance, last making the 2011 World cup where they lost all their pool matches. Japan are currently ranked 10th in the World and Russia ranked 20th.    
Japan have made every World Cup since 1987 with 2015 being their best ever record with them winning 3 games and losing 1 however missed out on making the Quarter Finals by 3 points due to South Africa and Scotland gaining bonus point wins.
We have taken a look at the previous results between these two outfits below.
As you can see Japan come into this game against Russia with an 83% win rate winning 5 out of 6 games.
We have Japan to win by 21

Game 2: Australia v Fiji
The first match of ‘the weekend’ which is landing on your screens on Saturday. A brilliant Southern Hemisphere match up between Australia and Fiji. Australia were runners up in the last 2015 world cup losing out to New Zealand. and always show up in World Cup years. The best run Fiji have had is reaching the Quarter Finals in 1987 and 2007. Can they go one better this time round?
Australia have been crowned Champions twice in their history (1991 and 1999). They have made a total of 8 appearances. Fiji are close behind them in terms of appearances with 7 making the Quarter Finals in 1987 and 2007.
Australia are currently ranked 6th and Fiji 9th.
We have Australia to win by 14

Game 3: France v Argentina
A tasty match up here with France v Argentina. Both teams have made 8 appearances in a World Cup. Argentina have had some mixed performances in 2019, but the highlight will surely be nearly beating the All Blacks for the first time in the Rugby Championship. France had mixed results so far this year their biggest blip was losing to Fiji. However, their last game was a friendly against Argentina where they won 28-13.
Argentina are currently ranked 11th and their best result being third place in 2017. France are ranked 8th and were runners-up in 1987, 1999 and 2011.

Close enough record between these two sides with France taking a 60%-win rate against Argentina. We have France to win by 1
Game 4: New Zealand v South Africa
The match of the weekend for us. New Zealand v South Africa. The game everyone has been talking about since the schedule has been released. New Zealand have made 8 appearances where South Africa have made 6 due to a sporting boycott.
New Zealand have been crowned a total of 3 times, the most of any nation and back to back in 2011 and 2015. The current world ranking for New Zealand is 2nd and South Africa 4th.
The head to head between these teams in RWC are 2 wins a piece with the last three games (outside the world cup) being 1 win a piece and a draw.
We have taken a look at the previous results between these two outfits below

New Zealand come in with a 7-2 record We have New Zealand to win by 10
Game 5: Italy v Namibia
Italy are playing the first game on Sunday against Namibia. Italy have made 8 appearances where Namibia have made 5.
Both teams have never made it out of the pool stages and the current world rankings are showing Italy currently sitting 14th and Namibia are ranked 23rd.
We have taken a look at the previous results between these two outfits below

We have Italy to win this one by 15
Game 6: Ireland v Scotland
Ireland v Scotland, another tasty game between two 6 Nations teams. Both teams have made 8 appearances with Ireland making the Quarter-finals a total of 6 times and Scotland’s best result was fourth place in 1991.
Ireland made history knocking New Zealand off the number 1 spot in the World Rankings and Scotland are ranked 7th. Ireland come into this game against Scotland with a 46%-win rate, winning 63 and losing 67 games. How do you think this game will go?
We have taken a look at the previous results between these two outfits below

We have Ireland to win by 9
Game 7: England v Tonga
England v Tonga is another game we are excited about. England have become a force in 2019 demolishing Ireland 57-15 in August. Tonga played the All Blacks in their warm up in September losing 92-7.
England have made 8 world cup appearances where Tonga have made 7th England and Tonga have played twice with England taking both wins.
We have taken a look at the previous results between these two outfits below

We have England to win by 29
Game 8: Wales v Georgia
Wales v Georgia is on the Monday and Georgia will be out to cause an upset. Wales gained the World number 1 Ranking for a short period of time in 2019 and also were grand slam champions however lost two world cup matches to Ireland.
Wales have made 8 appearances where Georgia have made 4. Georgia have never made it past the pool groups into the knockout stages whereas Wales best result being Third place in 1987.
These two teams have only placed once where Wales won 13-6
We have taken a look at the previous results between these two outfits below

We have Wales to win by 23
Agree with the predictions? Think there will be upsets in the first week? let us know in the comments!

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