2019 Rugby World Cup



  • But on to our best pre-RWC 15.
    Shall we start the debate at fullback?



  • @Billy-Webb said in 2019 Rugby World Cup:

    But on to our best pre-RWC 15.
    Shall we start the debate at fullback?

    Get the ball rolling!



  • @Bones said in 2019 Rugby World Cup:

    @Billy-Webb said in 2019 Rugby World Cup:

    But on to our best pre-RWC 15.
    Shall we start the debate at fullback?

    Get the ball rolling!

    Sure. This is an easy and non-controversial place to start:

    1. Willie le Roux


  • @Daffy-Jaffy said in 2019 Rugby World Cup:

    Some interesting picks. Would be interesting if he picked again post world cup. Hooper over Savea is laughable.
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    One right out of fifteen, not bad for an Englishman.



  • @ACT-Crusader said in 2019 Rugby World Cup:

    One right out of fifteen, not bad for an Englishman.

    I am almost too nervous to ask.... but ok, which one did he get right?



  • @Billy-Webb said in 2019 Rugby World Cup:

    @Bones said in 2019 Rugby World Cup:

    @Billy-Webb said in 2019 Rugby World Cup:

    But on to our best pre-RWC 15.
    Shall we start the debate at fullback?

    Get the ball rolling!

    Sure. This is an easy and non-controversial place to start:

    1. Willie le Roux

    Top 5 contenders

    Beauden Barrett
    Stuart Hogg
    Willie le Roux
    Ben Smith
    Liam Williams

    If BB is playing 10, then Ben Smith.

    If Farrell is playing 10, then BB.



  • I have not watched this but if you have 53 minutes to kill.
    The, all things NZ rugby, hating/trolling 'Rugby onslaught' website said this about it -
    "Ardie Savea has created a new player-run podcast online and his first guest was Ardie Savea. To our shock, the players came across as extremely humble an insightful in the podcast that ran for just under an hour.

    The video podcast appeared to be filmed from a hotel room, we’re guessing in New Zealand, so it seems that there could be more All Blacks featuring in this podcast series from Savea. If the player are as humble as this in future interviews, then we may have been wrong about the All Blacks all along.
    Normally, we wouldn’t go for this kind of thing, but after seeing how humble and down to earth that the All Blacks players were. There is surely going to be more rugby players taking the leap onto these platforms in the future and we have a lot of time for this if it means that we get to see another side to these players.

    We will happily admit that now Savea and Perenara are in our good books now as Japan 2019 looms it’s head. So humble"



  • @Bones said in 2019 Rugby World Cup:

    @Billy-Webb yeah pretty hard to argue against Stockdale being the premier left wing heading into the RWC...

    Not sure if serious? He is great on attack, but defence still leaves a bit to be desired.





  • Saw these stats recently. In prep for the inevitable debate when Barrett misses a couple of kicks.
    international kicking stats.
    Barrett
    2015- 55% 6 from 11
    2016- 69% 38 from 55
    2017- 80% 44 from 55
    2018- 70% 35 from 40
    2019- 81% 29 from 36

    Mo'unga
    2018 85% 11 from 13
    2019 83% 20 from 24



  • @mofitzy_ said in 2019 Rugby World Cup:

    @Daffy-Jaffy said in 2019 Rugby World Cup:

    Some interesting picks. Would be interesting if he picked again post world cup. Hooper over Savea is laughable.

    I think how good Ardie is currently will be a surprise this RWC to many non-NZ fans

    I reckon this wc has come at a perfect time for Ardie

    Career best form, ready to rip, the stage is set ,

    comparisons may be made to Michael Jones at the finish of the tournament, he is in that type of form.



  • @pukunui said in 2019 Rugby World Cup:

    @MiketheSnow said in 2019 Rugby World Cup:

    @Billy-Webb said in 2019 Rugby World Cup:

    Some interesting info for those of you who like me, are getting impatient for this RWC to start...

    Highest attendance: 89 867 - Ireland v Romania, 2015 at Wembley Stadium, London

    Mental

    Thought it was a pretty odd game to be the highest.

    The other one that jumped our at me was the 5x drop goals in one game.

    Someone should write about it ...



  • Those lego guys appear to have Brad Shields hands. O.K. for picking up the cup (note ABs get to do that) but not much good for catching a rugby ball.

    Nice replica of Percy Montgomery too, with moving hair and all.





  • @MiketheSnow said in 2019 Rugby World Cup:

    @Billy-Webb said in 2019 Rugby World Cup:

    Some interesting info for those of you who like me, are getting impatient for this RWC to start...

    Highest attendance: 89 867 - Ireland v Romania, 2015 at Wembley Stadium, London

    Mental

    Probably not that surprising given it was the biggest Stadium, and probably slightly lower prices than some if the premium games.



  • @Billy-Webb said in 2019 Rugby World Cup:

    Some interesting info for those of you who like me, are getting impatient for this RWC to start...

    30 World Cup Records: (as published by AFP news service)

    Most titles won: New Zealand - three (1987, 2011, 2015)

    Most points by a team in a match: 145, New Zealand 145 Japan 17 (1995)

    Biggest winning margin: 142, Australia 142 Namibia 0 (2003)

    Most tries in a match: 22, Australia 142 Namibia 0 (2003)

    Most individual points in a match: 45, Simon Culhane (New Zealand 145 Japan 17, 1995)

    Most overall points: 277, Jonny Wilkinson (England - 199, 2003, 2007, 2011)

    Most points in one tournament: 126, Grant Fox (New Zealand 1987)

    Most overall tries: 15, Jonah Lomu (New Zealand 1995, 1999), Bryan Habana (South Africa 2007, 2011, 2015)

    Most tries in a match: 6, Marc Ellis (New Zealand v Japan 1995)

    Most tries in one tournament: 8, Bryan Habana (South Africa 2007), Jonah Lomu (New Zealand 1999), Julian Savea (New Zealand 2015)

    Most overall penalties: 58, Jonny Wilkinson (England)

    Most penalties in a match: 8, Matt Burke (Australia v South Africa 1999), Gavin Hastings (Scotland v Tonga 1995), Thierry Lacroix (France v Ireland 1995), Gonzalo Quesada (Argentina v Samoa 1999)

    Most penalties in one tournament: 31, Gonzalo Quesada (Argentina 1999)

    Most overall conversions: 58, Dan Carter (New Zealand)

    Most overall drop-goals: 14, Jonny Wilkinson (England 1999-2011)

    Most drop-goals in one tournament: 8, Jonny Wilkinson (England 2003)

    Most drop-goals in a match: 5, Jannie de Beer (South Africa v England 1999)

    Most tackles: 225, Richie McCaw (New Zealand 2003-15)

    Most appearances: 22, Jason Leonard (England 1991-2003), Richie McCaw (New Zealand 2003-15)

    Oldest player to appear in a World Cup match: Diego Ormaechea, Uruguay - aged 40 years, 26 days (v South Africa 1999)

    Oldest player to appear in a World Cup final: Brad Thorn, New Zealand - aged 36 years, 262 days (v France 2011)

    Youngest player to appear in a World Cup match: Vasil Lobzhanidze, Georgia - aged 18 years, 340 days (v Tonga 2015)

    Youngest player to appear in a World Cup final: Jonah Lomu, New Zealand - aged 20 years, 43 days (v South Africa 1995)

    Youngest player to win a World Cup final: Francois Steyn, South Africa - aged 20 years, 159 days (v England 2007)

    Highest attendance: 89 867 - Ireland v Romania, 2015 at Wembley Stadium, London

    Most overall points scored: 2 302, New Zealand

    Most overall tries scored: 311, New Zealand

    Most overall penalties scored: 135, France

    Most overall conversions scored: 226, New Zealand

    Most overall tackles made: 4 020, Australia

    One that came up last week on The Captain's Cup podcast on radiosport with Kirk was most team tries in one tournament. He wondered whether 87 was still the record. Would be interested in tracking that down.

    Also, it woukd be interesting to compare 2nd and 3rd to 1st on some of those lists.

    I looked at some records a few years ago, pre-2011, in a bid to convince myself that the ABs were actually still the best ... despite the record ... and even then it quite amazing how far ahead the ABs were in the matches won, point and try scoring records. And that was then.



  • @Daffy-Jaffy said in 2019 Rugby World Cup:

    Some interesting picks. Would be interesting if he picked again post world cup. Hooper over Savea is laughable.
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    Given I wouldn't even pick Crotty to make the AB XXIII ...



  • @Daffy-Jaffy said in 2019 Rugby World Cup:

    Some interesting picks. Would be interesting if he picked again post world cup. Hooper over Savea is laughable.
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    And no Itoje?



  • @Billy-Webb said in 2019 Rugby World Cup:

    @ACT-Crusader said in 2019 Rugby World Cup:

    One right out of fifteen, not bad for an Englishman.

    I am almost too nervous to ask.... but ok, which one did he get right?

    Come on Billy.

    Which one is the Crusader ...



  • @Daffy-Jaffy said in 2019 Rugby World Cup:

    Saw these stats recently. In prep for the inevitable debate when Barrett misses a couple of kicks.
    international kicking stats.
    Barrett
    2015- 55% 6 from 11
    2016- 69% 38 from 55
    2017- 80% 44 from 55
    2018- 70% 35 from 40
    2019- 81% 29 from 36

    Mo'unga
    2018 85% 11 from 13
    2019 83% 20 from 24

    2018? 35 from 40 is 87%, unless it’s supposed to be 35 from 50 which gives the 70%


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