Can anybody stop the All Blacks in The Land of The Rising Sun?
September sees the Rugby World Cup head to Asia for the first time as Japan plays host to the ninth version of the sport’s most prestigious event.
Perennial favourites New Zealand will be aiming to win the tournament for a third successive time, but there are a host of other nations who’ll believe they can lift the trophy when the final is played in Yokohama on November 2nd.
Here we assess the chances of the main contenders for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Eddie Jones’ men undoubtedly have the ability to compete with the very best on their day, but the consistency needed to win a World Cup appears to be the one ingredient missing from this England side. The last four years have seen periods of great success, most memorably back to back Six Nations Titles in 2016 and 2017 and a 3-0 test series win in Australia. More recently however there have been question marks as to how England handle the pressure of big games, with high profile losses to both Ireland and Wales evidence of this. Key to England’s success will be the balance of their midfield and their ability to combine power and guile in equal measure. If Eddie Jones can find the right combinations with his selections and the players have the belief, England could certainly repeat the heroics of 2003.