Best Rugby World Cup Team
World Cup Rugby fever is at a pitch. The road to the finals on 23 October in Auckland, New Zealand is half littered with broken dreams and half filled with joy. If the fixtures at first seemed to stuffed with obvious results the bookies are in for a bonus this year.
There have been some shock surprises, non more when Australia got beaten by Ireland and France got beaten by Tonga – neither without being knocked out of the tournament – in the pool stages. The best World Cup Rugby team, however, did get knocked out. Yes, Wales was the team with the most surprises, fighting spirit and some stylish play.
Which, unfortunately for the Welsh nation, did not help Wales through to the final, having lost to the always-unpredictable French. That’s the thing about the French rugby team: you can never tell which way it’s gonna go, right to the last minute. They may have lost to the All Blacks but they knocked out England and, in the quarter finals, the fighting Welsh. Meaning that France made it once again, for the third time in Rugby World Cup history, to the finals.
The South African Springboks had an easy draw and ran rings around their opponents in the pool playoffs but they also started running rings around themselves when the going got tough, having lost the form one would have expected from a defending Rugby World Cup championship team. Thus said, the rugby world is abuzz about unfair refereeing during game in which the Springboks got knocked out by Wallabies.
In the meanwhile the host nation simply powered their way through to the quarter finals to face the Wallabies. But that might not be the game of the series. The final against France might just be the best bit of rugby has seen for some time because, as always, the Webb Ellis trophy is mote than a snatch and grab.
Update: Final score – New Zealand 8:7 France