To help you through the 48 matches, ITV has put together a sensational line-up of former winners as part of their coverage team, which will be fronted by Steve Rider. So sit back and hear the views of a quartet who have won more than 250 caps between them. Over the World Cup, these four legends will share with you their views on the tournaments’ big topics…
Which pool match are you most looking forward to and why?
Francois Pienaar: New Zealand against France. The French often seem to play at their best away from home and I still remember that great win in New Zealand in 1994. Plus, France always seem to pull off one great result in every World Cup so their match against the All Blacks will be the highlight of the pools for me. But I expect New Zealand to win.
Lawrence Dallaglio: England v Scotland should be a cracker. Scotland have been up and down recently but with Andy Robinson and all his World Cup experience, and the quality of their players, they’re a potential banana skin for any side. They will be looking to qualify and they’ll fancy their chances against England.
Michael Lynagh: Australia against Ireland, although with a certain amount of nervousness. I don’t think it will be a foregone conclusion.
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This article appeared in the October 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.
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