In Pool A’s ‘Group of Death’, who do you think is set for an early grave and who will be alive and kicking in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals?
England, on home soil, will prove a tough nut to crack at Twickenham. Will the crowds be singing ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ as they storm through to the last eight, or will the pressure prove too much for Stuart Lancaster’s men?
Wales, led by Lions captain Sam Warburton, believe they are even fitter than four years ago, when they came within a hair’s breadth of making the final. Will they last the distance this time, or will they be out of breath before the finishing straight?
The other big fish in the pool is, of course, Australia. The Wallabies have shored up their scrum and have a back-line to drool over. Will they be salivating at making the knockout stages, or spitting feathers at missing out?
Fiji have the potential to deliver a major shock or two – ex-Australia flanker George Smith has backed them to progress at the expense of England and Wales – so the ‘big three’ of the pool would be wise not to underestimate Akapusi Qera and Co. Can the Flying Fijians soar to new heights, or will they be grounded?
Uruguay can expect a good shellacking in every match but, in a group that could potentially come down to points difference, could Los Teros throw a spanner in the works?
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