IT’S THE million dollar question – who’s going to win the 2015 World Cup? The All Blacks have shown consistency since they lifted the Webb Ellis trophy in 2011, but can they become the first team to win the tournament back-to-back? Only South Africa could beat them in 2014, 27-25 in that Rugby Championship epic in Johannesburg, and though Australia drew with them later in that competition, the All Blacks have proved they’re still head and shoulders above the rest of world rugby.
So what about South Africa? Can they win again in 2015? Will Australia’s backs run rings around the rest? Or will it be England who win a second title in their own back yard? Ireland also lost just one Test match in 2014, to England in the Six Nations, but can they do what no other Irish team has done before? Then there’s France… they won’t even know which team will turn up to play until the day of the match, but you’d be a fool to rule them out.
Watch Nathan Sharpe talk about his views in this video, as he discusses the teams and their World Cup prospects. But what do you think? Tell us who you think will lift the Webb Ellis cup in 2015 by posting on our Facebook page Rugby World Magazine, or tweeting @Rugbyworldmag.
Check out the March 2015 edition of Rugby World for expert’s views on who will win this year’s Six Nations. It’s out on 29 January – click here to see what’s in the current edition.