Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Rugby World Cup: England vs New Zealand

England vs Australia last weekend was an entertaining spectacle where England eventually ran away 40-16 winners. New Zealand also dominated in their quarter-final performance  with a 46-14 win over Ireland. Both teams will be fairly confident in their abilities as they  prepare for a monumental semifinal clash. As soon as the final whistle went in New Zealand’s
quarter-final clash, all eyes turned to the semifinals where England were to play the famous All Blacks.

New Zealand have had a good 2019 so far, however, they didn’t win the 2019 Rugby
Championship after losing to Australia and a draw against South Africa ended in a
second-place finish for the All Blacks. They then went into the Rugby World Cup beating
South Africa in their opening game, a dominant 63-0 win over Canada, a 71-9 win over
Namibia before having their match against Italy cancelled and given as a 0-0 draw. These
results in Pool B meant that New Zealand finished as group winners and they would play the
runners up in Pool A, Ireland.

England won 3 of their 4 games in Pool C after their match with France was called off. This
meant that they also topped their group and would play the runners up in Pool D, Australia.
England dominated all their games so far in this year’s Rugby World Cup including their
quarterfinal matchup with Australia and they’ll be increasingly confident that they can secure
their final spot on Saturday.

New Zealand have their stars in Beauden Barret, Kieran Read, Ardie Savea and Jack
Goodhue who’ll all have to be on top form if they are to turn over the English team. England
also have their stars, captain Owen Farrell, Billy Vunipola and George Ford will all take part
in the New Zealand clash on Saturday.

England haven’t beaten New Zealand since December 2012, however, they’ve never beaten
the All Blacks in a Rugby World Cup, so they’ll be hoping to make history this weekend.
Anything other than a win here for New Zealand will be a disappointment as they look to win
the Rugby World Cup for a record third time in a row

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