One week out from the start of the World Cup, we glanced through the World Cup fixtures, read some palms, consulted the oracle, made some snap decisions, and are prophesying the following…

Pool A: 1st Place – Ireland, 2nd Place – Scotland

Pool B: 1st Place – South Africa, 2nd Place – New Zealand

Pool C: 1st Place – England, 2nd Place – France

Pool D: 1st Place – Australia, 2nd Place – Wales


Quarter Final 1 – England vs Wales

Saturday 19th October KO 16:15 England Win

Quarter Final 2 – South Africa vs Scotland

Saturday 19th October KO 19:15 South Africa Win

Quarter Final 3 – Australia vs France

Sunday 20th October KO 16:15 Australia Win

Quarter Final 4 – Ireland vs New Zealand

Sunday 20th October KO 19:15 New Zealand Win


Semi Final 1 – England vs South Africa

Saturday 26th October KO 17:00 South Africa Win

Semi Final 2 – Australia vs New Zealand

Sunday 27th October KO 18:00 New Zealand Win


Final – South Africa vs New Zealand

Saturday 2nd November KO 18:00 South Africa Win


So, is a South African World Cup win on the horizon? Will Argentina make it out of the pool? Can Ireland at last make it past the quarter finals? Are the Wallabies going to spring a surprise? Will England behave themselves? The permutations are endless, predictions are dangerous (and probably misguided) but one thing is certain, a fascinating six weeks awaits.

Written by Joe Ronan