Anticipation, duration, depth and intrigue a thrilling five weeks.
For rugby lovers or curious beginners, the RWC is an equally absorbing buffet of exciting rugby, new talents, controversial rule intertpatations, team performances, individual greats and not too many upsets!
With little between the top 12 teams, there is no real advantage to avoiding each other. Match practice is key, so a solid run out against top position is all part of the success in getting ever closer to a place in the last four.
Saturday 21st September brings the first of the big matches with New Zealand V South Africa followed by France V Argentina, two vital matches and certain to be electric affairs. They are followed on Sunday by Ireland V Scotland, the Irish, one of the tournament favourites will have to deal with a developing Scotland side who recently beat France in the 2018 Six Nations at home in Paris. Japan's continued improvement and electric flair will surely have an immense boast, as the tournament is hosted on their turf, they'll open with a match against the qualifier into the Europe 1 slot, in the tournament opener on Friday 20th September. All told the first weekend alone is set be be an excellent weekend of rugby.
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