I’m as one eyed as the next New Zealander and I think that the All Blacks will reach the final. (translation, I pray they will be in the final). The question is – who will be the other team to make it for the last dance on 22 October? After the poor showing of Ireland in the last couple of Rugby World Cup friendlies, people have all but written them off. But are they really that bad? Will the Pumas and Les Bleus string them alive - or is this just wishful thinking for some people? Meanwhile, as much as everyone has dissed the English, there is something about them that might suggest they’re coming into form. (Ok, there is nothing to suggest that at the moment but I don’t like being mean).
Meanwhile the Southern Hemisphere media is (some might say arrogantly) consumed with the fact that France and the Tri Nations teams are the only true challengers. The question is – out of France, South Africa and Australia – who will be the team to make the final? Will France blow a gasket; South Africa a punch and Stirling a forward pass? Which one of these teams is guaranteed a spot in Rugby World Cup history?