Monday, 12 August 2019

International Rugby Phoney War in full swing

It is difficult to draw any firm conclusions from the weekend's rugby.

What should we make of South Africa dismantling the Argentina to win a truncated Rugby Championship? (Answer: for a while now I've fancied the Springboks to win the RWC).

Does New Zealand's heavy Bledisoe defeat to Australia mean that the All Blacks are now officially vulnerable? (Answer: I doubt it, they'll be as tough to beat as ever in Japan).

How do we assess an experimental England team denying a full-strength Wales the world number one spot with victory at Twickenham? (Answer: not really a huge surprise given the Welsh track record at HQ in recent years, despite the pre-game hubris).

And - assuming that pre-season brawlers Ben Te'o and Mike Brown will not make the England RWC squad - who will make the cut when Eddie Jones announces his selections later today? (Answer: I haven't the foggiest, but Lewis Ludlum and Willi Heinz certainly did their chances no harm at all against Wales).

Confused? You will be...

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