The year and the decade has come to a close and the worlds media has hammered us all with their best of’s over the last month. I wrote this a month ago but was overwhelmed by the repeat content thrown around along the same lines. Now we are preparing for the new 2020 season, it’s always nice to look back and see what we enjoy at the peak of 2019. The World Cup holds a huge amount of weight in this for me, but I am always interested to know what everyone else things on the topic too. Comments below everyone! Let’s take a look at my best fifteen from 2019….. Continue reading “TEAM OF THE YEAR 2019”


Rugby World Cup Bronze Final Prediction – New Zealand vs Wales

Their tournaments may be over but for the two losing semi finalists, there is still one more game to be played. New Zealand and Wales will take part in the game that no one wants to play, the bronze playoff match, which decides third and fourth place. This games always more of a case of who wants to show up…. Continue reading “Rugby World Cup Bronze Final Prediction – New Zealand vs Wales”

Rugby World Cup Semi Final Prediction – Wales vs South Africa

Eight has become just four and now this weekend we will be down to just two! World Cup semi finals take place this weekend with two cracking matches, England have outclassed New Zealand to make the final and now Wales will take on South Africa, the winner to join them in the big dance. Today we will be looking at the second semi final and will it be Wales celebrating their first final appearance or the Springboks adding to the tally? Or maybe which ever side has 23 men available to play a final? Continue reading “Rugby World Cup Semi Final Prediction – Wales vs South Africa”

Rugby World Cup predictions – Day Twenty

Will they play? Won’t they play? It’s been a frantic build up to what was already being billed as the biggest day of pool play even before typhoon Hagibis showed up. Qualifying for the quarter finals, qualifying for the Rugby World Cup 2023 or just picking up your only win of the tournament, it’s all on the line in the final day of pool play. It is the biggest day of matches in the World Cup and it kicks off with Namibia taking on Canada out of pool B, followed by the USA vs Tonga from pool C, next up Wales will be up against Uruguay out of pool D and then finally, the big one, with so much resulting from it, it is hosts Japan vs Scotland to decide pool A! Strap yourself in, it’s going to be a big one! Take a bet how many cards we will see? Or even if we will see all the games? Continue reading “Rugby World Cup predictions – Day Twenty”

Rugby World Cup predictions – Day Seventeen

We are treated to another big day of World Cup action on day seventeen with three matches from pool C, A and D. We will say goodbye to a couple of teams as well, Argentina will run out one final time, joining them will be the feel good story Russia and the hot and cold Fijians, will all be playing their final pool games. The group stages are a real highlight of the Rugby World Cup and it’s always a sad time to see teams for the final time. Four years is too long…. Continue reading “Rugby World Cup predictions – Day Seventeen”

Rugby World Cup predictions – Day Nine

After the fantastic events of day eight in Japan, we have two extremely tight matches in prospect greet us for day nine of the Rugby World Cup, even if at opposite ends of the scale. Georgia taking on shock victors Uruguay from pool D will opening up the day and be followed by the huge clash of Australia and Wales to decide pool D. Both games will be tough to pick and fantastic rugby is definitely the order of day nine! After Japan’s victory against Ireland, I can’t wait, let’s get into it! Continue reading “Rugby World Cup predictions – Day Nine”

Rugby World Cup national treasures

By Christian Catley

The tournament kicks off on September 20th, with the opening game of Japan against Russia. There are many key players that will be important to teams, not only during the pool stage, but the finals as well. Here are some of my key players for each team. As I look at what value they bring to their side in the World Cup. Continue reading “Rugby World Cup national treasures”