Six Nations: The Road to Rugby World Cup 2019™
With the Six Nations just around the corner, we thought we would look at each home nation team’s chances and how it could filter down to Rugby World Cup 2019™ success.
To be the best in the world you need to beat the best, and after upsetting world no.1 New Zealand, Ireland could make claims to be the best rugby nation in the world right now. Over the past three years Ireland have had the highest winning percentage of any top-tier team with an 85% win rate. Joe Schmidt looks likely to introduce only three new faces to his 2019 Six Nations squad, resulting in what we predict to be another Grand Slam for Ireland.
Their form should filter down to Rugby World Cup 2019, so Ireland could be going into the tournament as no.1 in the world and favourites to lift their first ever Webb Ellis Cup.
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While the 2018 season didn’t get off to the best start for England they did manage to finish on a high, winning three of their last four matches despite injuries to key personnel. It’s these moments that build a team, and by bleeding in new players England have managed to add much needed depth at prop, flanker and in the back three. With Eddie Jones now having a more well-rounded squad we see England finishing the Six Nations in second place with only the one loss to Ireland.
This England Rugby squad is definitely a RWC 2019 semi-final calibre team, and we don’t expect them to exit the tournament pre-semi-finals. Then – depending who they face in the top four – a trip to the finals wouldn’t be too unexpected either.
STH Live can guarantee your place to England’s Rugby World Cup 2019 matches here. All but one of England’s pool matches are now sold out, and with hospitality packages also selling fast England fans must act quickly to ensure they are in Japan for the biggest sporting event of the year.
Wales are on a great run, winning their last nine games, but they’ve unfortunately been hit with a few injuries that will really test their depth during the Six Nations. Their saving grace would be they face England (who they haven’t beaten since Rugby World Cup 2015) and Ireland (who are the form team in the world) later in the tournament, and with a few players hopefully back from injury they can push them to the wire. We predict them to come in third in the Six Nations, but with the right ‘bounce of the ball’ we wouldn’t be surprised if they won the whole contest.
At RWC 2019 we feel the lack of depth will be troublesome for Wales, but should they enter the quarter-finals injury free they could be a semi-final team and even a finalist. However, the way the tournament is won, teams require player depth and some luck on the injury front, and this might be slightly out of reach for the Welsh.
STH Live can guarantee your place to Wales’ Rugby World Cup 2019 matches here. General tickets for the big pool match against Australia are now sold out, as are all quarter-finals, but Welsh fans can still be there with an official hospitality package from STH Live.
Scotland reached their highest ever World Rugby ranking (5th) in 2018, although with that said they are still, and have been, a team that constantly sits on the bottom half of the Six Nations table. Sadly, with the strength of the other northern hemisphere teams it feels like they won’t be able to crack into the top three this year either. Scotland have a very promising squad, which have shown glimpses of excellence with wins over France, England and Argentina last year. That is why we feel Scotland will be top of the bottom half, above France and Italy.
At any other Rugby World Cup with the pool they have been handed, we would feel that Scotland would be able to guarantee their place in the quarter-finals. But with a Japanese team that won’t go down easily, Scotland will have their work cut out for them to leave their pool. We do have our money on them being a quarter-finalist team but that may be their limit, as they will likely face New Zealand, who they have never beaten, or South Africa who they last beat in 2010.
STH Live can guarantee your place to Scotland’s Rugby World Cup 2019 matches here. Japan v Scotland and Scotland v Samoa have proved hugely popular games with general tickets now sold out. However, you can still be there with an official hospitality package.