Northern Hemisphere Rugby Teams World Cup 2019 Preparations

With the 2019 Rugby World Cup events a few months away, many participants are making final preparations with the hope that they will lift the coveted prize come November 2019 when the final game will be played. There is a rich history of events in this tournament with New Zealand having won the trophy three times, with South Africa and Australia coming in second with each team having won the trophy two times and finally England having won one tournament back in 2003. The tournament has seen great rivalries between teams from the Pacific islands and those from the Northern Hemisphere and this article will look at how the teams from the Northern Hemisphere are fairing ahead of this continental affair. The focus will be on Ireland, England, and Wales; how they are currently fairing and what are their chances of lifting the trophy.

England looking to upset Ireland

England has been sluggish and excellent at the same time in the year 2018 and their win over Australia gives them a bit of hope in the tournament. Their main aim according to their coach Eddie Jones is to become European champions a status held by Australia currently. England has good players in the likes of Manu Tuilagi and Owen Farrell giving them hope and squad depth. With the World Cub some months away, it’s wise to follow the latest news on England because so much happens in a short while in the sporting world.

Ireland top of European

Ireland have had a superb year having been ranked as number two in the world and top in Europe over-shining the likes of England and Wales. This year has seen them win the Nations Cup, their coach Joe Schmidt being named as the coach of the year and Johnny Sexton who has had an excellent year named as the Rugby player of the year. Their historic win against the All Blacks in their undefeated autumn series, it’s no doubt that they are the best in the northern hemisphere. Their have been mixed reactions to the announcement that Schmidt will step down after the 2019 World cup and replaced by Andy Farrell who hails from England opening up a possible rivalry between England and Ireland with the former being captained by Farrell’s son.

Are Wales the underdogs?

Wales have had an undefeated autumn season and they are not to be ruled out as a threat in Europe and coming to the Rugby World Cup. They ended their season with a win against South Africa and their players have started showing courage against top sides such as the All Blacks and Ireland. When it comes to betting, Wales have twice as much price compared to England or Ireland in the 2019 tournament. Wales come in as a dangerous threat and one should consider backing them.