Kevin Williamson wrote:I reckon all four Northern Hemisphere teams will fancy their chances of getting to the final from here. Ireland and Wales seem to have found some form and England and France have room for improvement.
Iâ€™ll stick my neck out and go for an Ireland - New Zealand final.
Wales - Ireland is hard to call, but IF Ireland meets England in the semis, then Ireland will beat England. Ireland has owned England since 2003, and these current English players are a disgrace to their shirts, a disciplined Irish team would put them to the sword. I think Ireland would prefer to meet England than to meet France.
Paul Cooksey wrote:Interesting point about Johnson, arguably an example of the classic mistake of a very good player turned coach. The coach expects the players to do something he was good at, but is beyond less talented players.
I get the feeling that Johnson enjoys the company of the players too much, still wants to be one of the lads, whereas, as team manager, he really ought to be standing apart from the players and, right now, he ought to be sinking his boot deep, very deep, into several of their backsides.