Why each team won't win the Rugby World Cup
IN A week of predictions and cultural stereotyping, the Herald has done its best to try to fit in with the crowd and identify the 'real' reason why each team won't win the Rugby World Cup.
Ali Williams has rattled them.
Sorry, Australia actually will win it*.
If it was the all-Nadolo team they'd have a chance.
They would need to win at least six games, four more than their current World Cup wins total - so not going to happen.
* Just joking, Quade Cooper will obviously find a way to stuff things up
They win it every third World Cup so pencil them in for next time.
Smiling assassins have never advanced past the quarter-finals, which is crucial in winning a World Cup.
Not enough New Zealanders in their team.
Timing their run for 2019.
Two words - Donald Trump.
It's clear in 2015 - winning World Cups is not New Zealand's thing (see Black Caps, Silver Ferns).
Unfortunately scrums don't get you points.
A team wearing red has never won a World Cup.
Recent wins over Spain, Germany and Portugal should make them favourites...if it was the FIFA World Cup.
We can see them causing six major upsets but seven is just one bridge too far.
Will let a major win slip out of their hands, just like they did in 1991 World Cup semi-final, and against the All Blacks two years ago.
Still heavily reliant on a carbohydrate based diet. Need to get with the times.
As esteemed Canadian poet Chad Kroeger might say "This is how you remind me.. that we aren't good at rugby."
They've won the big one before - as in one pool game in 1987, 1991, 1999, and 2007.