The William Webb-Ellis Cup will be up for grabs for the winner of the competition which ends at the month. Photo: Planet Rugby
We’re set for four epic quarter-finals at the 2015 Rugby World Cup to be held in London and Cardiff.
The headline fixture is arguably the rematch of the 2007 quarter-final between France and New Zealand as they meet at the same venue, Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
There is an even split between the hemispheres with all four matches North v South clashes.
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Nemani Nadolo attacks for Fiji against Uruguay in their Pool A match at mk Stadium in Milton Keynes, England. Photo: World Rugby
Fiji ended their Rugby World Cup campaign on a high with a 47-15 win over 14-man Uruguay in Milton Keynes on Tuesday.
John McKee’s men were determined to end the tournament on a positive note after coming in with such high hopes, and did so by scoring seven tries, including two penalty tries stemming from their dominant scrum.
Fiji has a good chance to pick up a bonus point win against Uruguay. Photo: Planet Rugby
Fiji will fancy their chances of picking up their first win of Rugby World Cup 2015 in tomorrow morning’s (Tuesday UK time) clash with Uruguay in Milton Keynes.
Fiji and Uruguay have met each other on one occasion in which they both awarded caps, a 1999 Test match in L’Aquila, Italy which Fiji won 39-24.
Wales coach Warren Gatland says Fiji’s scrum put them under pressure. Photo: WalesOnline
Wales coach Warren Gatland was relieved to get a win over Fiji despite missing out on a bonus point in a thrilling game in Cardiff.
The Welsh looked well-set to pick up maximum points when they led 17-3 after half an hour, with two tries under their belts.
However from there Fiji grew into the game, and even threatened an upset when they got back to within four points early in the second half.
Wales flyhalf Dan Biggar (right) celebrates one of his penalty kicks with Lloyd Williams in their 28-25 win over England on Sunday. Photo: WalesOnline
Wales’ defence coach Shaun Edwards believes it is unlikely that key players will be rested when they play Fiji on Wednesday.
The Welsh are coming off a bruising encounter against England where the battle of the boot saw Dan Biggar guide them to victory.
However, Edwards revealed that Wales cannot rest on their laurels and he is expecting coach Warren Gatland to name a strong line-up for their clash against Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on Thursday.
Clash of props . . . Fiji’s prop Campese Ma’afu (right) confronts England counterpart Dan Coles. Photo: Getty Images
England left it late but came away from their Rugby World Cup opener with a bonus point 35-11 win over a punishing Fiji side at Twickenham.
Late tries from Mike Brown and Billy Vunipola in many ways glossed over a number of issues for Stuart Lancaster and the rest of his coaches to address – although they had time to do so during multiple lengthy stoppages involving the television match official.
England never hit the pace they set at their best against Ireland in their final warm-up match due to a combination of clear jitters along with Fiji’s refusal to let them settle.
Head coach John McKee and scrum coach Alan Muir’s work with Fiji means they are no longer a soft touch at the scrum, that crucial area in the past where teams have dominated them. No more, on this basis at least.
National Fiji coach John McKee trained the Fiji team simulating noises from Twickenham. Photo: Getty Images
Fiji head coach John McKee has revealed how the side have used loud speakers in training to prepare for Twickenham on Friday.
A sell-out crowd will watch the Pacific Island side face Rugby World Cup hosts England in the opening game of the 2015 tournament.
Expecting a raucous atmosphere, Fiji have prepared accordingly by attempting to recreate similar noise levels to Friday night.
“We had a little bit of a strategy earlier in the campaign in Fiji, we had a PA system playing crowd noise and the sounds from Twickenham,” said McKee.
Coach john McKee faces the media during training last week with the Fiji team. Photo: Fiji Rugby
Fiji head coach John McKee has urged his charges to play to their “absolute best” when they kick-off the Rugby World Cup against England on Friday.
The islanders go into the tournament on the back of a Pacific Nations Cup win and an emphatic 47-18 victory over Canada, which has pleased boss McKee.
Despite their results though, the coach knows that Pool A will be tough.