England meet Tonga, Ireland face Scotland and Wales take on Georgia in the opening round of their respective Rugby World Cup groups.
Joe Schmidt’s Ireland side are ranked as the world’s best team, and they are well fancied to go deep into the knockout rounds in the 2019 World Cup. Scotland present the biggest challenge in Pool A, but Ireland will be confident of having enough to get off to a winning start.
The Irish beat 22-13 in the Six Nations back in February, and this one should be a close one.
IRELAND WINNING MARGIN BETWEEN 1-12
England face a tough battle to qualify from Pool C, with France and Argentina strong contenders for the knockout stages. However, Eddie Jones’ side, ranked third in the world, should have little issue getting past the pool’s lowest ranked side, Tonga.
Jones’ side won three of their four warm up games, scoring over 30 points in each victory on the road to Japan and they will be hungry for a big score in their opening game. An England winning margin of 31-35 is 6/1 with 10Bet.
ENGLAND WINNING MARGIN BETWEEN 31-35 AT 6/1
Warren Gatland’s Wales face tough start to the 2019 World Cup, up against the improving Georgia. The Georgians have moved up to 12th in world rankings, and Wales’ mixed form in warm up games has disrupted their progress after winning the Six Nations back in the spring.
With Australia, Fiji and Uruguay in Pool D, Wales cannot afford to get off to a winning start in Toyota. Gatland’s side are not high scorers, with less than 30 points scored in their last nine games.
They should beat Georgia, but it will be tight, with a Welsh winning margin of 1-12.
WALES WINNING MARGIN BETWEEN 1-12
Head to Head
Ireland beat Scotland the last time they met, in February’s Six Nations. Scotland’s last win over Ireland was in 2017, 27-22.
England and Tonga have met twice before, with England winning 101-10 in October 1999.
Wales and Georgia have met once, when Georgia went to Cardiff in 2017 and lost 13-6.
Ireland, England and Wales to win
Every team competing at the Rugby World Cup will want to make a strong start to the tournament but it’s inevitable that only half of them can. Ireland, England and Wales will be among the strongest sides in the competition, and should each get off to a winning start – but some more comfortably than others.
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