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Former All Blacks Differ With Ireland Rugby World Cup Predictions

Former All Blacks Differ With Ireland Rugby World Cup Predictions
By PJ Browne Updated
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Former All Blacks Jeff Wilson and Mils Muliaina have both predicted victory for New Zealand in the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

On Sky Sport NZ's The Breakdown, Muliaina said he feels that the All Blacks victory in the decider will be against Ireland. He predicted Ireland to top their group, which also features South Africa, Scotland, Tonga and Romania and then beat hosts France in the quarter-finals.

In what would be Ireland's first ever Rugby World Cup semi-final, Muliaina selected them to beat Australia before losing to New Zealand in the final.

Mils Muliaina's Rugby World Cup predictions on The Breakdown.

Wilson thinks Ireland will have a far less productive tournament, and will once again exit at the quarter-final stage.

"Ireland, I think, are going to top their pool. South African fans don't like me now!" he said.


"They are going to take on New Zealand [in the quarter-finals] because I think it's going to be tough for the All Blacks to beat France in round one, so they are going to be runners-up [in their group].

15 November 2008; Mils Muliaina, New Zealand, in action against Luke Fitzgerald, Ireland. Guinness Autumn Internationals, Ireland v New Zealand, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

"Who's going to win [between the All Blacks and Ireland]? The All Blacks. They are motivated in quarter-finals against some teams that have beaten them in the past. Ireland are that side, and they can't wait to do it."

Host Rikki Swannell predicted that Ireland will lose to New Zealand in the quarter-finals but that the All Blacks will be defeated by France in the final.

Ireland's Rugby World Cup campaign gets underway on September 9th when Andy Farrell's side face Romania in Bordeaux. They then play Tonga in Nantes on September 16th, South Africa in Paris on September 23rd, and Scotland, also in Paris, on October 7th.



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