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Rugby Internationals: Round 2 Predictions

This first weekend of the various International series should be fascinating as the players transition from club rugby to international level, and they don’t always pick up where they left off the last time they wore their country’s jersey.

Apologies for the delay in posting these - I'm already 0/1 after Samoa's win in the early hours this morning! However, it's still nice to have a place for some of you to engage in some (friendly) debate about what should be a cracking weekend of international rugby.

Here are my Rugby Internationals predictions for this weekend:



I’m optimistic about England winning a Test in New Zealand, and this first one looks the best opportunity. It might highlight that Super Rugby is not as strong as it used to be when the South African teams were involved, but the All Blacks clearly start as favourites.

I am also backing an Ireland win in Pretoria, which I accept will not be a popular view. There is a fascinating rivalry developing between the current two best teams in the world, which is also now reflected in the URC. The Irish have had slightly longer to prepare for the series, and again, the first Test is likely their best opportunity to catch the hosts cold.

The rest of the picks look fairly straightforward. How do yours compare?
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NZ will win
5 Jul 10:12
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Ireland will make it difficult for SA but if we play well without any cards or stupid penalties, we might scrape it by 1
5 Jul 10:46
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After being duped too many times I've sworn to never again change my picks, according to the experts predictions on the Friday. Boks & AB"s to lose ? You been smoking your socks ? 5 Jul 11:57
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Who knows what will happen. Ireland did beat us in the world cup remember..... 5 Jul 12:13
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Eng only lost due to poor kicking. SA will will we have our kickers on 6 Jul 11:04
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Larry, they beat us because it was part of the game plan. welldone SA not bad from the ire side tho good game 6 Jul 17:08
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After being duped too many times I've sworn to never again change my picks, according to the experts predictions on the Friday. Boks & AB"s to lose ? You been smoking your socks ? 5 Jul
5 Jul 12:01
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you said this twice 5 Jul 13:00
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Larry, the Boks didn't have a Fly-half for that match. 5 Jul 15:45
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That\'s no excuse lol. A pretty lame excuse actually. The #9 or 15 can also kick surely. The boks might revert to their 1 point winning margin again.... 6 Jul 05:24
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SA27_20IRE not the 1 6 Jul 17:10
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Ireland beat SA last 3 times and are certainly formidable, should be a cracker. Ireland by 3 but I can't honestly see England winning. NZ by 13.
6 Jul 02:48
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I agree. It\'s going to be a good game 6 Jul 05:24
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Add some zeros to that scores boys. Boks by 10 (Larry) or 30 (James)... If the mighty Bulls could beat Ireland by 5 then surely the score for Boks should be double that.
6 Jul 05:47
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I\'ve put money on Hollywood Bets for Ireland to win (Just for fun) would be awesome for the boks to give Ireland a good thrashing 6 Jul 12:54
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You will not achieve a 50% strike rate.
6 Jul 14:02
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SA deserved the win. Ireland were sloppy.
8 Jul 10:35
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Neither team deserved to win. Should have been a draw. Very disappointing from the 4x World Champions. Our kicking was absolutely shocking to put it mildly. The replacement kicker should have been brought on after half time 10 Jul 18:13
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erm ok... 11 Jul 08:40
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27 - 20
12 Jul 07:31