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World Cup 2023: Day 2 Preview

After an opening night that saw hosts France manage a memorable victory over New Zealand at the Stade de France, we're now set for our first 'full' day of this Rugby World Cup with four matches taking place.

Those of you that picked Les Bleus are no doubt already enjoying some bragging rights towards the top of your Superbru leaderboards, but it's very early days and today will be interesting as tonight's final match is another that has split our community very evenly.

Rugby World Cup Day 1 results:

🇫🇷 France 27-13 New Zealand 🇳🇿
✅ Result predicted by 36% of Superbru players
🎯 Exact margin predicted by 0.3% of Superbru players

New Zealand started this match on top, with the first of Mark Telea's two tries coming inside the first couple of minutes, but penalties kicked by Thomas Ramos ensured France were always in the game and the hosts came alive in the second half. Tries from Damien Penaud and Melvyn Jaminet resulted in what ended up being a fairly comfortable winning margin.

Rugby World Cup Day 2 schedule

🇮🇹 Italy vs. Namibia 🇳🇦
⏰ Kick-off at 13:00 local time
🏟 Stade Geoffrey-Guichard, Saint-Etienne

Italy are very strong favourites on Superbru in this one, as the Azzurri have named a strong looking side and come into the game having picked up healthy wins over Romania and Japan last month.

☘️ Ireland vs. Romania 🇷🇴
⏰ Kick-off at 15:30 local time
🏟 Matmut Atlantique, Bordeaux

On paper, this is one of the most one-sided matches of the pool stage which means it's all about the margin for Superbru players! Plenty of fantasy players will be keeping an eye on their captain picks from the world's number 1 ranked side too...

🇦🇺 Australia vs. Georgia 🇬🇪
⏰ Kick-off at 18:00 local time
🏟 Stade de France, Saint-Denis

Can Eddie Jones pick up his first win as Wallabies boss now that the World Cup is here? Preparation hasn't been great and Georgia will provide a real test so this one should be interesting, but only a very small percentage of the Superbru community has picked against the Wallabies. This is the first match in what should be a fascinating Pool C with Fiji, Wales and Portugal the other teams in the group.

🇦🇺 England vs. Argentina 🇬🇪
⏰ Kick-off at 21:00 local time
🏟 Stade Velodrome, Marseille

It's not really fair to pick a 'standout' match in a World Cup where every match is of course very significant, but this is the one that has the most riding on it in terms of Superbru leaderboards as our community is very evenly split. Will it be England or Argentina who step up and perform when it counts? Feel free to share your views in the comments.

Good luck with your predictions today and remember that the Superbru Rugby app is the best place to follow this World Cup as you can join the discussion both on these daily articles and full-time result graphics for selected matches throughout the tournament.
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some interesting match-ups to look forward to.. :-)
9 Sep 09:47
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England vs Argentina to be a close game
9 Sep 09:56
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The England - Argentina match is going to be epic! Southern Hemisphere for the win!!!!!!
9 Sep 10:06
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As a Brit, England should be backed against; this is our weakest team for many many years
9 Sep 10:09
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Ireland to score 75
9 Sep 11:17
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Margin was 74. Not bad, Prof! 10 Sep 05:06
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Come on NAMIBIA!!
9 Sep 11:54
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Let’s gooo england
9 Sep 14:22
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I want England now to beat the pumas by 6
9 Sep 18:16
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England, land of rugby, and Eddie's Austriala, really, WTF???
9 Sep 20:22
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They won fairly
9 Sep 21:36