Brian Moore: If you think rugby's gone soft, go watch MMA!

Brian Moore's Full Contact Rugby

By The Telegraph

Brian Moore: If you think rugby's gone soft, go watch MMA!

Monday, 7 October

With the Pool stages of the 2019 Rugby World Cup drawing to a close, and the quarter finals starting to take shape, Brian Moore is joined in studio by former Springbok captain and World Cup winner Bob Skinstad to analyse which teams are likely to top their pool and ensure a safer route to the latter stages of the tournament.

England came through their first tier one test with relative ease but we're aided massively by a red card to Argentinas' Tomas Lavanini. The decision has divided rugby fans across the World but both Brian and Bob agree with the punishment and think it will lead to more sensible tackles moving forward.

Despite the win, Brian is still not convinced we've seen the best of Eddie Jones side just yet. Former World Cup winner Mike Tindall joins the show and gives us his take on how England should line up for their final pool match with France.

As for France, they laboured to a narrow win over Tonga and have guaranteed their place in the quarter finals. Ahead of their pool decider with England there have been rumours of a rift between captain Guilhem Guirado and the senior coaching staff. One man who knows what it's like to coach France at a World Cup is Philippe Saint-André, he joins the show and explains why the French are more of a 4x4 than a Formula One car at present.

Three teams could still make it out of Pool A. Hosts Japan are the only side heading into their final game with a 100% record, they take on Scotland on Sunday morning and former full back Hugo Southwell looks ahead to that game as well as the number of permutations surrounding the pool.

And we get Bob's thoughts on South Africa's campaign so far, with issues off the pitch making more headlines the performances on the pitch.

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