Brian Moore: England look very good, but must be flawless to defeat the All Blacks

Brian Moore's Full Contact Rugby

By The Telegraph

Brian Moore: England look very good, but must be flawless to defeat the All Blacks

Monday, 21 October

We're down to just four in the 2019 Rugby World Cup after this weekend's quarter finals in Japan. And joining Brian in studio to react to the all four games is former England hooker George Chuter.

England were first to impress with a comfortable win over Australia on Saturday morning. Next up it was the All Black's who handed out a ruthless thrashing to Ireland later that very same day.

The pre tournament favourites look like they could be peaking at just the right time but was it a case of Kiwi brilliance or did Ireland just simply fail to turn up? The Irish now go into a transitional phase as head coach Joe Schmidt departs his role after six years in charge. Former Ireland hooker Shane Byrne offers us his thoughts on whether the last year in charge for Schmidt has tainted his otherwise excellent legacy as head coach.

Wales became the third team into the semi's on Sunday morning. They defeated France by a solitary point and not without any controversy. Referee Jaco Peyper made headlines on and off the pitch following his decision to rightfully red card Sebastien Vahaamahina in the first half.

Lastly hosts Japan were knocked out by an efficient display from South Africa. The Springboks now face Wales in the semi final and for a chance to potentially meet New Zealand in the final and right the wrong of their defeat in the opening weekend of the competition.

And the Gallagher Premiership is back, we discuss how likely the World Cup is to affect the destination of the trophy come the end of the season.

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