Rugby World Cup predictions: Legends pick their 2019 winners

The 2019 Rugby World Cup gets underway on Friday when hosts Japan take on Russia.

After a dismal showing four years ago, England enters this tournament as one of the favourites and the number three side in the world.

Does anyone think England will do it?

Rugby World Cup predictions

Lawrence Dallaglio: England or South Africa. They could meet each other in the first semi-final but both are coming to the boil nicely. Times predictions

Sir Ian McGeechan: Far from invincible but the All Blacks will have learnt lessons from recent defeat by Australia and draw in South Africa. Still the team to beat. Telegraph

Schalk Burger: There are probably seven teams who have a chance of winning. I like the space the Springboks are in at the moment, and if I had to pick the four semi-finalists, I go us, the All Blacks, England and Wales. But it’s a World Cup, and once the pressure is on in the knockout games, anything can happen. SuperSport

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: a jubilant Schalk Burger of South Africa (R) and Fourie Du Preez of South Africa enbrace following victory in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between South Africa and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on October 17, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Lee – World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

Brian Moore: England – depending on them getting out of the group and in what position. Brian Moore Full Contact podcast

Chris Robshaw: I think it will be between England and South Africa. Seeing the buzz about the football, in both the men’s and women’s World Cup, and now the Ashes, you realise how sport galvanises the country like nothing else. This England side has the potential to do that. Rugby Pass

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