Andy Goode: In 2003 England had their match-winning hero in Jonny Wilkinson and I think Farrell is of that ilk. He’s a super-intense guy who brings everything to the team. You just have to look into his eyes as he’s coming on to the pitch. He can be a real star and hopefully will be lifting the trophy on November 2.
Shane Williams: If Alun Wyn Jones plays out of his skin, which he’s probably going to do, Wales can win the World Cup and it’s as simple as that really. JOE.co.uk
Stuart Barnes: South Africa. They have the full range to win it. A solid defence, a pack with strength in depth, an in-form set of half-backs, a goal kicker and a little bit of magic in the back three/
Brian O’Driscoll: I absolutely think Ireland can win it but they need a lot to go for them. But on the basis of what I’ve watched in the last two years, they can win the World Cup. Irish Independent