Sir Clive Woodward predicts England semi-final score and man of the match - Ruck

Sir Clive Woodward predicts England semi-final score and man of the match

Sir Clive Woodward has made predictions regarding the outcome of the Rugby World Cup semi-final between England and South Africa, including his forecast for the man of the match.

“Looking at both sides, my view is England could actually have the stronger team at the end of the game,” wrote Woodward in his column for the Mail Online.

“The key question is whether the starting side can keep South Africa within one score by the hour mark. Borthwick must not feel the need to substitute every player.

“I expect them to try to find grass with their kicks and look to turn Elliot Daly and Jonny May.

“The physical battle will, of course, be huge. That is the case for any elite game. South Africa will try to batter England physically and if Borthwick’s side do not match that, they have no chance. But I actually think England are growing in that area. They impressed me with their power and fitness against Fiji.

“The first couple of scrums are going to be huge. They will set the tone for the game.

“If England are at the races — and I expect them to turn up with a big performance — then there is every chance of an upset.

“England really are capable of shocking the world. England by three, with Itoje man of the match!”


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#5. Chris Robshaw (England)

The flanker is a former English rugby union player who captained the national team from 2012 to 2015.

Known for his exceptional work rate and leadership skills, Robshaw was a dynamic flanker who made a significant impact on the field. He enjoyed a successful club career with Harlequins, where he played for over a decade. Robshaw’s dedication and commitment to the sport earned him numerous accolades and the respect of his peers.

Off the field, he is admired for his philanthropic efforts, using his platform to support various charitable causes.

Owens said: “Some people will be surprised at this one to start off. His misfortune was perhaps to be leading England during a difficult time, but he always gave everything for the cause, encouraging others to follow suit, and he was a nice guy off the pitch.”