Rugby World Cup: the pundit’s view – Martin Bayfield

The ITV pundit and former England lock forward gives his views on the forthcoming tournament

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Player to watch?

Australia’s Kurtley Beal.

Who will win?

Australia are an intelligent team who can adapt to whatever they need to do.  

Dark horses?

The Georgians are one of the minnows but they’re going to offer an immense physical challenge. In the second tier, Samoa, Fiji and Tonga all saw what Argentina achieved last time to earn themselves a place in the southern hemisphere Tri-Nations. Can one of them seize the tournament and follow?   

Mr Indestructible

Well, Australia are praying their props are going to be tough enough – that’s where they’ve been found wanting in the past and they’ve suffered in the scrum. 

World cup memory?

Beating Australia in the quarter-final in 1995 – they’d been typically chippy beforehand. But that was quickly followed by my worst WC memory, getting blitzed by the All Blacks in the semi-final.   

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