Barely a fortnight remains until England plays host to the eighth edition of the Rugby World Cup and bookmakers Ladbrokes are getting the festival atmosphere started early.
As the finishing touches are put into place for the home nations before the final set of warm-up games, the bookmakers are casting an eye towards the eventual winners of the Webb Ellis trophy.
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England v Ireland: Sat 14.30, Twickenham
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Can Sam Burgess be England’s Jason Robinson of 2003 and confound the Rugby League naysayers by helping his country to glory on home soil?
The Bath Rugby man certainly provides an exciting option for Stuart Lancaster’s men.
Only reigning champions New Zealand are given a better chance than England to win the World Cup 2015, and considering the All Blacks have only succeeded on home soil and not made a final outside the southern hemisphere there is genuine optimism around the hosts.
Although a consummate Irish side have edged England out of the last two Six Nations titles, the Red Rose have a far richer tradition in the biggest competition of all, finishing runners-up on two other occasions.
Host nations have claimed three of the previous seven titles too.
Wales v Italy: Sat 17:00, Millennium Stadium
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Semi-finalists at the last World Cup in New Zealand, Warren Gatland’s men will be hoping to go even further in more familiar surroundings.
Although the Red Dragon lost out to England in Cardiff to start the Six Nations on a bad footing, Sam Warburton and co roared back to claim four victories.
The most impressive of these came at home against the Irish, which restored belief that this team can go a long way, if they can squeeze out of the toughest Pool in the tournament containing England and Australia.
The boot of full-back Leigh Halfpenny will give Wales every chance.
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