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Rugby World Cup betting guide: Pool D

| 06.09.2011

World Cup history key (from 1987-2007):
DNQ = Did not qualify, P = Pool stages, QFPO = Quarter-final pool stages, QF = Quarter-finals, SF = Semi-finals, F = Final, W = Winners
Results key
P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, T = Tries scored

South Africa: Predicted pool finishing position – First
World Cup history: -, -, W, SF, QF, W
Coach: Peter de Villiers
Captain: John Smit
Star man: Heinrich Brussow
World ranking: 3
A poor Tri Nations has seen many punters write South Africa off, but victory in their final Tri Nations game has revised opinions and they look certain to be heading to a semi-final with New Zealand.
Fixtures:
South Africa vs Wales: Sun Sep 11 – Wellington
P25, W23, L1, D1, T87
South Africa vs Fiji: Sat Sep 17 – Wellington
P2, W2, T10
South Africa vs Namibia: Thurs Sep 22 – Auckland, North Harbour
P1, W1, T15
South Africa vs Samoa: Fri Sep 30 – Auckland, North Harbour
P6, W6, T44

Wales: Second
World Cup history: SF, P, P, QF, QF, P
Coach: Warren Gatland
Captain: Sam Warburton
Star Man: George North
World ranking: 6
A tough group against teams that have previously ended Wales’ World Cup hopes and so Gatland’s side will have to be on top form and ties against Fiji and Samoa will define Wales’ tournament.
Fixtures:
South Africa vs Wales: Sun September 11 – Wellington
P25, W1, L23, D1, T31
Wales vs Samoa: Sun September 18 – Hamilton
P7, W4, L3, T20
Wales vs Namibia: Mon September 26 – New Plymouth
P3, W3, T11
Wales vs Fiji: Sun October 2 – Hamilton
P8, W6, L1, D1, T27

Fiji: Fourth
World Cup history: QF, P, DNQ, QFPO, P, QF
Coach: Samu Domoni
Captain: Deacon Manu
Star Man: Napolioni Nalaga
World ranking: 15
With just two wins in their last 10 games Fiji have struggled for form recently but they will be buoyed by last year’s draw in Wales and having beaten Samoa in July, will be confident that they can challenge for second.
Fixtures:
Fiji vs Namibia: Sat September 10 – Rotorua
P1, W1, T9
South Africa vs Fiji: Sat September 17 – Wellington
P2, L2, T4
Fiji vs Samoa: Sun September 25 – Auckland, Eden Park
P44, W25, L17, D2, T114
Wales vs Fiji: Sun October 2 – Hamilton
P10, W1, L8, D1, T21

Samoa: Third
World Cup history: DNQ, QF, QF, QFPO, P, P
Coach: Titmaea Tafua
Captain: Seilala Mapusua
Star Man: Alesana Tuilagi
World ranking: 10
Victory over Australia in Sydney in July means Samoa enter the World Cup with plenty of confidence and having upset Wales in a World Cup before, they are serious dark horses for second spot in Pool B.
Fixtures:
Samoa vs Namibia: Wed September 14 – Rotorua
P1, W1, T5
Wales vs Samoa: Sun September 18 – Hamilton
P7, W3, L4, T14
Fiji vs Samoa: Sun September 25 – Auckland, Eden Park
P47, W17, L28, D2 T90
South Africa vs Samoa: Fri September 30 – Auckland, North Harbour
P6, L6, T9

Namibia: Fifth
World Cup history: DNQ, DNQ, DNQ, P, P, P
Coach: Johan Diergaardt
Captain: Jacques Berger
Star Man: Jacques Berger
World ranking: 20
A decent Sevens team should lend itself to flowing rugby and Namibia are apable of scoring tries – they have done against all four teams in Pool D. However they look likely to be the whipping boys in Pool D.
Fixtures:
Fiji vs Namibia: Sat September 10 – Rotorua
P1, L1, T2
Samoa vs Namibia: Wed September 14 – Rotorua
P1, L1, T2
South Africa vs Namibia: Thus September 22 – Auckland, North Harbour
P1, L1, T1
Wales vs Namibia: Mon September 26 – New Plymouth
P1, L1, T2

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.