When British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland revealed his 41-man squad for the tour of New Zealand back in April, plenty of supporters were quietly confident ahead of the three match series this summer. On paper, the Lions are blessed with an abundance of talent in almost every area on the field but something isn’t quite right.
Simply put, England were superb in 2016; going on a 13-match unbeaten run throughout the calendar year. Eddie Jones has managed to single-handedly turn England’s form around after their dismal effort in last year’s home World Cup and they are yet to lose under their Australian head coach. If nothing else, a Six Nations Grand Slam success and whitewash tour triumph in Australia in 2016 have helped to remind us just how strong this England side is.
Throughout the 2015 Rugby World Cup, fans were treated to a number of terrific tackles, sensational shocks and incredible individual moments. However, as with most sports, team performances are much more important than individual efforts. While there were numerous immense team showings, Argentina may perhaps have been the best of the bunch.
The two-time champion South Africa will have to beat the United States in order to get into World Cup quarter-finals.
The USA Eagles face their most deadliest test yet in their 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign so far, as they take on the fearsome South Africa at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Newcastle on Wednesday.