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Rugby World Cup 2019 expert tips

Maro Itoje runs the ball for England. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

The 2019 Rugby World Cup was won by South Africa.

We assembled an expert panel of Roar columnists in the leadup to the tournament, with their tips and insights into each and every match getting published right here.

Final and bronze medal match

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Final/Bronze Medal Digger Harry Geoff Brett Nobes Crowd
NZL vs WAL NZL NZL NZL NZL NZL NZL
ENG vs RSA ENG RSA ENG ENG RSA ENG
Last week 1 1 1 0 1 1
Total score 38 35 38 33 36 40
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Semi-finals

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Semi-finals Digger Harry Geoff Brett Nobes Crowd
ENG vs NZL NZL NZL NZL NZL NZL NZL
WAL vs RSA RSA RSA RSA WAL RSA RSA
Last week 4 3 4 2 4 4
Total score 37 34 37 33 35 39

Quarter-finals

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Quarter-finals Digger Harry Geoff Brett Nobes Crowd
ENG vs AUS ENG AUS ENG AUS ENG ENG
NZL vs IRE NZL NZL NZL NZL NZL NZL
WAL vs FRA WAL WAL WAL WAL WAL WAL
JPN vs RSA RSA RSA RSA JPN RSA RSA
Last week 5 4 4 4 5 5
Total score 33 31 33 31 31 35

Week 4

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Week 4 Digger Harry Geoff Brett Nobes Crowd
AUS vs GEO AUS AUS AUS AUS AUS AUS
NZL vs ITA NZL NZL NZL NZL NZL NZL
ENG vs FRA ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG
IRE vs SAM IRE IRE IRE IRE IRE IRE
NAM vs CAN NAM NAM NAM NAM NAM NAM
USA vs TGA TGA USA TGA USA TGA TGA
WAL vs URU WAL WAL WAL WAL WAL WAL
JPN vs SCO JPN JPN SCO JPN JPN JPN
Last week 12 11 12 12 11 12
Total score 28 27 29 27 26 30

Week 3

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It’s an action-packed third week of the group stage, with 12 matches taking place in what shapes to be a pivotal period of the tournament.

The most interesting match in the third week has to be England taking on Argentina. Three experts have backed Eddie Jones’ men to get the job done, but there’s decent support for the Pumas too.

Week 3 Digger Harry Geoff Brett Nobes Crowd
GEO vs FIJ FIJ FIJ FIJ FIJ FIJ FIJ
IRE vs RUS IRE IRE IRE IRE IRE IRE
RSA vs ITA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA
AUS vs URU AUS AUS AUS AUS AUS AUS
ENG vs ARG ENG ARG ENG ENG ARG ENG
JPN vs SAM JPN JPN JPN JPN JPN JPN
NZL vs NAM NZL NZL NZL NZL NZL NZL
FRA vs TGA FRA FRA FRA FRA FRA FRA
RSA vs CAN RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA
ARG vs USA ARG ARG ARG ARG ARG ARG
SCO vs RUS SCO SCO SCO SCO SCO SCO
WAL vs FIJ WAL WAL WAL WAL WAL WAL
Last week 8 9 8 7 8 9
Total score 16 16 17 15 15 18

Week 2

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The second week has proved fairly unanimous on the tipping front. Surprisingly, four of the experts have backed the Wallabies over Wales despite an unconvincing first-up win over Fiji.

The only other non-unanimous tip is Brett McKay bravely picking Uruguay to back their stunning upset over Fiji up with a win over Georgia.

Week 2 Digger Harry Geoff Brett Nobes Crowd
ITA vs CAN ITA ITA ITA ITA ITA ITA
ENG vs USA ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG
ARG vs TGA ARG ARG ARG ARG ARG ARG
JPN vs IRE IRE IRE IRE IRE IRE IRE
RSA vs NAM RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA RSA
GEO vs URU GEO GEO GEO URU GEO GEO
AUS vs WAL AUS WAL AUS AUS AUS AUS
SCO vs SAM SCO SCO SCO SCO SCO SCO
FRA vs USA FRA FRA FRA FRA FRA FRA
NZL vs CAN NZL NZL NZL NZL NZL NZL
Last week 8 7 9 8 7 9
Total score 8 7 9 8 7 9

Week 1

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The first week of the group stage has its fair share of clear-cut matches, although there are two genuine blockbusters too.

All eyes are on a potential World Cup final preview in New Zealand and South Africa – and it’s almost spilt the panel. Harry Jones and Nobrain are backing the Springboks to claim the points, while Brett McKay, Geoff Parkes and Diggercane have gone the All Blacks.

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In a pivotal Pool C clash, only Geoff sees France upsetting Argentina despite iffy lead-in form from the latter. The rest of the panel is all backing the Pumas.

Week 1’s other matches have all been tipped unanimously.

Week 1 Digger Harry Geoff Brett Nobes Crowd
JPN vs RUS JPN JPN JPN JPN JPN JPN
AUS vs FIJ AUS AUS AUS AUS AUS AUS
FRA vs ARG ARG ARG FRA ARG ARG FRA
NZL vs RSA NZL RSA NZL NZL RSA NZL
ITA vs NAM ITA ITA ITA ITA ITA ITA
IRE vs SCO IRE IRE IRE IRE IRE IRE
ENG vs TGA ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG
WAL vs GEO WAL WAL WAL WAL WAL WAL
RUS vs SAM SAM SAM SAM SAM SAM SAM
FIJ vs URU FIJ FIJ FIJ FIJ FIJ FIJ

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