Ready for the Biggest Clash of two giants team of Rugby. Most anticipation game tomorrow will happen. Dear fan take holyday from work & enjoy the match, Before the game start read all the preview, kick off time & all. 2019 Rugby World Cup semifinalists have been confirmed and there are two intriguing battles which will play out over the weekend. The first semifinal between New Zealand and England is going to be a humdinger. The teams ranked first and second on the World Rugby rankings were devastating in the way they went about defeating Ireland and Australia respectively.
The All Blacks are in a good space and are the best-balanced side at the World Cup because they are the one team that is different to England, South Africa and Wales. The All Blacks are actually getting the blend right the best at the moment. They kick when they need to kick and run when they need to run. They are brilliant to watch and you just have to take your hat off to the All Blacks. The New Zealand All Blacks. The name itself evokes fear and awe. Combining beauty and brutal efficiency, it’s a team that likes to see itself as the best in the world and has the numbers to prove it.
What’s worse is the opposition knows what is coming, but executing a strategy to survive a meeting with the All Blacks is easier said than done.
That’s the task now facing Eddie Jones and his England team, which plays the All Blacks on Saturday in Yokohama. When the Australian slid into one of the hottest coaching seats in world rugby after England’s ignominious exit from a home World Cup four years ago, he told the downtrodden players they would lift the Webb Ellis Cup in Japan.
Where: Yokohama International Stadium, Yokohama
Kickoff: 9pm on Saturday (NZT)
How to watch: Live on Spark Sport and TVNZ 1, coverage from 7pm
Prediction (Liam Hyslop): It should be a tight one, but New Zealand have the wood over England and have been building nicely through this tournament. ABs by 7.
Will the northern or the southern hemisphere emerge on top from the Rugby World Cup semi-finals? Or will the perfectly set-up semi-finals give us another north vs south encounter in the final?
Holders New Zealand face England in the first semi-final on Saturday, while South Africa take on Wales in the second semi-final on Sunday, with both games being hosted in Yokohama. Wales are the only semi-finalist not to have won the trophy before.
Saturday’s semi-final kicks off at 5pm local time (9am BST, 4am ET), while the second match-up is an hour later in Japan (6pm) and an hour later in the US, but the same time in the UK due to the clock change for the end of British Summer Time. England (15-1)
Elliot Daly; Anthony Watson, Manu Tuilagi, Owen Farrell (capt), Jonny May; George Ford, Ben Youngs; Billy Vunipola, Sam Underhill, Tom Curry; Courtney Lawes, Maro Itoje; Kyle Sinckler, Jamie George, Mako Vunipola
Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Joe Marler, Dan Cole, George Kruis, Mark Wilson, Willi Heinz, Henry Slade, Jonathan Joseph
New Zealand (15-1)
Beauden Barrett; Sevu Reece, Jack Goodhue, Anton Lienert-Brown, George Bridge; Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read (capt), Ardie Savea, Scott Barrett; Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick; Nepo Laulala, Cody Taylor, Joe Moody
Replacements: Dane Coles, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Angus Ta’avao, Patrick Tuipulotu, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Sonny Bill Williams, Jordie Barrett
The Rugby World Cup quarter final weekend threatened to be a classic featuring much-anticipated match-ups but, in the end, only the Wales-France game provided the necessary tension. New Zealand cruised past Ireland, England dominated Australia and South Africa weathered the Japanese storm in the first half to comfortably advance.
England too have looked comfortable until this point, particularly as Typhoon Hagibis also ruled out the biggest challenge, the group game against France.
For the semi-final the All Blacks and England have mostly retained the sides that got them this far with minor but key changes. England have recalled fly-half George Ford, moving skipper Owen Farrell to inside centre to accommodate him, and thus giving England more kicking options. Meanwhile, New Zealand have chosen Scott Barrett, a lock, to play at blindside flanker, and will look to dominate the line-out and potentially negating kicking for territory as a viable option.