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Sorry...English are my tip for final

By Willie Anderson

Published 18/09/2015

We'd all love to imagine Ireland in a final - and with the group of players they have I really think that anything is possible.

Right now though, putting myself on the spot, I'm going to go for New Zealand versus England in the decider at Twickenham on October 31.

I know no nation has ever retained the World Cup, but I can see the All Blacks going all the way and with England at home they have a real shout, though getting out of their group, which includes Australia and Wales, will be a tough assignment.

As for the best of the rest South Africa will be hard to beat, I think they'll change their game and focus on their strengths; kicking and contact.

Australia, having found a way to get David Pocock and Michael Hooper into the side are a real dark horse and France, well you just never know, do you?

The talent is there and we've seen before how they raise their game at the biggest tournament, but before a ball has been kicked or thrown I'm going for New Zealand v England in the final.

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