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Lancaster predicts open World Cup

January 01, 2015 13:52:57 UK

England head coach Stuart Lancaster is relishing this year’s World Cup and he feels any one of up to eight teams can potentially win the Webb Ellis Trophy.

Stuart Lancaster feels this year’s World Cup is wide open.

Lancaster is looking to produce a team which can emulate the 2003 World Cup-winning success in Australia as England will host the tournament which gets under way in mid-September.

However, while reigning world champions New Zealand are favourites to retain their trophy, Lancaster firmly believes that there are several teams who will be participating and feel they have a realistic chance of winning.

“The real strength of this World Cup in 2015 is the vast number of teams that can potentially win it,” he said.

“New Zealand are number one in the world and quite rightly so but if you look across the board there are six, seven or eight teams that have the potential to win. That’s what makes it such an exciting tournament this time round.”

New Zealand are number one in the world and quite rightly so but if you look across the board there are six, seven or eight teams that have the potential to win.

Stuart Lancaster

There were doubts expressed as to England’s ability to lift the World Cup in November’s Autumn Internationals when they lost to New Zealand and South Africa, before coming good to see off Samoa and finished with a creditable win against Australia.

England are 4.50 to win the World Cup on home soil, while New Zealand are 2.30 to retain their trophy, South Africa can be backed at 5.50 and Australia are 9.00.

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