Ultimate guide to the Rugby World Cup: Pool D

By Matt Findlay Six Nations rivals Ireland, France and Italy are expected to battle for two quarter final places in Pool D, with Romania and Canada qualifying for the final two spots. Although most expect Ireland and France to push through to the knockout stages, it's difficult to rule out the ever improving Italians and with the runner-up in Pool D likely to meet New Zealand in the quarter finals, none of the sides will want to drop a match. Ireland (World Ranking - 6th) Despite looking dominant in winning the Six Nations earlier in the year, Ireland sits in a precarious position leading into the 2015 Rugby World Cup (RWC). Basically, the Irish are expected to progress from pool D, but after some interesting selections from head coach Joe Schmidt and back-to-back warm-up losses to Wales and England Ireland have no momentum – although a reluctance to show their cards too early was evident in said losses. (CLICK TO READ MORE) France (World Ranking - 7th) France equal the most ev
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