Big Beasts Line Up For Rugby World Cup Semis

The big beasts are lining up for the semi finals of the Rugby World Cup 2019 this weekend.

After weeks of group and knock-out matches, the final four are ready to decide their fates.

England face the All Blacks on Saturday, while Six Nations grand slam winners Wales take on South Africa he following day.

The winners will contest the final a week later. The three showpiece matches take place in front of sell out crowds of 72,000 rugby union fans and a TV audience of millions.

England boss Eddie Jones has started the pre-match war of words designed to stress his New Zealand opponents by claiming they are not invincible – even though they have not lost in the competition since the 2007 quarter finals.

All Blacks look for hat trick

New Zealand won the cup at the last two tournaments in 2011 and 2015 and are stroing favourites to make three titles in a row.

“No one’s got a 100% record in Test rugby,” said Jones.

“No one averages 100 in Test cricket. No one wins every Grand Slam 6-0. So every team has got a weakness. Every team is beatable.

“Well, we’ll find that out during the week. The All Blacks are a great side – well coached, good leadership team – if you give them the type of ball they want, they are hard to defend against.

“Like any team they’ve got weaknesses.”

Wales lose key players to injury

The All Blacks are confident of reaching the final, having scored 44 points and eight tries more than England in the tournament so far.

Meanwhile, the Wales back row loses Josh Navidi with a hamstring injury. Navidi is a key player for Wales, playing open and blind side for the team since his debut in 2013.

Coach Warren Gaitland is trying to leave the South Africans guessing about his team, which is also suffering art centre with Jonathan Davis and Hadleigh Parkes both carrying injuries.

Davies missed the quarter final victory over France while Parkes has nursed a broken hand therough the tournament.

Whatever the results, the prospects of a Rugby World Cup 2019 northern hemisphere final with England playing Wales is enticing for fans, as is the opposite of an all southern hemisphere match.