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The Rugby World Cup and tackling Brexit

With the country's politicians mauling for control of Parliament, we talk all things Brexit and Rugby World Cup with our Head of Strategic Sales and resident rugby expert, Andy Goode.


Squad Selections, Build up and Manu Tuilagi

“With squad selections, you can always make arguments for omitted players. Danny Cipriani and Alex Goode have been tearing up trees in the Premiership and Champions Cup, yet they find themselves watching from their living rooms.

The one thing I will say about Eddie is he divides fans like no other coach has for England. He does it his way and as fans you have to respect it. He’s always said judge him on the World Cup, so I think over the next 8 weeks or so we will see if there is method to the Eddie madness.

For me there are two main things that have stood out; firstly our power game and secondly the fact our squad is fully fit and firing. Eddie Jones now has a clear view of what he wants to do and where he wants to go. Manu [Tuilagi] is fit, Billy [Vunipola] is fully fit and with [Tom] Curry and [Sam] Underhill in the back row, you can see the way we want to play. It’s been very effective in the warm-up games. As of right now, we are in the top 5 favourites and any of those 5 teams could win it.

The France game is crucial [for England], I think it will determine who wins our pool. Not taking anything away from Argentina but they have lost their last 9 games, so I am backing England in that one. Elsewhere New Zealand and South Africa will be a massive game. Two powerhouses of rugby playing on the opening weekend and the result will basically determine their paths through the later stages of the tournament. So that game also carries significant pressure.

I’d hope an English player wins it because that would mean England win the tournament. I’m going to say Manu Tuilagi, he’s back fit and firing, and when he’s on the ball he’s a very hard man to stop. He single-handedly defeated the All Blacks in 2012 and I think he’s back playing at that level now.

I’m going to say it will be an England versus South Africa Final.”


Brexit and Japan

“I think the general consensus, regardless of if you voted to remain or to leave, is that leaving with a deal is by far the preferable option.

I think Brexit will affect the entire world’s economy in one way or another. 

I’m not sure about how Brexit will affect the Yen, but we do need to get through this choppy water the UK finds itself in. We are currently in a position where we don’t know if we’re coming or going and it’s making it very difficult for business and individuals to plan for the long term. Regardless of whether we were to leave the EU by the 31st of October or delay proceedings until 2020, I’m sure either outcome would have an effect on the EU, UK and Japan.”

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