Rugby World Cup
September sees the start of the 2007 Rugby World Cup which will run until October 20th. New Zealand, as ever, are favourites and the All Blacks will take some beating. That said, since winning the first World Cup 20 years ago, New Zealand have lost in no less than 3 semi-finals (as well as one final) so they will be looking to put their Â‘chokerÂ’ tag behind them this year.
Defending champions England will have their work cut out if they are to become the first side in history to retain the trophy as the side is a shadow of the one that Jonny Wilkinson kicked to glory four years ago. They face 2nd favourites South Africa in the group stage which should give them a stern test early in the tournament. It would be dangerous to write off France as they will be seeking to make home advantage count but the Southern Hemisphere teams are undoubtedly the most powerful on paper.
With 48 matches in just 44 days it promises to be an action-packed and exciting tournament which should throw up its fair share of flair v power match-ups.
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20/20 Cricket World Cup
20/20 Cricket has taken the World by storm and the inaugural 20/20 World Cup begins on September 11th. This format has thrown up some surprise results (none more so than Kent winning EnglandÂ’s 20/20 Cup this year) and any of 8 teams have realistic chances of lifting the trophy.
EnglandÂ’s hopes lie on Kevin Pietersen. If he fires, they can beat anyone. Sri Lanka are without the mercurial Muralitharan who is out injured. As usual, PakistanÂ’s preparations have been shrouded in controversy- this time Shoaib Â‘Rawalpindi ExpressÂ’ Akhtar has been sent home for his part in an altercation with fellow pace-bowler Mohammed Asif which left the latter with a bat-sized bruise on his leg. IndiaÂ’s batting is phenomenal but they have a habit of going missing in big tournaments. Australia are the obvious favourites but in the slog-fest format anybody really can beat anybody so we should be in for some cracking games.
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