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World Cup 2015 will finally get under way on Friday Evening, when the hosts England will face Fiji at Twickenham Stadium in the opening fixture of the tournament. Although, it would be a major surprise if Fiji progress from Pool A, which appears by far the toughest of the four qualifying Pools, with Australia and Wales also fighting for one of the two qualifying spots, the South Sea Islanders may well play a large part in who does make it through to the quarter-finals.
Fiji should present England with a tough test first up, although ultimately the hosts should have sufficient experience and technique in the forwards to subdue their opponents, who are more famous for their exploits in the 7-a-side format of the game. If the game does become loose and unstructured, Fiji with talent such as the Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo, could cause England untold problems.
Runners-up in the 2015 6-Nations, England appeared unconvincing, particularly in the forwards, during their two warm up matches. However, in their last game at Twickenham, against Ireland, they put on a much improved display, winning 21-13, and may just be coming to the peak of their play at the right time. The visitors have never beaten England in a full international, having lost on all five occasions the nations have faced each other. The one previous time in a Rugby World Cup being also at Twickenham in 1999, when they went down 24-45, outscored by 4-3 tries.
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