Harlequins star Marcus Smith tips South Africa for World Cup glory
Every team has now played twice at the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the path to the quarter-finals is starting to take shape.
Japan, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, England, France, Wales and Argentina currently occupy the two qualifying places in each pool for the last eight, but a lot can still change and there is plenty of time for more shock results.
One man who will be hoping for some change is Harlequins fly-half Marcus Smith, who made several bold calls in his pre-tournament picks.
Smith is ultimately tipping South Africa to pip England in the final 21-18 but also believes Samoa and Fiji will make it out of Pool A and Pool D respectively and into the quarter-finals.
The 20-year-old sees Eddie Jones’ England knocking Fiji out in the last eight before beating New Zealand to make it into their fourth World Cup final.
Having also predicted a brilliant tournament for Samoa, Smith thinks the All Blacks will prove too much for them in the quarters while he is also tipping Australia, France and Ireland to get out of the pool stage.
Smith’s eventual champions South Africa will beat Ireland in the quarter-finals and Australia, after themselves getting past France, in the last four according to his predictions.
How close to the mark will they prove?