In one year the William Webb Ellis trophy will be handed to the triumphant captain at Twickenham. Our writers are unanimous in their belief that Stuart Lancaster’s side will be facing the All Blacks in that final – do you agree?
Rugby World Cup 2015 : One year to go and our experts predict an England vs New Zealand final
Via telegraph.co.uk Mick Cleary Final prediction: England v New Zealand Winner: England England will have massive boost with home advantage, will have their injuries under control as in camp for three months, and Sam Burgess will be a star.
Steve James Final prediction: England v New Zealand Winner: New Zealand I think it will be an England v New Zealand final (the All Blacks will probably meet South Africa in the semi final) and while New Zealand are likely to be favourites and I take them to win, anything can happen in a final, as was shown last time when the All Blacks were paralysed by fear against France.
Paul Hayward Final prediction: England v New Zealand Winner: New Zealand New Zealand to defend their title in a final against England. Why? The individual skill or creativity deficit might defeat England in the end, as it often does against the Southern Hemisphere sides. Both countries have impressive conveyor belts but New Zealand have more game changing talent to draw on. They shed the ‘chokers’ tag in 2011.
Brian Moore Final prediction: England v New Zealand Winner: England If England top their Pool I think they can win the whole thing because they have a better run to the final. If not New Zealand.
Gavin Mairs Final prediction: England v New Zealand Winner: New Zealand New Zealand to edge England in a drama-filled final. The defending champions are still most potent force around and will be without the suffocating pressure of 2011.
Sir Ian McGeechan Final prediction: England v New Zealand Winner: England I think it will be an England versus New Zealand final and because New Zealand seem to struggle so much in World Cups away from home, I will go for the home side to win it.