Rugby World Cup 2019: “No fait accompli’ for the All Blacks, insists former Wallabies skipper John Eales

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Richie McCaw and Dan Carter hoist the World Cup in 2015, but John Eales insists the All Blacks aren't guaranteed of winning the 2019 tournament.

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Richie McCaw and Dan Carter hoist the World Cup in 2015, but John Eales insists the All Blacks aren’t guaranteed of winning the 2019 tournament.

Wallabies great John Eales has warned a “very open” Rugby World Cup tournament will be no “fait accompli” for the All Blacks.

Eales – who played in Australia’s first World Cup winning team in 1991 and captained the Wallabies to their 1999 trophy win, said teams needed luck, as well as attention to detail, to win the Webb Ellis Cup.

“It’s going to be a very, very open World Cup, and even if at the end of the day there are only three or four teams that can win it – and if it was played 10 times the All Blacks would probably win more than everyone else — it’s not a fait accompli. There are a lot of teams going in believing they can win it,” Eales told Japan’sKyodo News.

Australia, South Africa and the All Blacks have won seven of the last World Cup titles, but Eales was adamant England, Wales and Ireland were also potential title contenders while Scotland could upset anyone on their day.

Former Wallabies captain John Eales, pictured with current Australian star David Pocock, is predicting

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