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  1. So a decent weekend of quarter final action. We saw the All Blacks dominate Ireland to move on, England winning against Australia to set up a New Zealand vs England semi final. We saw a spirited Japan bow out to South Africa and Wales come from behind to beat France to set up a South Africa vs. Wales semi final. I'm going to take New Zealand over England but in a close game and I'll take South Africa over Wales. I think the Boks are the only real threat to the All Blacks right now.
  2. Quarter Finals are set: Ireland vs. New Zealand Australia vs. England South Africa vs. Japan Wales vs. France I'm taking England, Wales, South Africa and New Zealand. I think South Africa will be too strong for South Africa and they will not underestimate them this world cup. Ireland and New Zealand is a toss up for me. Ireland hasn't been that great as of late and the All Blacks will kick it into a higher gear for the quarter finals. Any other thoughts on the quarter finals?
  3. The penultimate team, the Calgary Stampeders. With the Stamps, I went with a design inspired by their 1948 design. For their signature jersey, I went with a western shirt style jersey as it is home to the most prestigious rodeo in North America. C & C as always.
  4. The Canada vs. Namibia match could be the next game to get cancelled. Will have to wait until later today to find out... To be honest this would be a blessing for Canada so that they wouldn't have to be embarrassed like they have been in their last 3 games.
  5. The first of the two Alberta based teams, the Edmonton Eskimos. Went with league style jersey with them as I felt it worked well for a simplistic design. For their signature, I went with something based off of their current signature jersey. C&C as always is appreciated.
  6. Officials have cancelled a couple of games due to Typhoon Hagibis. Italy vs. New Zealand game was cancelled and the Italians are not happy about it. Italy wanted to move the game to a later date but the Kiwis we concerned that they wouldn't have enough of a break between that game and their quarter final game. The England vs. France game was also cancelled. That one didn't have any bearing on the standings. Some people are upset that officials didn't have a contingency plan in place.
  7. And with a couple of those jerseys, there were some interesting things to note: If you look closely, Stan Smyl and Orland Kurtenbach's jerseys are Adidas jersey
  8. All of the Ontario teams are now complete. The Ottawa RedBlacks was one that was not well done when I originally did it. This time I went with the vertical pin stripes on the home and away to keep is somewhat consistent with Ottawa Fury FC (also owned by the same group). Went with the RedBlacks plaid pattern on the arms of both home and away but kept them to sort of blend with the entire jersey. For the signature, I went with the plaid pattern all the way through. C & C always appreciated.
  9. I agree. They have been coming on as of late on the world scene. It's probably pissing off the old boys club at World Rugby that Japan could, in the very near future, be considered a tier 1 nation.
  10. Winnipeg Blue Bombers are next. Went with their original logo which was more rugby like a rugby logo. Very traditional rugby style here. Went with the Bombers striping on the arms and carried it all the way around the jersey. For the signature kit, took the inspiration from their old signature jersey but swapped the body and arms around.
  11. Well some mixed bag for results for the Americas teams. Argentina lost a close one to France 23-21 Uruguay pulled off an upset by beating Fiji 30-27 Games from today if you haven't already watched Ireland looks to be on form as well with their dispatching of Scotland 27-3. The fans in Scotland are non too pleased with that one.
  12. Next up is the Toronto Argonauts. They actually started as a rugby club so went with their rugby club logo from way back. The home and away kit have a very Cardiff Blues style to them as they are probably one of the best examples of blue on blue rugby kits out there. They signature kit is a simple rugby league style kit with the front chevron.
  13. Since I haven't seen one on here, thought I would start one for the rugby followers. The World Cup started today with Japan taking on Russia. Saw the first few minutes of the game and was kind of surprised by how well Russia was playing. Anyways, curious to see input on picks to win it all this year. The All Blacks are heavy favorites to do the three-peat but haven't been playing all that well leading up to it. a big lose to Australia and a tire with South Africa in the Rugby Championship saw them lose that competition to South Africa. The Spring Boks could also be a favorite to win their 3rd Webb Ellis Trophy as they have been playing well. As for the northern hemisphere teams, Ireland who holds the number 1 ranking going into the competition has a decent chance of winning their first World Cup. The other side story is the up and coming 2 tier nations. Japan is starting to play really good rugby as well as the USA. Could be their coming out party and actually put some real pressure on those tier one countries. As for Canada, they are projected to beat Namibia but that's about it. They have been playing terrible for the last 4-5 years and there has been a lot of internal turmoil within Rugby Canada. I am really hoping they can pull off the upset victory over Italy and get that win over Namibia so they secure an automatic birth in the next World Cup. What are the other predictions for this World Cup?