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‘Unbeatable’ New Zealand to win World Cup, says Varndell

SPEEDSTER: Varndell

ENGLAND INTERNATIONAL Tom Varndell reckons that long standing world number ones New Zealand will win the World Cup in their own backyard next month.

The rugby union World Cup begins on September 9 in New Zealand and London Wasps winger Varndell believes that the All Blacks are favourites to lift the Webb Ellis trophy at the end of the tournament.

When mentioning who Varndell thought will win the World Cup, the 25-year-old, who has been capped four times by England, told the Voice of Sport:

“I think it’s got to be New Zealand. They’ve been pretty much the number one team for the last three years. During the Tri Nations that they’re playing in at the moment against Australia and South Africa, they’re just tearing it up.


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“They’ve got players like Dan Carter, Ma’a Nonu and Richie McCaw, who week in week out performs for New Zealand. I’m sure those three are going to be the ones who drive the All Blacks forward and probably to World Cup victory.

“They look pretty much unbeatable at the moment and if they carry on in the form they’re going then they’re going to be world champions in six weeks time.”

The former Leicester Tiger selected 20-year-old centre Manu Tuilagi, who recently scored a try on his England debut against Wales, to make a huge impact Down Under.

“From an English point of view Manu Tuilagi is only 20 but he did big things in the Premiership last season, he got Young Player of the Year, and I think he can be one of the standout boys for England,” said Varndell.

“It’s going to be an amazing tournament and a great spectacle for everyone around the world. Hopefully England will do very well and will lift the World Cup again.”

Although Varndell featured for the England Saxons last year, his last appearance for the England elite side came back in 2008 and the speedster – who has scored 57 tries in 115 Premiership appearances - is hoping that his form this season will once again open the door for further international appearances.

“Every player who plays in England or is English wants to play for England.

“When you’ve tasted it, when you’ve had a couple of caps and you’ve been up there you always want to go back and do it again and again. If you play well and you’re in a successful team then you get the opportunities. You play well for your club and you’re in a winning team, you’ll get selected for England and that’s just how it goes.”

Wasps have traditionally been one of the most successful club sides in the Premiership but have not won any major silverware since 2008. With the season commencing this weekend, Varndell is targeting winning trophies at Adams Park.

“To win the league is the dream ambition for the season. We’re in the Amlin Challenge Cup, which is the second tier European Cup. We didn’t make the Heineken Cup because our performances weren’t good enough so obviously to win that [would be good].

“We need some silverware this year. We need something for the fans to get behind and the players needs to show that as a team we’ve moved forward from where we were last year and the most important thing is to win some trophies. I’ve been apart of teams that have won trophies and I want to get that feeling again. Nothing less than a trophy this year is what we’re aiming for.”

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