The first games in the WWC 2017 start tomorrow – many of the sides have been boosted by players from the 7s world series – so there will be no lack of pace.
I take England to beat Spain comfortably
It would take a huge game from Wales to beat NZ – although Ireland did it in 2014. Still hard to see anything but a NZ win
USA will account for Italy
Canada are in top 3 in the world – will be tough on newcomers Hong Kong
Huge game for Ireland taking on the Wallaroos – home advantage will see the host nation start with a win
France will triumph against Japan
Three of the games are ‘live’ on ITV4 – including the England match