Jonah Lomu's guide to the World Cup quarter-finals

Last updated at 20:42 05 October 2007

Jonah Lomu, the World Cup's record

try-scorer, is the most famous player not to

have won the trophy.

His tally of 15 tries in 11

tournament matches for the All Blacks

includes the four with which he destroyed

England during the 1995 semi-final in Cape

Town — before the diagnosis of the chronic

kidney disease which forced him out of Test

rugby five years ago.

Here, he casts his critical

eye over the weekend's quarter-finals:


(Marseille, today, live on ITV1 1.10, kick-off 2.0)

England must try to smash the Aussies up front

and dominate possession.

If they do that it will

be a very close call.

But the Wallaby backs have

the potential to run riot with the 'Little

General', George Gregan, calling the shots and

looking after novice fly half Berrick Barnes.


can take it for granted that England won't

waste any time finding out what pushes the

youngster's buttons and what doesn't.

They have to put the heat on him by holding

onto the ball and every time they get close to

the Wallaby 22 they've got to come away with


If not, they could be in for a bad day at

the office. I expect Australia to win but not by as

many as some people think — somewhere

between seven and 14 points.


(Cardiff, tonight, live on ITV1 7.45, kIck-off 8.0)

For New Zealand, it's a case of win-or-bust

and, as a Kiwi, that worries me.

There's been

a lot of talk about France losing home

advantage but their record against the All

Blacks away from Paris is impressive.

I know

because I've been on the receiving end,

worst of all in that semi-final at Twickenham

in 1999. There's always the danger of it

happening again and it will boil down to

whoever handles the pressure better.

If France come up trumps again, the whole of

New Zealand will go into mourning and the

economy will take a real battering from

absenteeism in the workplace. I'm hoping it

won't come to that because the All Blacks

have the firepower to go through.


(Marseille, tomorrow, live on ITV1 1.30,

kick-off 2.0)

The question is how long the Fijian forwards can

stay in the game. Their backs are a match for

the best in the world, with players like Vilimoni

Delasau, who plays in France, and Seru Rabeni,

well known to Leicester fans.

Losing fly half

general Nicky Little is a huge blow because he's

such a good reader of the game.

I thought this would be the most competitive

World Cup of them all and I'm disappointed

Wales and Ireland have turned out to be the

biggest victims. The faster and looser Fiji can

make the game, the better their chance of

causing another upset and the last thing the

Springboks need is to be drawn into a sevens-style

contest. They'll use their power up front

and that will be good enough.


(Paris, tomorrow, live on ITV1 7.45, kick-off 8.0)

The Pumas are the most confident team in the

tournament. They have clicked from the start

and been very impressive in all four pool

matches, proving they can rise to the big

occasion. A couple of years ago they'd have

fallen short but now they have figured out

how to win big games.

I said before the first match they had the

beating of France and the ability to go all the

way to the Final.

The Scots will throw the

kitchen sink at it —and I wouldn't be

surprised if that included William Wallace's

sword — but Argentina's forward strength

will be decisive.

Jonah Lomu is sharing his expertise throughout the 2007

Rugby World Cup in his exclusive blog on Go to Yahoo! Eurosport for

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