A new survey from Greene King IPA (the Official Community Club Partner of England rugby) also found that 43 per cent of Brits think England will reach the semi-final in Japan and 25 per cent think Wales will.

 

A mere 14 per cent of respondents thought England would bring home the silverware though, with 25 per cent believing the All Blacks will take the trophy in Japan.

When it comes to watching the games, 22 per cent said the ultimate place is at the pub with mates as they can soak up the atmosphere. 17 per cent of those polled said that they will drink a couple of pints whilst watching the game, whilst one in 20 would admit to having five or more during in a match.

Former England Rugby Union International, Andy Goode, said: "Rugby brings people together more than any other sport – whether that's down your local for some friendly competition with your mates, or at the stadium itself. It doesn't matter who you are or where you've come from, it's all about the atmosphere and the thrill of the game."

The recently revamped Greene King IPA (which is also the Official Beer of England Cricket) is running a series of adverts throughout the Rugby World Cup featuring England cricket team and Phil Tuffnell discussing the upcoming tournament over a pint, while premiership players from Harlequins and Saracens debate the finer points of the game with Andy Goode.

The brewer also used the survey as an opportunity to ask rugby fans who they thought was the best kicker of all time (30 per cent cited Jonny Wilkinson, with just under a fifth also believing he is also the best player in English history.

One in 10 thought that infamous bad boy Danny Cipriani would have added great value to the squad if he was to have a shot at playing.

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