With the Rugby World Cup in full swing, let’s consider a few international stocks that could be compared with some of the participants in the tournament. These are my thoughts, in the approximate order of each nation’s likelihood of finishing as world champions (starting with the biggest underdogs and ending with the team that I consider to be favourites … in my totally unbiased view, of course). 

England: No offence, but they remind me of Nokia. Used to be good — in fact, they invented the game. But they haven’t done much for years. Yes, they had a decent start against Argentina, but I don’t think they’re going to win the cup. ..

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