Rugby World Cup 2015 Review

Wow the best ever Rugby World Cup has come to an end but it will live long in the memory. Here's my review of the good and bad bits along with how the teams did. The Positives Clearly there was the overall performance of the tier 2 nations and the closing margin of their losses.... Continue Reading →

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Who’s the second best team in the world?

If you ask which team is the best in the world you will only get one answer however begrudgingly it's given. However if you ask about second you'll get different answers. Over the last couple of months there have been 4 different teams at number 2 in World Rugby's rankings. Depending on how results go... Continue Reading →

Will we only have 1 Pacific Island team in Japan?

It looks like the three Pacific Island teams are all going to finish outside the automatic qualification slots in the pools. Let's have a look at the qualification process from the last two Rugby World Cups. The reason that I'm looking at the last two world cups in particular is that they have had the... Continue Reading →

The RWC Schedule: A Tier 2 Handicap?

When the Rugby World Cup match schedule was announced World Rugby stated it was the fairest yet. That they had reduced the short turnarounds and evened them up across tier 1 and tier 2. The mainstream press didn't ask questions. Now we have an outcry about the unfair turnarounds that some teams are having to... Continue Reading →

Is New Zealand’s paranoia with France justified?

It wasn't until I started the #RugbyChat that I understood how France worries Kiwis more than any other team come Rugby World Cup time. There is this belief that France always comes good at Rugby World Cups, well let's look at their results and see. The seed for this piece was an article in the... Continue Reading →

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