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2015 RWC Pool Placings

November 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

The top four teams consolidated their positions at the top of the IRB rankings and the RWC pools over the weekend but there are still a lot of rugby left before the draw is made on 3 December. Positions 5 to 10 are in a state of flux and good wins or bad losses by any of these teams could see the picture change substantially.

With France and Scotland expected to beat Samoa and Tonga this weekend the crunch matches are

Ireland vs Argentina
England vs South Africa

Ireland and Argentina both need to win to consolidate their position in the next four while, ironically, England need to lose to take themselves out of the dreaded #5 spot which places them in the same pool as the All Blacks.

Wales is in serious danger of slipping further down the rankings even though a loss to the All Blacks won’t change their ranking points a good win by Scotland (more that 15 points) over Tonga will see Scotland overtaking them.

IRB Rankings after 18 November:

Pos 18 Nov Team 18-Nov*
1 NEW ZEALAND 92.91
2 SOUTH AFRICA 86.05
3 AUSTRALIA 85.95
4 FRANCE 84.99
5 ENGLAND 81.96
6 ARGENTINA 79.88
7 IRELAND 79.03
8 WALES 78.95
9 SAMOA 78.79
10 SCOTLAND 77.42
11 ITALY 76.61
12 TONGA 74.66

* The points are unofficial and will only be finalised on Monday, 19 November.

RWC Pool positions after 18 November:

Pool 1 is set to be the pool of death with possibly NZ, England and Wales in it.

Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3 Pool 4
NEW ZEALAND SOUTH AFRICA AUSTRALIA FRANCE
ENGLAND ARGENTINA IRELAND WALES
SAMOA SCOTLAND ITALY TONGA

 

Remaining fixtures:

Sat – 24 Nov 2012
Ireland vs Argentina
England vs South Africa
Scotland vs Tonga
France vs Samoa
Wales vs New Zealand
Italy vs Australia

Sat – 1 Dec 2012
Wales vs Australia
England vs New Zealand

4 responses to 2015 RWC Pool Placings

  1. Pools are drawn randomly. A team in the top 4 can be drawn alongside anyone from 5-8 and so forth.

  2. will there be a fourth team per pool? and why wouldn’t you want to be in the same pool with the all blacks? barring the traditional thought that to win the RWC you need to win all your matches. it means you would play them early and only have to meet them again in the final. not so dreaded if you ask me.

    • Each pool will have 5 teams. The top three per pool pre-qualified in the last RWC, the next two have to qualify in pools from the Americas, Asia, Africa, etc.

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