RWC draw is it a fair process?

December 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

Well I do not have to much of a problem with the rugby world cup draw.

It is done in three tiers so the top teams avoid each other in the group rounds. It is done a bit early in the 4 year cycle and no one can predict how the teams you will be playing against will climb or fall during the next 3 years.

Their reason for this early drawing is set to be that this gives the organizers enough time to get the “big” games at big stadiums at the optimum time so as to get the most money out of it. Sounds fair?

I think though it could be done better. Because for all HM messages about winning all 3 EOYT matches even if it is by one point because of the RWC draw. It would have made no difference if we were no.1 or no.4!! France being no.4 in the world got a lot easier group than Aus who is no.3. Is that fair?

I think it should not be a draw at all. It should be divided into 4 groups according to world ranking points. Easy!!

Group A – 1,8,12 with two qf

Group B – 2,7,11 with two qf

Group C – 3,6,10 with two qf

Group D – 4,5,9, with two qf

Group A and S should then play QF together and B and C should go against each other. It is so logical but maybe that is the thing this makes just to much sense for the IRB. They just like to F#ck everything up as much as possible.

As things stand Nz who has a clear margin at the top of the IRB rankings had no advantage over France who was no.4 in the rankings.

Just a thought.


7 responses to RWC draw is it a fair process?

  1. A fixed pool system would open it up for manipulation. Teams could lose on purpose to get into a more favourable pool, eg Oz could have lost to England and Wales to maybe end 5th.

    • Well why would you do it the lower your ranking the more difficult your opponents will be thus the more difficult your task of getting to the finals.

  2. What I still do not get is that we will once again have to contend with the All Black pre-match softening up squad aka Samoa in the next RWC! How the hell do those thugs always end in our pool?

  3. And why do the 3 SH giants always end up playing each other before the final? Once again (if I got this right) we might be playing Aus in the quarters and AB’s in the semis. Or AB vs Aus in semi. Should the entire thing not be set up so that the No 1 and No 2 ranked teams dont meet untill the final??? So then no 1 and no 2 play in the semi (which is esentially like a final), and whoever is on the other side of the draw has a much easier run to the final

    • Jip personally I think it should be like a tennis grand slam where the “favorites” are placed to meet in the final.
      But the IRB like it more that there is a bit of luck involved. And of coarse this helps the bookies a lot to.

  4. Ed Zachary the point of the post!

  5. Yeah, that group S is going to be a killer! ;)

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