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The Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools drawn and IRB awards given

Just as a footnote to say Wales management is actually spot on, England is still down as *TBC*

2 Years, 10 Months ago

The Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools drawn and IRB awards given

See I disagree. Playing better than the other team is obviously how you do actually win. But (a) its fun to speculate and (b) I feel its the variables that impact on allowing you to play better than the other team that are worth considering too, one being the tournament layout and your route to the final.

And I would argue that Nz ALMOST always have an easier rout to the quarters and semis than most teams due to their seeding and then when they come up against a tough team that front up and manages to rattle them (invariably by France for some reason) They come unstuck.....whether that is the draw layout or an inherent NZ trait I will leave to you. However I think that you can definitely get an indication for how the tournament will play out from the draw.

This said the tournament is 3 years away so not placing any bets just yet. Will be interesting to see what state the teams are in as we draw closer though with many struggling with indifferent form and abject management namely SA, Wales and England who incidentally everyone thinks are amazing after one big win despite being overshadowed in all their other games. 6 Nations will reveal more....

2 Years, 10 Months ago

The Rugby World Cup 2015 Pools drawn and IRB awards given

The teams that normally do well in the RWC are the ones that dont peak to early. *Case in point, England in the 2003 WC*. To me this means that being in an easy group could actually work against you as you are not mentally up to speed when the tough, tense game come a knocking.

This said, you could definitely argue that numerous tough fought and bruising encounters really wears you down mentally and physically so if squad depth isnt utilised in group stages teams may struggle to keep up their initial group stage intensity.

Well this is as inconclusive a post as ever.....but I felt like chucking in my tuppence.
SH ftw. (My moneys on SA for their 3rd WC)

2 Years, 10 Months ago

Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool Allocation Draw - Live stream

Pool A: Australia, England, Wales, Oceania 1, play-off winner.

Pool B: South Africa, Samoa, Scotland, Asia 1, Americas 2.

Pool C: New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga, Europe 1, Africa 1.

Pool D: France, Ireland, Italy, Americas 1, Europe 2.

2 Years, 10 Months ago

Italy vs Australia Highlights - November 2012

I love how there are no highlights for the last 25 minutes!!

2 Years, 10 Months ago

Western Province beat the Sharks to win dramatic 2012 Currie Cup Final

What a cracking game of rugby that was, chances for both teams to win it at the end!

But Mcleod butchered that final try but cutting inside, Ludik should have held his line and Mcleod should have stayed on his left instead of switching sides......TRY

2 Years, 11 Months ago

Aviva Premiership Highlights - Round 5

Yup, liking the killing two birds with one stone approach to highlights...suits us lazy clickers.

3 Years, 3 Days ago

TMO advises on Ofisa Treviranus big hit on Charlie Hodgson

Very confused.

3 Years, 3 Weeks ago

Edinburgh Rugby upset Toulouse in Heinenken Cup Quarter Final

I was at this game, and it was one of the best atmospheres I've ever experienced at Murrayfield!

Didn't think it was one of Nigels best games by any stretch of the imagination, I mean it didnt look like he was even going to bin Servat until Jacobsen started bating him and the crowd (who were immense) stated booing! Also did anyone spot the shove on Servat by Thierry @3.30 after he had just been penalised? Reminiscent of the one by Lote Tuquiri?

Cracking wknd for the rugby underdogs, I mean who would have predicted Ulster vs Edinburgh as the other semi......

3 Years, 5 Months ago

Digby Ioane suspended for five weeks for tip-tackle on Coetzee

Another excellent piece of judiciary work by the rugby judges, really showing their consistency. Idiots.

Also, isn't 2008 a long time ago to still be punishing him for??

3 Years, 6 Months ago