How Much Is The Tier 1 v 2 Gap Down To Fitness?

At the recent Rugby World Cup we had 20 teams which, from a statistical point of view, they were nicely split half with 10 Tier 1 and 10 Tier 2 countries. I have taken how many points were scored in each quarter for all the games to see when the points were scores and when the... Continue Reading →

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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