RWC schedule shuffle on cards

2011-10-10 15:11

Auckland - Rugby's major nations have endorsed a 20-team format for the sport's 2015 Rugby World Cup and have offered to play midweek matches to ensure the lower-ranked teams have more time between matches.

Representatives of Tier One nations met on Monday to discuss the format and commercial model for the next World Cup, which will be held in England, broaching issues which recently saw a New Zealand-led threat to boycott the tournament.

New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew has said the All Blacks could consider skipping the 2015 event unless the International Rugby Board addresses concerns around the tournament's effects on test match revenues and sponsorships for member unions. Australia has supported New Zealand's stand.

Lower-ranked nations competing at the World Cup have also attacked a schedule which has given some of them as little as four days between games, while the top tier countries enjoyed longer rest breaks.


  • Andrew - 2011-10-10 17:47

    They have a responsibility to give every team the best chance possible of competing. It's only fair. I personally would have loved to see a Pacific Isles side in the QFs somewhere. We need to develop rugby worldwide, because competition will spur on the sport to greater heights.

  • Watookal - 2011-10-10 17:51

    The International Rugby Board should also consider not revealing who play's against who in the Quater and Semi-finals untill the Pool stages are done. It is too easy for the bigger countries to through a game in order to get a easy team in the quater's. Through the names of the top two teams in each pool in a hat and draw them.

      Alo - 2011-10-10 20:14

      They could add another round of play offs for second and third place teams in the pools thus ensuring that teams want to finish top and more teams like, Samoa and Fiji get a chance

      Richard - 2011-10-10 20:26

      Keeping the Quarter Final details a secret is an excellent idea! As things stand in this WC it has basically been Trinations on one side and 6 Nations the other. Fact is we can watch that every year. We want to see a proper mix up of teams.

  • Zion - 2011-10-10 18:05

    What these people are saying is the format of 20 teams will remain that way. That is the problem in the RWC series. A better format would be to divide the teams into two divisions almost like a premium division and a 1st division. The first division anly plays qualifying games in their division and the winners, two teams play the teams at the bottom of the premium division log. What did Namibia and South Africa get out of their match? Nothing. SA came out on top of the world cup log while Namibia came 20th (Samoa was 19th) while Wales, believe it or not, was second with NZ 3rd and Australia 6th The log positions are my own analysis.

  • funguy28 - 2011-10-10 20:55

    The IRB should also employ refrees who knows the game and also not allow refrees to blow the outcome of their national team in the finals, a good example is the Australia and South Africa game Bryce Lawrence(from New Zealand) had the oppertunity to dictate who the All Blacks will play in the semi-finals. Howcome was this allowed????

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