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What is the point of the RWC?

18 October 2011, 07:05  - Heinrich
Dear Editor,

No matter who won what, South Africa could never play New Zealand in the RWC Final 2011.

Now we have a French team in the final. A team in my view that would be beaten 9 times out of 10 anywhere in the world by New Zealand, Australia or South Africa.

What is the point? At least they have no chance to beat the ABs in the final. Imagine this French team being crowned World Champions.

The Rugby World Cup competition is broken. The only way to ensure that the best teams have a chance to compete at the top is to use a Currie Cup or old Super 14 Rugby system, where every team plays the other teams. France plays SA, NZ, AUS, England, Wales, Ireland etc. Whoever is in the top 8.

The second tier nations also play a shorter competition on its own and the top two qualify to compete in the first tier nation’s competition.

We then use the four years between World Cups to setup ratings and bonus points for the RWC. Meaning, at the end of each year if you are the number one team in the World you get two points for example, which you can start within the competition. The runner up gets one.

So if you are the best team in the world for three years you can start with 6 points this will force all the countries to make sure that their best teams are chosen for every test match. Not this mediocre four-year mentality all aimed at success at the RWC.

Heinrich

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