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@Capedcrusader - I think that's a little unfair; where's the middle ground? I personally thought the Kiwis showed great character and nerve to win it when they were frankly getting pumelled up front by France, a bit like last weekend's game against Ireland. I'll take nothing away from that win. That doesn't however mean I'm not terribly disappointed by the standard of refereeing in that final, which appeared to hamstring the French at crucial moments. Sometimes teams are lucky with the bounce of the ball, a player losing their footing or a gust of wind; they shouldn't be lucky that the referee bottles key decisions.
Posted 13:17 21st June 2012
If it was anyone but NZ playing in the final it would have been a ground out professional win with some luck. Little mention of the ref or players. Why because un rugby educated trollers are so obsessed with berating the most successful team in the history of the game & the only team that ensures its lucky recipients put the jersey above their own ambitions and achieves such success as a result because they insist on venting their fury upon us for their teams failings and inadequecies to ease the burden of the inferiority complex they carry constantly on their shoulders. If you want to dish it out take it
Posted 10:40 21st June 2012
jeez the pumas are already coming for england. they will be there by the end of the year at the lastest.
JayStarr, JayStarr, JayStarr what ridiculousness you speak
Posted 07:13 21st June 2012
@JayStarr another conspiracy theory you Bokkes have more of these doing the rounds than the JFK assassination. I agree (1st time for everything) with the first part of @trinats post. Good to see trinats is still delusional enough to think France should have won the WC though.
Posted 00:53 21st June 2012
ah alas, Japan should be trying to hit the top 12 by now, but are behind Georgia. Not good progress me thinks.
@ Planet Rugby; could you post the IRB rankings criteria at the bottom of these articles as time and time again, many people are not sure about why team x are in their position vs team y. Cheers!
Posted 14:03 20th June 2012
Maybe it's because SA haven't beaten Australia (in how many years) Or maybe because Australia won the tri nations last year ??
Wait until the Arggies beat you ! there will be that may leapfrogging you that you'll be named kermit !!!
PS the tours were decided prior to the 6 nations, so SA could have played NO1 if England were good enough, but they are not..
regardless of where France are in the rankings or how they played throughout the WC, they were the better team in the final and were robbed of the victory.
Posted 13:47 20th June 2012
So France come second in the RWC & should have been handed the trophy in a lot of eyes even though they had a poor tournament & are now 7th in the rankings. Thats why Les Bleus don't deserve to be champions they wouls simply cheapen the cup
Posted 10:29 20th June 2012
Google is your friend...
Not sure what scheduling tours and the rankings have to do with each other but perhaps we get you fitted for a tin-foil hat?
Posted 05:10 20th June 2012
Wow... France in 7th place! Tut tut tut...
Also, how do these rankings work? Is Australia scoring more points because they're beating Wales than SA is scoring for beating England? Because Wales is ranked higher than England?
If so, do you think it's a pure co-incidence that NZ (ranked 1st) is playing the lowest ranked team of the three... and Australia is playing the highest ranked? Or do you think newly IRB appointed John O'Neil is behind that one? Seems like everything in rugby these days is set up to favour Australia.
Posted 15:25 19th June 2012
playing a tri-nation side and playing samoa are two very different kettle of fish...
but your question i suppose is a just one.
Posted 14:42 19th June 2012
Let's hope we do better on Saturday and in the Autumn. We want to be in 4th (or above) for the seedings.
That said, I think they're about right at the moment and reflect where most teams are. 6, 7 and 8 will be contentious, but considering the last RWC, the recent 6N and this SH tour, I think it's about fair.
Posted 12:53 19th June 2012
@PR Which side stands the best chance of winning their last Test on tour?
Have you forgotten about Scotland?
Posted 12:26 19th June 2012