2019 Rugby World Cup

Agent_Smith

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The world at his feet, agents and clubs beating down his door for him to put pen to paper and he goes and does this. SMH...
 

ReeceDBN031

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The world at his feet, agents and clubs beating down his door for him to put pen to paper and he goes and does this. SMH...
who said it was done recently.. maybe its been a while??
saw some pics of how he was in varsity cup.. geez he was small
 

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World Rugby announces minor Television Match Official protocol amendment
World Rugby has announced a minor amendment to the Television Match Official (TMO) protocol within Law 6 to provide the match official team with greater decision-making support when applying the high tackle sanction framework for dangerous shoulder charges and high tackles.

Operational immediately, it will be mandatory for the TMO to be involved in the verification process to confirm any red card decisions which are linked to the referee’s use of the framework as follows:
  • 4.6 If the referee determines that a dangerous high tackle or shoulder charge warrants a red card, then the referee must firstly verify the decision with the TMO. Both the referee and TMO should use the High Tackle Sanction Framework to determine whether a red card is the correct sanction.
The amendment to aid decision-making follows an initial review of progress since its implementation in May 2019 by the international federation’s Executive Committee with the key objective of ensuring that the important player welfare initiative continues to optimise clear and consistent officiating.

Importantly, the amendment also enables the match officials to have full use of the comprehensive Hawkeye technology that will operate at Rugby World Cup 2019 to support on-field decision making. The committee has given its full backing to the process, its implementation by the match officials, and endorsed the continued close collaboration and communication between coaches, players and match officials ahead of Rugby World Cup.

World Rugby is committed to reducing the risk of injury in the sport. The high tackle sanction framework was developed in collaboration with unions, coaches, players, referees and medics to drive consistency and simplicity to the process of identification and sanctioning of dangerous foul play that carries the greatest risk of head-injury*. It is intended to change player behaviour from positions of high risk to low risk, by the promotion of good technique.
I still support the call to have neutral decision-makers, but with this change, it will also apply to the TMO. In-match perception and video perception… the man who is involved with the players, situationally, have the better read on the circumstances. As I said, as long as it is neutral it is a good decision, and as long as it doesn’t take up too much time.

Rugby is evolving, the pace is improving by each and every year, and you simply can’t take the momentum away, dwindling on decisions.
 

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It's pretty interesting that world rankings are not always a true reflection of favorites for the RWC. For example Wales, who are currently number 1 in rankings are pretty much outsiders as 5th favorites.

Obviously NZ are 1, followed by England, SA, Ireland, Wales and Aus.


General Rugby World Cup Betting

 
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Fulcrum29

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Canada didn’t do too well tactically against the BC All Stars.

40min: BAS 13 – 17 CAN

Then Canada made wholesale substitutions and won the game 13 – 45. This isn’t a good result, neither a good warmup to have. Canada should have played a game against Namibia, Russia, etc.

Next week they are revisiting the USA which obliterated them in the PNC.

I believe they, Namibia and Russia are going to have a hard time at the Rugby World Cup. Uruguay looks to be better equipped this time around.
 

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I believe they, Namibia and Russia are going to have a hard time at the Rugby World Cup. Uruguay looks to be better equipped this time around.
At least it's a quick trip home for the Russians, Namibia not so much
 

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It's pretty interesting that world rankings are not always a true reflection of favorites for the RWC. For example Wales, who are currently number 1 in rankings are pretty much outsiders as 5th favorites.

Obviously NZ are 1, followed by England, SA, Ireland, Wales and Aus.

The rugby world rankings are misunderstood in my opinion. It is like any other sports rating system. World Rugby has a traditional power rating in a straight-up ladder system. This same system is applied all over the USA in each and every sporting league. It is hardly a predictor, and every coach is well aware of how this system works so I don’t know why a coach like Steve Hansen made a silly remark. Maybe he, personally, doesn’t like the draw against the Springboks and the huge loss against the Wallabies. Beating the Wallabies would have retained their world power ranking.

During the Rugby World Cup, the top teams will be more or less balanced out again on where they should more or less belong on the ladder.

In World Rugby terms, Argentina (11th) and Italy (13th) are tier 1 rugby nations, but both these teams hardly ever play tier 2 teams and the same may be said about tier 2 teams playing against tier 1 teams. In my opinion, the ladder must be split into tiered divisions and by promotion or relegation amongst the divisions to change or adapt the test predictions over 4 years. This will allow more tier 1 vs tier 2 matches and more tier 2 vs tier 3 matches. This is ignoring promotional test matches to advance the game’s popularity, *cough*, which was partly to the reason Japan had so many tier 1 matches since RWC 2015 which have hardly resulted in growing the game in Japan.
 

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WATCH: Japanese rugby lovers sing SA national anthem
Cape Town - Rugby World Cup fever has hit Japan in a big way.

That much is clear in a video that is currently gaining traction on social media in which a group of Japanese supporters sing the South African national anthem.

The video was shot at the Kumagaya Stadium and it was reported that around 400 locals - including the town's mayor - turned up to form the choir.

The stadium will host the September 6 warm-up clash between the tournament hosts Japan and the Springboks in what will be South Africa's final hit-out before their September 21 tournament opener against the All Blacks in Yokohama.

 

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The first time that a tier 1 nation plays rugby in Tbilisi and beats Georgia 10-44. Well done to Scotland. There is a massive gap between tier 1 and tier 2 nations at the moment with Italy hardly holding on to their 1 tier status.

Japan is still to play the Springboks, New Zealand to play Tonga and Australia to play Samoa. Fiji missing out on a warmup since Argentina denied them a warmup and will play their opening World Cup game against Australia. It is not easy to determine the tier 2 strength at the moment.
 

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The first time that a tier 1 nation plays rugby in Tbilisi and beats Georgia 10-44. Well done to Scotland. There is a massive gap between tier 1 and tier 2 nations at the moment with Italy hardly holding on to their 1 tier status.

Japan is still to play the Springboks, New Zealand to play Tonga and Australia to play Samoa. Fiji missing out on a warmup since Argentina denied them a warmup and will play their opening World Cup game against Australia. It is not easy to determine the tier 2 strength at the moment.
10-44 isn't that bad, It does nothing to show this huge gap when 1st tier nations often get a simular scoreline against each other. It is reasonably competitive and 2 tier nations are doing great work to up their game.
 

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10-44 isn't that bad, It does nothing to show this huge gap when 1st tier nations often get a simular scoreline against each other. It is reasonably competitive and 2 tier nations are doing great work to up their game.
Georgia probably played the most one-dimensional game I have ever seen. Scotland had no issue picking their lines apart. Their rugby isn’t evolving, it is slow and traditional. Georgia didn’t make an impression, and this is a side who are more than capable to rack in the victories in their own league, undisputed, and over Tonga and Samoa.

Their coach is a seasoned Kiwi, they should have evolved their game by now. Italy will trump them.

Huge scorelines are acceptable when tries are scored by both sides due to the change in structure to unstructured play. Japan scored tries against the All Blacks and still lost by a mile, but they still scored tries nonetheless as they did against all other tier 1 nations. Georgia scored one try against Scotland on the substitution cycle.

Georgia received a barbarian wallop.

As the Independent put it,


stole the limelight as Scotland put on a show in their final Rugby World Cup audition with a 44-10 thrashing of Georgia in Tbilisi.
Scotland made 10 changes to the team which has beaten the French. The Georgians played at strength.
 

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Cape Town - Samoa head coach Steve Jackson has announced his 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan, which includes prop Michael Alaalatoa.

Crusaders prop Alaalatoa is joined by the likes of Logovi’i Mulipola, Motu Matu’u, TJ Ioane and Jack Lam in the forwards picked by Jackson.

Tim Nanai-Williams, Alapati Leiua, Rey Lee-Lo, Kieron Fonotia and Tusi Pisi are among the backs selected as Samoa get ready for Japan.

Samoa squad for Rugby World Cup:

Forwards (17)


Afaesetiti Amosa, TJ Ioane, Jack Lam, Piula Fa’asalele, Josh Tyrell, Chris Vui, Teofilo Paulo, Kane Leaupepe, Senio Toleafoa, Michael Alaalatoa, Paul Alo-Emile, James Lay, Jordan Lay, Logovi’i Mulipola, Motu Matu’u, Ray Niuia, Seilala Lam

Backs (14)

Ed Fidow, Tim Nanai-Williams, Ahsee Tuala, Belgium Tuatagaloa, Henry Taefu, Alapati Leiua, Reynold Lee-Lo, Kieron Fonotia, AJ Atatimu, Tusi Pisi, Ulupano Seuteni, Dwayne Polotaivao, Melani Matavao, Scott Malolua
It seems that Samoa is eyeing to be the oldest team at RWC 2019, Tonga will be challenging them on the average age.
 

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Rugby World Cup: They're not all called 'haka' — the differences between Pacific war dances
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Does Australia have a war dance?

While Australia doesn't have a war dance, the rugby team did perform a cultural dance back in 1908, according to the Australian Rugby Union website.

Again, not wanting to be bettered by the All Blacks' haka Ka Mate, the Australian team performed an Indigenous song and dance during their England tour.

However, then-Wallabies captain Herbert Moran thought it was a sham.

In his autobiography, Viewless Winds, he wrote: "I refused to lead the wretched caricature of a native corroboree, and regularly hid myself among the team, a conscientious objector."

In 1999, Australian singer John Williamson led the crowd in Waltzing Matilda as a reply to the haka before kick-off at home Tests.

And in 2003, the Australian Rugby Union made a formal request to the International Rugby Board (IRB) for Waltzing Matilda to be sung at the 2003 World Cup, but it was ruled that only a country's national anthem could be sung and exceptions would only be made for performances deemed of cultural significance.
 

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Georgia probably played the most one-dimensional game I have ever seen.
Pick and go bruisers, didn't watch the game but have watched their younger sides. I'm assuming that's what they tried against the Scots.
 
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