Rugby. 2023 World Cup “disfigured”: one Irishman thinks so

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An Irish journalist believes the 2023 World Cup is being skewed because of too early a draw. (©Icon Sport)

The Rugby World Cup 2023, which is less than 10 months away, all eyes of fans are already on the planetary event. After a (30-26) win over South Africa in Marseille last weekend, The XV of France Allegedly more favorite tag.

Les Bleus de Galthy will open hostilities with a shocker against the All Blacks, treble winners of the competition (1995, 2011, 2015). However, in Ireland, one journalist believes the 2023 World Cup is “distorted”.

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What prompts him to say this is that the top 4 teams in the world right now (they occupy the top 4 positions in the World Rugby Rankings) Chickens A and BTwo of them will be eliminated from the quarter-finals (if eliminated from their groups, of course).

If this is possible, it is due to “crowded” equilibrium. Of course, this happened in December 2020. For journalist Peter Jackson Irish Examiner, This is nonsense. He uses a comparison with football, where the 2022 World Cup kicks off in Qatar on November 20: the draw is held on November 1.er April 2022, which is less than 8 months before the competition.

The draw was made in “excessive haste,” he wrote. For him, it reflects more the reality of the moment. He also points to the selection of seeds based on the rankings for the 2019 World Cup in Japan (1. South Africa, 2. England, 3. New Zealand, 4. Wales).

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The problem with Wales

Strictly speaking, according to Peter Jackson, it is heretical to make Wales a descendant. Inn World Rugby Rankings Updated Monday, November 14 The League XV narrowly beat Argentina (20-13). All Blacks overturned in Cardiff (23-55)Only point to 7E Place, after falling to 9E Recently ranked.

“We have a group including Wales, Australia, Fiji and Georgia, and it is possible that we will start the World Cup without any of their teams being ranked No. 6 in the world. “There has never been such a weak group in the World Cup,” accused Jackson. He adds: “At the same time, we’ve never had such a strong group with Ireland, Springboks and Scotland rocking the All Blacks like never before (last week’s 23-31 defeat, editor’s note).

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Having lost here in 2021, Wales continue their 32-match losing streak against the All Blacks and find them in Cardiff on November 5, 2022.
Wales, seeded for the 2023 World Cup, enjoyed a draw. (©Illustration Icon Sport)

Delay balance

Apart from the crazy quarter-finals on one side of the table, we could even end up with the likes of Wales, Australia and Argentina in the semi-finals of the World Cup. Journalist from Irish Examiner forcing:

The mess could easily have been avoided if the draw had been delayed. The 2023 Rugby World Cup would have avoided putting the four main favorites on the same side of the table.

Peter JacksonJournalist for the Irish Examiner

Admittedly, two teams, the All Blacks, France and Ireland, will leave South Africa before the 2023 World Cup semi-final stage.

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