Sunday, 2 December 2012

Rugby World Cup seedings Explained

With the draw tomorrow for the 2015 Rugby World Cup I will explain who will be in what Band.

Band 1/A is the four top teams in the IRB world rankings that have qualified for the world cup by being in the top 3 in their group at RWC 2011 on the 26th November 2012. None of these teams can be in the same group.
Those teams are:
Position (last week)Member UnionRating Point
1(1)NZLNEW ZEALAND92.91
2(2)RSASOUTH AFRICA86.94
3(3)AUSAUSTRALIA86.31
4(4)FRAFRANCE85.07

Band 2/B is 5th to 8th highest teams that have qualified for RWC 2015. Again None of these teams can be in the same Group.

5(5)ENGENGLAND (Host Nation)81.07
6(7) IREIRELAND80.22
7(8) WALWALES78.95
8(9) SAMSAMOA78.71

Band 3/C is 9th to12th highest teams that have qualified for RWC 2015. You get the idea.
9(6) ARGARGENTINA78.71
10(11) ITAITALY76.24
11(12) TGATONGA76.10
12(10) SCOSCOTLAND (Winners of RWC 2015)75.83

Band 4/D and 5/D will be made up of teams from regional qualifying tournaments.

Region
Qualyfing Tournement      Name Team(s) Leading or most likely to qualify  20th team play-off spots
Africa CAR Division 1A Namibia (Highest Ranked Team) (24) 1
Americas
 Regional Play-off USA (16) and Canada (14) (HRT) 1
Asia
 Asian 5 Nations Japan (15) (HRT) 1
Europe
European Nations Cup Georgia (17) Spain (18) (HRT) 1
Oceania Oceanic Cup Winner vs Fiji Fiji (13) (HRT) 0
 
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